Ice hockey talent Dominik Bokk plays in the Germany Cup

Toni Söderholm had something to straighten out. “We’re not completely stupid either,” answered the ice hockey national coach at the streaming provider Magenta Sport to a question from which, in his opinion, one could have apparently concluded that he was exactly that: a stupid national coach. Söderholm was asked whether Dominik Bokk would not be one for the national team when the Germany Cup from November 10th to 13th is the last major measure of the German national team before the World Cup next spring. Söderholm’s answer was unequivocal: “We can’t afford not to invite him.” One like the 22-year-old Bokk, who scored ten goals and twelve assists in 18 games for the Löwen Frankfurt in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL), don’t leave it at home.

It is no longer a surprise that Bokk will wear the jersey of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) for the first time since the 2019 World Cup preparations when the first of three test games against Denmark is scheduled for this Thursday (7.45 p.m. on Magenta Sport). For many who are currently seeing this highly talented racer across the ice in the DEL, the much bigger question is why he hasn’t been there in recent years.

Söderholm, who is giving the established players a break in Krefeld, was recently confronted with it at a press conference. The national coach said that there were players who needed a little longer to consistently assert themselves at the highest level. Bokk has the skills for it – there has been agreement on this for years: At the age of 16 he scored almost 40 goals in 45 games in the German U-19 youth league. At the age of 17 he convinced in the strong first division in Sweden. And at 18, the St. Louis Blues selected him 25th in the first round of the NHL draft. Many thought: This is where the new Draisaitl matures.

However, Bokk has never completed a game in the North American professional league. First he continued to play in Sweden, then in the American AHL. Bokk did come up with good stats relative to his peers. The only problem: Bokk is someone you don’t compare to his peers. “I’ve had to go through a lot,” he says – most recently in Chicago: less playing time, less self-confidence. “I was no longer able to bring my game onto the ice,” says Bokk. A vicious circle. He adds self-critically: “It was also up to me.” Before the end of the main round he moved to Berlin, became German champion with the Eisbären, but didn’t have the influence on the game there that he wanted either.


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