Ice Hockey World Championship in Canada – Focus on Women

Die DEB-Eishockey-Nationalmannschaft der Frauen am 15.7.21 bei einem Freundschaftsspiel in Füssen. (IMAGO / ActionPictures)

First of all the Ice Hockey World Championship should be held in April 2020. Then in April 2021. Then in May. And after a total of three postponements, the World Cup should actually start tomorrow, 20 August.

“We’ve had to wait a long time, but we’ve never been as close as we are now and so now we expect not to be much until Saturday.”

Not only this, striker Julia Zorn believes that the tournament will actually start when the target falls. But the signs are good.

Records bracelet movements

Since Monday, the team has been undergoing five days of personal quarantine at a Calgary hotel. Goalkeeper Jennifer Haro and team feel safe:

“Our hygiene concepts have been great and a lot of them have done a lot of tests now, all of which were negative, so there’s nothing to worry about.”

Each member of the team is given a wristband that records all movements so that contacts can be traced. A watchdog that Julia Zorn knows from doping tests:

“I think in some cases we’re relatively naked when we’re where we are, so it’s not a big issue for us anymore. After all, it’s not a chic one, but bracelets are here to protect everyone, and When you stick to it, you have nothing to lose.”

Target: Quarterfinals

The coronavirus-related postponement of the World Cup from spring to summer could ultimately be positive for women’s ice hockey as well, admits national coach Thomas Schadler: “Because our professional leagues are preparing now and there are no points games yet, it It’s a good time for us where the focus is on women.”

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(Deutschelandradio/Thomas Wheeler)Women’s Ice Hockey in Germany – Postponed World Cup and Players’ View
About 750 girls play ice hockey in German clubs. There are 6,500 boys. National players usually only grab headlines when things go wrong – such as the ice hockey World Cup in Canada, which was postponed shortly before the start of the tournament due to the high incidence of coronavirus.

Their players won their first and only Test on Wednesday against group opponents Denmark 4:3 after a penalty shootout.

National coach Shadler clearly sees USA and Canada as the favorites of the tournament. For their youth team, the quarter-finals are aiming for the highlight of the year in November: qualifying for the Olympic Games in Beijing.

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