EHC Biel has signed Petri Matikainen to a two-year contract. Matikainen has a vast experience as a head coach, a quality that attracted team manager Martin Steinegger: "Petri is a very experienced head coach. His teams play active game-dominating hockey. Petri is a straightforward, performance-oriented leader with a role model function."
Matikainen coached the EC KAC (ICEHL) for the past five seasons, winning the league twice, and the Pelicans (Liiga) for three years before that. Prior to that, he also worked in the KHL and in the Liiga, where he started coaching in 2004. Matikainen also won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championship as an assistant coach in Finland's staff.