The Ice Hockey World Championship 2021 starts from May 21 in Latvia. Germany comes with a strong offensive national team and wants to upset the big countries in Riga.
With offensive power against the top of the world: Germany wants to attack the World Cup in Latvia.
Although three NHL stars, Leon Draisaitl, Dominic Kahun (Edmonton Oilers) and Tim Stutzl (Ottawa Senators), are not there, the German squad has a huge offensive force: Tobias Ridder (Buffalo Sabers), Lean Bergman (San Jose) from the NHL Barracuda), Tom Kuhnhackel (Bridgeport Sound Tigers) and Marcus Eisenschmidt, Matthias Plakta (both Adler Mannheim), Lucas Reichel, Marcel Noebels, Leo Fodderl (all Isbern Berlin), Daniel Fishbuch (Düsseldorf EG) or John Peterka (EHC) from AHL Red Bull Munich on behalf of DEL) provides a Sonorous Assault Armada for the World Cup in Latvia.
DEB President Franz Rindle said, “It’s no longer just a defensive fight, it’s fun to watch. We have a real chance of winning,” what could be the most aggressive national team ever. “We have good attitudes, especially on the offensive, and we’re really dangerous,” defender Corbinian Holzer said. “We have a team and players who can play creative ice hockey. The German national team has always had a fight and a will. Now a finesse element has been added. I think it will be difficult to defeat us.”
Offensive power in defense too
This is also due to the fact that DEB selection can also be seen in defense. Renowned defenders such as Holzer (avotobomilist Jekaterinburg, KHL), Leon Gavanke (Manitoba Moose, AHL) and Moritz Cedar (Rogal BK, SHL) were nominated. The latter played an outstanding season in Sweden, where he was the runner-up, the Rookie of the Year and a candidate for defender of the season.
In goal, Germany have to do without two NHL goalkeepers Philip Grubauer (play-off with the Colorado Avalanche) and Thomas Greiss (Detroit Red Wings, no longer nominated due to moral differences), but the quality of the goalkeepers is also DEL High, Which is proved by Felix Bruckmann (Mannheim), Matthias Niederberger (Berlin) and Niklas Truttle (Nuremberg Ice Tigers).
Attack at the top of the world?
In Riga, Germany won the World Cup group with Italy (21 May), Norway (22 May), Canada (24 May), Kazakhstan (26 May), Finland (29 May), USA (31 May). Host Latvia (June 1) Big plans: “We want to go there and have a real chance, not just play a little bit,” Reindl emphasized. “Overall, we have the ability to be competitive, that’s important.” Holzer is more specific: “In tournaments we should set ourselves the goal of being able to play for a medal. Our minimum goal is the quarter-finals. We are always good for surprises against big players.”