In July, Eesti Hoki Youth National Team candidates, men under 20 and 18, met for preparatory summer camps for the upcoming IIHF World Championships. The camps play an important role in construction of a good physical and mental shape, camps concentrated on coaching, physical and ice trainings, as well teamwork development and introduction of the Eesti Hoki's tactical plan.
In the coming season, Märt Eerme will be the head coach for the U18 youth National Team, assistant coach will be Kaupo Kaljuste and goalkeepers' coach Andrus Ahi. U20 Youth National Team head coach is Simo Luukkainen, assistant coach Turo Teittinen and goalkeepers' coach Otto Myllynen.
Märt Eerme: "Just like the we told the players at the last meeting, these 3 days were very good. Coaches and the rest of the team are very content with the boys and their attitude in the camp. The whole atmosphere and the player's positivity was great, especially considering that for many it was the first camp of the National Team. We introduced them the tactical game plan of the Eesti Hoki, through ice and physical trainings got a n overview of the players that we would be ready for the forthcoming World Championships in April next year. The next camp for the U18 National Team candidates will be in February 2019. For the time being, we keep an eye on the players and wish them a successful start of the season. "
Simo Luukkainen commented on the U20 camp as follows: "It is very important that the players are together for us to get to know them. We did group work, team development activities and ice trainings. We worked with individual skills, such as defense skills and how to use the hockey stick in the defense game. Team tactics is very important - as we play, defend, and attack as a team. We watched videos and analyzed the game plan. In short, we developed both individual and team tactics. "
Preparatory camps will be held in February and April 2019. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) II Division A World Championships will take place on April 7-13, 2019 in Lithuania. The U20 preparatory camps will be held in December 2018 and January 2019. The IIHF II Division A Group A World Championships will take place on the 13th-19th January in Tallinn, Tondiraba Jäähall.
The Estonian men's team will meet in November 2018, and April 2019 before the IIHF I Division Group B World Championships, taking place from April 28 to April 4, 2019 in Tondiraba Jäähall, Tallinn.
You can find galleries on Eesti Hoki Facebook page, U18 here and U20 here.