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Riga "Dinamo" head coach Rautakallio sacked

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 RIGA, Nov 5 - Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Riga "Dinamo" today fired the team's head coach Pekka Rautakallio, as the club's management confirmed to LETA.
Assistant coach Artis Abols has been appointed acting head coach.
"I have no comment," Rautakallio told LETA. He also declined to comment on how well Abols would fare as head coach.
Rautakallio's last game at the helm was yesterday's KHL regular season game, with "Dinamo" losing to Minsk "Dinamo" 0.2.
Riga "Dinamo" has won just two games in regulation time out of 12 games in October. Also, the team has won just one game on the road (in regulation) so far this season. Altogether, Rautakallio's team had eight wins in 24 games, including five in regulation time.
Rautakallio was appointed head coach before last season, and "Dinamo" went as far as the KHL playoffs.
The 59-year-old Rautakallio played three seasons in the NHL during his playing career, and was the first Finn ever to play in the NHL All-Star Game. Rautakallio has coached several Finnish and Swiss clubs during his coaching career. Before taking the job with "Dinamo", Rautakallio coached the Finnish ice hockey club Pori "Assat" for two seasons.
Rautakallio is the fifth KHL head coach to be sacked this season.
As reported, Julius Supler of Slovakia was the head coach of Riga "Dinamo" in the first three seasons. All this time, Abols was also member of the "Dinamo" coaching team.
Abols, 39, has played for the Latvian national team in four world championships, but had to end his career as a player after a serious injury in 2008. Already next season, Abols was appointed assistant coach with Riga "Dinamo"
This past spring, Abols was also Latvian national hockey team head coach Ted Nolan's assistant.
Riga "Dinamo" is currently in 13th place in the KHL Western Conference with 23 points in 24 games.
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