Ice Hockey: Best of Storm

Ice Hockey: Best of Storm

The departing national coach leaves structures and staff at the German association for a promising future.


By Ulrich Hartmann, Krefeld

For three years, the German ice hockey team under the coaching novice Marco Sturm has shown very good performances – but now, as the 40-year-old Dingolfinger as a junior assistant coach of the Los Angeles Kings firmierte, was the start of the German Cup maybe some expectant joyful fan disappointed by a 3: 4 defeat in overtime against Olympic champion Russia. The outgoing coach will be responsible for the Kings from next Tuesday for attack and powerplay – amusing that the German team got the first goal against the Russians in excess.

But of course that was secondary. At the tournament in Krefeld, Sturm says goodbye, and it does not matter how the other two games go against Switzerland on Saturday and against Slovakia on Sunday. The tournament is marked by the farewell of the only German national ice hockey coach who has led Germany to Olympic silver – incidentally in February with a 3: 4 defeat by Russia in overtime. The team obviously plays a best-of-medley in Krefeld. "This farewell hurts," says Mannheim international David Wolf. "We are a bit wistful," admits Captain Marcus Kink. A coach can not wish for a farewell farewell.

"We are a bit wistful," admits team captain Marcus Kink

Sturm made his debut as national coach at the 2015 Germany Cup. Three years later, he now hands over an Olympic Second and World Ranking Eighth, which would facilitate the search for a new national coach. With trainer positions in the North American Hockey League (NHL), such a national coaching job can not keep up with the fee or the reputation, but it can certainly work comfortably in the German Ice Hockey Federation. The at the same time employed as a coach and general manager storm also leaves structures and staff, with which one would have to know something in the coming years. "He has built a scaffolding, which remains when he leaves," says international player Kink metaphorically.

In the Russia match, the ice hockey president Franz Reindl sat in the stands next to Christian Ehrhoff, the former NHL star and German flag bearer after the Olympic triumph. The 36-year-old was considered a successor to Sturm, because he has a comparable career behind him and similar good contacts in the industry, however, Ehrhoff owns neither a coach's license nor the current desire for the job. He has just finished his career and would like to take a deep breath for a year.

But the bandage can not wait that long. "The challenge is to find a national coach who brings the national team, but also the developments in the association has in mind – according to this requirement profile, we will seek a successor in consultation with the German Ice Hockey League," says sporting director Stefan Schaidnagel. The dialogue with the league could be particularly relevant, because the employed in Mannheim and Düsseldorf trainers Pavel Gross and Harold Kreis belong to the circle of candidates. "The main thing is that the German ice hockey continues marching," says Captain Kink. "And it would be an advantage if the new coach also speaks German," adds Wolf. "We have no time pressure," stresses President Reindl, "the next courses are only in February."

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