During the Olympic Games in PyeongChang in 2018, it was once written about the German national ice hockey team that these “shaggy bears”, these bearded and hairy boys, had achieved such a huge success with their medals, they got from the crowd The athletes were so freshly different.
The national ice hockey team is a grunge band between national teams – alternately. But these days he has to sing a lot at the World Cup in Riga, the boys of ice hockey band. On Monday evening, he blew the national anthem for the third time within four days of a game.
It looked very strange and Germany’s final appearance from the block would have hurt the loser a lot. After a bitter 1: 3 against the Germans, the Canadians wanted to get away quickly after the game. Balance in Group B after three match days: Germany with three wins, Canada with three defeats. Who would have thought first? None.
Dominic Kahun comes to Riga
But as far as the Germans are concerned, the declarations were accompanied by victories. The success in the World Cup so far is due to the team’s team spirit, well-rehearsed ranks – because the players know each other from clubs or youngsters. The success is also a logical result of the youth work that has brought a lot of talent to a high level over the years and is certainly now also a national coach in Finland’s Tony Söderholm, who not only hires the team into an outstanding Tactically, but also reaches them.
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The demand and confidence of the team has increased and team spirit Every video conference from Riga to the national team can be felt – when, for example, on Tuesday, “Korbi” (Corbynian Holzer) explains what makes “Mo” (Moritz Cedar) so strong, or what Leon (actually Leon Dressital) now follows Latvia will travel to the National Hockey League (NHL) play-off after ending with the Edmonton Oilers.
“If Dominic Kahun and Leon could come now, that would be the house number,” Holzer says.
It then became just a house number: By late Tuesday evening it was clear that only Kahoon could come to Riga. He was scheduled to leave from Canada on Tuesday and will be used at the end of the group stage. On the other hand, Dresatal does not come because it was not believed to be organizationally feasible.
The fact that the Germans are missing five of the nominally best players in their first game (Tim Stutzl, Nico Sturm and goalkeeper Philip Grubauer, along with “Gruby” Edmonton’s pros) is also an increased class from Germany. There is a hint of – at first there were not so many strong German players in the NHL. The fact that they still manage to have such a powerful team with many internationally proven players (Holzer, Tobias Ryder, Tom Kuhnhackel, Lean Bergman) or huge talent on the ice (Lucas Reichel, Cedar), their increased Speaks for quality.
Kazakhstan now comes after three wins
Certainly, other teams in the World Cup cannot compete with many of their best – but neither can the Germans, so you should not put one of the first three wins in perspective. He was really big grunge even. The team’s effort, which threw itself in every shot to block itself against Canada in a number of odd situations, was unbelievable. He was also entitled to victory against Canada.
After three of the seven group games, the World Cup is not over for the Germans, there should be little doubt about participating in the quarter-finals, especially since players probably underestimate any opponent, even Not even Kazakh. German on Wednesday (3:15 pm, live on Game 1).
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Holzer played in the KHL last season, which operates under Russian direction, and says: “I know the players of Kazakhstan very well. This is 90 percent of Bars Kazan’s team, so we have to prepare well. Kazakhs have already won two surprising wins (against Latvia and Finland).
They will not be underestimated, Isberen promises Marcel Noebles (“Noaby”) from Berlin. “I think we can take a lot of confidence from the Canadian game,” he told Tegespigel. “But the other thing is that we are starting from the beginning and we all know that it is difficult to win against anyone here, whatever the name of the country. So we go down with confidence in our strength in every game!” ”
And maybe Korby, Moe & Co. can sing again after the game on Wednesday.