Coming up: A new book about Petteri Nykky

Autumn this year will be worth waiting not just because of a new floorball season but for a new book about Petteri Nykky. Petteri Nykky – menestyksen tie (Petteri Nykky – road to success) is due out in August by well-known writer and TV and floorball personality Oskari Saari.

In 2011, Oskari Saari published his first book Alkemisti about Petteri Nykky who had coached Finland to men’s WFC titles in both in Prague 2008 and Helsinki 2010. As the book soon sold out and no further editions were to be expected due to the publisher going out of business, many a floorball fan was left without his or her own copy.

In 2015, Oskari Saari wrote Aki Hintsa – voittamisen anatomia that revealed things about success through the story of the renowned doctor of several Formula One drivers. That one has sold more than 150,000 copies which is an astonishing number in Finland.

Now, it is time to get back to Petteri Nykky and time for another book about him as an updated version of Alkemisti.

Oskari Saari who refereed the WFC final in 1998 in Prague and who is presently the team leader of Finland’s men preparing for WFC2020 in Helsinki in December, knows Petteri Nykky well and he has quite a good impression about why Nykky has been able to lift his Team Finland to an exceptional level.

“I think his secret lies in the way he trusts his team and encourages his players to take responsibility. Interviewing many of his players, I have heard them praise Nykky and tell me how he has helped them reach a new level of play. Yet, even as they feel they have been coached, they are not able to say how exactly. In a way, Nykky’s way is the kind showing in the famous Lao Tzu quote: of A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”