Family health

Finland women’s national team coach quits squad due to family health issues

The Finnish women’s national team will be without their original head coach for the remainder of the Olympics.

On Friday morning, the Finnish Olympic Committee announced that coach Pasi Mustonen would leave the team immediately and return home from Beijing to deal with “serious family health issues”.

Assistant coach Jusso Toivola will assume Mustonen’s duties for the rest of the tournament in his absence.

Mustonen’s departure is a blow to Finland barely two days after the start of the Olympic Games. Moving behind the bench in 2014, Mustonen led the Women’s National Team to a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympics in Sochi, as well as four IIHF Women’s World Championship medals, including a silver and four of bronze.

The decision to appoint Toivola as his replacement, however, comes as no surprise as many believed that Toivola should take over from Mustonen as the national team’s head coach at the end of this season.

Now, it looks like this power transition will likely take place much sooner than expected.

And while the details surrounding Mustonen’s departure have not been revealed, we can only hope that he and his family are safe and healthy for now.