- Three-time Ice Hockey Olympian, Team Finland 2010, 2014, 2018
- Two-time Olympic Bronze medalist 2010, 2018
- U SPORTS National Champion2018 with the University of Manitoba Bisons
- IIHF Women’s Hockey World Championshipsmedalist 2008, ‘09, ‘17, ‘19
- Canadian Women’s Hockey LeagueClarkson Cup Champion 2019
- Three-time Finnish Women’s National League Champion 2006, 2010, 2011
Venla is the head coach for the female U17 prep team at Okanagan Hockey Academy. She formerly worked as an on-ice instructor for the Jets Hockey Development and was the assistant coach for the University of Manitoba Bisons.
Venla has gained experience coaching players of all ages and skill levels, both female and male players. Venla is also the founder and director of VH Hockey, which is a training platform for athletes, including hockey camps and a future mentorship program.
Her interest in coaching started during the last years of her extensive playing career, and she is now able to use her own experiences to help other players to reach their full potential.
Venla was born in Tampere, Finland, and has lived the last four and a half years in Canada. She is an active advocate for gender equality and enjoys inspiring younger generations to better the future in sports.
Venla strongly believes in learning through video and watching yourself play as much as possible.
“The earlier you get used to watching your own habits and learn through video, the easier it gets to move onto higher levels of play. Great players are comfortable with the honesty of game videos, and it helps you to get to know yourself as a player, which is essential for growth.” – VenlaHovi
Who should work with Venla?
Venla has experience coaching all ages and skill levels, boys and girls. Her ability to break down the fundamentals of the game will help players excel in their on-ice performance. Venla's extensive international playing experience at the Olympic level deepens her understanding of the importance of the small details in the game.
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Testimonials for Venla Hovi
With Venla’s help, I have been able to take my game to the next level. She has an incredible amount of hockey knowledge and is passionate about sharing it with others. Venla has always created a constructive environment that facilitate success and motivates me to push past my limits!
University of Manitoba Bisons
USPORTS National Champion 2018
Working with Venla Hovi has been one of the best coaching experiences yet in my career. Her professional approach to training and preparing herself for competition was second none. Venla was willing to communicate and share how she felt at all times so we could best plan for the competition at hand. She also understood how to play in the long game, and that what she did now had an effect on the outcome we would get in both the short and short long term futures because she asked questions and used her experience as a professional athlete.
– strength and conditioning coach