Introducing our new Coach!

We want to congratulate Steve Howard on his promotion to the USHL. We want to wish him good luck in the upcoming season!

Introducing our new coach Karlis Zirnis.
Coach Karlis Zirnis is entering his first season as the head coach of the Nashville Junior Predators hockey Club.  He is an outstanding recruiter, and professional skills coach with a passion to teach the game, Karlis has been coaching TPH Thunder for last 7 years.  He also works with the Latvian National Men’s Team.  Most recently Karlis was the assistant coach at the Sochi Olympic games, and World Championships in Belarus.

Karlis was born in Latvia and played for the Latvian Hockey Junior Club until he was 17, winning the Latvian Championship in 1995. He played on the World Junior Championship U18 team in 1995 and the U20 team in 1996 and 1997. Because of his outstanding play, he was invited to the tryout camp for the Latvian Olympic Team in 2002. Karlis went on to play in the North American Hockey League for the Gaylord Grizzlies and earned a scholarship to the University of Alabama-Huntsville.

During his college hockey career, Karlis won the College Hockey America conference scoring title his sophomore and junior year, was named pre-season player of the year in 2002-2003, and is on the All-Time Top 20 scoring list for the former collegiate conference. After college, Karlis played professional hockey in the Central Hockey League with the Colorado Eagles. During his 2004-2005 season, the Eagles were the 2005 CHL Bud Poile Governor’s Cup Champions and the 2005 CHL Ray Miron President’s Cup Champions. Karlis’s stick currently rests in the hockey Hall of Fame to celebrate his Central Hockey League Championship. Karlis also was apart of the staff for the Latvian World Junior Championship team, and also supported Buffalo Sabers Head Coach in the NHL, Ted Nolan at past year’s World Championships with Latvia.

Coach Karlis lives in Nashville with his wife Michelle and their two children Kiyah and Kamdon.