Kevin Konstantin, the American, will be the coach of Hydro Fehérvár AV19, replacing Finn Antti Karhula, who extended his contract on March 26, but was fired on April 6 after losing the Hungarian Cup final. There weren’t many professionals with such pedigree in Sixfer or Hungary yet…
|Kevin Constantine (Photo: www.fehervarav19.hu)|
One of the biggest names in the club’s history was confirmed to the bench by Hydro White Castle AV19 when he signed American Kevin Constantine for a 2+1 year deal.
Only his compatriot, Ted Sator, was a caliber who earned two NHL playoffs a total of three times and served in the world’s top hockey tournament for 13 years before spending two years at Székesfehérvár towards the end of his career, and also two Hungary’s national team captain.
|Victor Zelig, General Manager of Fehérvár:- As a highly experienced and highly knowledgeable coach, I hope his coaching colleagues will also be good mentors. We need our hockey team to play more organized next season, and that’s what we expected from the coach. He has reached the highest levels abroad and in Europe as well, so we are confident he can help the team take it to the next level.|
Although 62-year-old Constantine has “only” spent eight years in the NHL, she has taken her to the playoffs five times in the meantime, and has two accomplishments that could be very significant to her year-round performance in Austria. Fehérvár, who is based at ICEHL, is unable to advance from the quarter-finals at the moment.
He’s done it twice, defeating the best #1 team with his worst #8 rating, which only he can tell for himself at his age, and having the San Jose Sharks for the third year in the National Hockey League, they scored 58 points more than It was the previous season, which is of course a record.
“I was very young, but she has helped me train the farm team for the past two years— Constantine said now. We’ve improved tremendously from the previous season, which is still a record, but no one remembers we started 0-8-1, so we had one draw, so if you’re an experienced coach, they’ll do it. Perhaps he will be expelled .. an opportunity and we reversed the situation.”
In the 1993-94 season, he was 34 years old as the youngest coach in the NHL, but through his bravery above, he immediately earned the title of Coach of the Year, which he did not receive but was honored by the American Hockey Association.
He later worked in Calgary, Pittsburgh, and New Jersey, and the list of players turning around under his hand is a sport to match – and the list that follows is far from complete!
In San Jose, his subordinates included the Russian Igor Larionov and Sergey Makarov, Latvian Arthurs Erbe and Sandys Ozulins, and the American Mike Sullivan, who twice received the title of Stanley as a coach.
Czechs Jaromir Jäger, Robert Lang, Martin Straka, Russian Alexei Kovalev, Morozov, Lithuanian Darius Kasparitis and Canadian Mario Lemieux were not in Pittsburgh just because he had just retired, so he was only Constantine’s boss. But in New Jersey, Canada’s Marty Browdor, Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, all series members Patrick Elias, Jason Arnott, Peter Sikora series, and John VanBiesbrook, who gave demonstration training to goalkeeper in Cabbage County in 2009 — what a god, Sator build on your invitation.
“Later in his career, one starts to think about how it affects his players. If someone calls, after three to four or five years of us working together, and tells them that they have learned a lot about hockey, about life, and become a better hockey player, or a coach, Or husband and father, it means more to me than results, what we have achieved on the ice – Constantine’s philosophy, then examined the question from the other side about who had the greatest influence on him. – The NHL was really Canadian in the first 80 years, it was hard to find an American coach, he is more diverse today. My best companions were books, about hockey, basketball, football, coaching and the life of coaches in general, I’ve read hundreds of such books.”
As a player, Constantine did not make a lasting impression, although he was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens as a 9/154 in 1978, but was only invited to a play test in 1980, where he did not qualify. After that, he didn’t play anymore, but first tried as a carpenter, bartender, and car dealer in civilian life, then traded his goalkeeper stuff for coaches and got into the National Hockey League for a decade.
From there he later signed for a short stint in France, longer in Switzerland, then switched in the Far East, jumping last season to Poland in November.
“Before I got a contract in France, I talked to a lot of people from both the profession and civil society about whether I should step up. In hockey, everyone said God forbid. Others say if I can keep doing what I love and live in France In the meantime, go ahead! So I did it and traveled all over Switzerland, the Far East and Poland, all of which I loved because I love learning about cultures, how societies are alike and different.” Konstantin, who already had indirect contact with Hungarian hockey in many places and times, only now makes sense.
For example, when his former player, Canadian Tyler Dietrich, worked as a youth coach at White Castle in the first half of 2010, Constantine, through whom he arrived, was already in talks with the club’s leadership at that time. In Switzerland, at Embry-Biotta, the second coach was the Canadian-Italian Diego Scandela, who was part of the Hungarian men’s team at the time of our promotion in 2008 and 2015, and the Swiss men’s team was led by Canadian-British Sean Simpson, our Fed captain. Szélig met Viktor, the general manager of Fehérvár, when Constantine coached Angers in 2010 and Szélig was still playing for Briancon.
Now, however, he can follow Fehérvár, arriving on the one hand without family so that his youngest son can finish his school, and on the other posing with him the legendary question about goalkeepers which is: “How many people have spent decades of their lives shooting at him?!”
Boy: 1958. December 27, International Falls, Minnesota
Post as a player: Doorman
NHL- Draft: 9/154. (1978 Montreal Canadiens)
Clubs as players: International Falls High (US/USHS, 1976-1977), Rensselaer Polytech (US/NCAA, 1977-1980)
Teams as coaches: North Iowa Huskies (US/USHL, 1985-1986), Northwood School (US/USHS, 1986-1987), Rochester Mustangs (US/USHL, 1987-1988), Kalamazoo Wings (US/IHL, 1988-1991 – Head Coach 2, US junior national team (1988-1991 – Head Coach II), Kansas City Blades (US/IHL, 1991-1993), San Jose Sharks (US/NHL, 1993-1996), Calgary Flames (Canadian/NHL, 1996-1997), Pittsburgh Penguins (US/NHL, 1997-1999), Pittsburgh Forge (US/NAHL, 2001, 2002-2003), New Jersey Devils (US/NHL, 2002) , Everett Silvertips (US/WHL, 2003-2007, 2013-2017)), Houston Eros (US/AHL, 2007-2010), Angers (French, 2010), Ambri-Piotta (Switzerland, 2010-2012; 2012-2013 – Adviser), Temjung Killer Whales (South Korea, 2018-2020), Unia Oswiecim (Polish, 2020-2021)
Best results as a coach: Champion of International Humanitarian Law (1992)
NHL balance as a coach. Main section: 377 games, 161 wins, 61 draws, 5 extra losses, 150 losses. hem: 21 wins, 29 losses, 39.8% success rate
Individual Awards and Certificates: IHL Coach of the Year (1992), NHL Coach of the Year (Jack Adams) (1994), U.S. Soccer Coach of the Year (1994), WHL Coach of the Year (2004)
|Fehérvár has taken an undisputed decisive position as the head coach, but the player’s framework is also evolving, with half of last season’s players being extended and István Terbócs signed from MAC HKB Újbuda as well. At the moment, only American Colton Hargrove is included in the category of the departed: he received a degree in the Czech Republic.
The Austria-based ICEHL will expand to 14 teams from the 2021-2022 season, joining Italian (South Tyrol) Pustertal/Val Pusteria and returning to Czech Orli Znojmo and Slovenian Olimpija Ljubljana. Due to the increase in the field, the management will change: the regular season, which begins on September 17, will increase to 52 rounds, and there will be no midfield, instead of 7-10. Placed in a 2-win “Wild Card” round. The duel continues from the quarter-finals to four victories.
White Water Castle AV19 2021-2022
Signed contract holders. Nightmare (1): Daniel Kornacker. Defenders (5): Tim Campbell, Paul Geiger (both Canadian), Milan Horvath, Pence Stepsic, Pence Sabo. Attackers (8): Istvan Bartalis, Janos Hari, Okus Mihaly, Andrew Saror, Istvan Tarbuk, Toni Kahkkonen (Finnish), Anzi Koralt (Slovenian), Alex Petan (Canadian-Italian)
the field: Bolzano, Postertal (Italian), Bratislava (Slovak), Dornbirn, Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz, Salzburg, Vienna, Villach (Austrian), White Castle, Ljubljana (Slovenian), Znojmo (Czech)
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