The Peterboruogh DALROD Phantoms, Sponsored by Smart Solutions Group, are proud to announce that Ice Hockey UK’s Great Britain Programme Board have appointed Slava Koulikov as the new head coach of GB Under-20s.
The 38-year-old Peterborough Phantoms Head Coach steps up his role as assistant coach of the U20s, of which he has been a part of the GB programme for the past two years, winning a bronze medal in the World Championship Division 1 Group B in 2016.

Koulikov had an extensive playing career in the UK and spent the majority of his time with Hull Stingrays, but also had stints with Milton Keynes, Dundee, Solihull, Basingstoke and Manchester.

His first coaching role was a player-coach position at Slough Jets before taking over at Peterborough in December 2013. He then led the Phantoms to the EPL playoff title in 2014-15 and was also named as the EPL’s Coach of the Year in the same season.

Since the Phantoms Play Off win, Slava has lead his team to 2 Cup finals and finish in the top half of the league. Many have look on at the Phantoms success in amazement, with the budget provided and the youth of the team. Slava prides himself on working with young prospective men and developing them in to national successful players.
Koulikov said: “I am very honoured to be selected as head coach of GB Under-20s. There is a lot of work ahead and we have set high short and long-term goals. I always challenge to be the best and am really looking forward to it.

I would like to thank Tom Watkins for first bringing me into the GB programme and also to Tony Hand and the board for trusting me in the new head coach role.”

IHUK national development head coach, Tony Hand, said: “Slava is very well respected within the UK game and is a perfect fit for this position.

He already has head coach experience in the UK and knows the GB junior programme from his assistant coaching role with the under-20s in the past two years.

Our ethos is not just to develop players but to develop coaches as well and we have some very exciting announcements on the horizon for the GB coaching set-up.”

Tony continues “I would like to thank Tommy Watkins and Paul Heavy for their commitment to the programme over the last few years and for all they brought to the GB Under-20s.

I would also like to say thanks to Paul Hayes and David Hand for their valuable support in the interview process.

We are freshening up the GB junior programme and these are exciting times ahead.

The management, players and I am sure all the Phantoms fans congratulate Slava and wish him the best of luck with GB’s future success.