Turn the Pagé
EHC Red Bull München introduce Pierre Pagé as Head Coach
Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich – After two years of just missing the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) playoffs, EHC Red Bull München have found their man to change the culture of the team, and they didn’t have to look far.
Pierre Pagé has been successful at every stop during his career, including his last assignment as Sporting Director and Head Coach of EC Red Bull Salzburg, winning the their international pre-season tournament (Red Bull Salute), the Continental Cup (IIHF European Championship), and the Austrian Championship all in 2010. The team also won the championship in 2008 and 2011, and finished second in 2009.
At EHC, he moves to a bigger city and admits he and the team will have to compete with FC Bayern Munich for the headlines – both the football and basketball teams – and accomplishing what the soccer team has accomplished. Bayern also brings in a new coach, Pep Guardiola, whose resumé is similar to Pagé.
The Red Bull family has invested tremendously in developing ice hockey talent to match the North Americans by establishing a youth academy in Salzburg. Pagé hopes the academy will find “the next Messi” for hockey, similar to the FC Barcelona youth program. F1 champions Sebastian Vettel joined the Red Bull racing program at 12 years old. Pagé believes the program can change not only hockey in Germany, but help raise the level around the world.
Pagé has also coached in the National Hockey League (NHL) for thirteen years, coaching the Minnesota North Stars, Quebec Nordiques, Calgary Flames and Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. His career record was 253 wins, 301 losses and 82 ties. He was an assistant coach with the Flames that went to the 1986 Stanley Cup Final, losing to the Montreal Canadiens.
Pagé returns to the DEL, he was the coach of Berlin Eisbären (Polar Bears) from 2002-2007 and won two league championships.