D.His tears dried. When they parted after their last meeting to date, many men who looked at each other and knew they had exhibited a respectful demeanor, who were considered tough dogs on the ice, expressed their feelings. And none of them are ashamed of it. They were all heartbroken. Not only did they not win a medal for their performance at the World Cup, but they finished fourth. But also because of the disappointment that none of them were able to continue to enjoy the environment that carried them through the World Cup in Riga in May.
Back then, Captain Moritz Mர்ller talked about the days that changed his life as an athlete. He was “not really built near water”, but “no one could have imagined how much we all cried,” said Colner Hein, an ice hockey expert. It was thick, even with national coach Tony Soderhome.
Fifth place in the world rankings
Defender Mல்லller had to cancel short notice for the reunion, which will put the national coaching team to a form test at this week’s German Cup, as well as five of the German national team’s colleagues. This changes slightly in terms of the group’s ambitions to rise to fifth place in the world rankings.
According to them, the invitation event in Greifel, in which Russia, Switzerland and Slovakia are also participating, is the best way to express themselves. Söderholm released a workbook for himself and his family that was interesting: the mood changed at the first selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB). “The players are talking about how to win today. And there is no survival, ”said the coach.
Soderholm would always like to keep the door of his office open and pick up the phone more than necessary to inquire about the health of those working abroad. “We respect every adversary,” Soderhome said in an interview with the FAZ, describing his policy of determination, “but we see the potential for victory against all.”
Beneficiaries of new self-confidence
The Olympic final of the Pyongyang Winter Games was less than sixty seconds long, and the excitement against the Russian selection would have been successful. But even so, winning the silver medal, Soderhome pioneer Marco Sturm led the way behind the mob in the NHL, and a lot has changed. First, self-awareness, in which increased confidence in one’s own abilities plays a fundamental role.
In addition, the Germans are firm in their respect for greater trade competition. They also want to gain recognition for the upward trend at the Winter Games in Beijing, the main event where all strategic planning is currently underway. “We will do everything we can to proudly represent German ice hockey,” Soderhome declared.
The first Olympic Games for Söderholm
Finn, 43, was champion in Germany at the end of his active career with EHC Red Bull Munich, wearing his home country jersey and competing in three World Championships. The experience of chasing the buck for Team Swami under the sign of the Five Rings was denied to him due to stiff competition. Other players were one step ahead of him in Salt Lake City (2002) and Turin (2006). Soderhom calls it a “unique experience” to be able to go into the Olympic Village now as a gang leader with the Germans.
From this he could soon leave his DEB job and more Olympic moments, for example in Milan and Cardina d’Ambesso in five years, would not be an option for him, which would be in view of the fast pace. Switch to ice hockey, in advance. However, in industrial land rich in milk and honey, the chances of Soderholm being a day away are considerably higher.
He learned to train with the Florida Panthers in the fall – and reported. Because they also wanted to ask him “who are the next German candidates” who can follow in the footsteps of Edmonton superstar Leon Triesight. Abroad, according to Soderholm, ice hockey is “the biggest business”. In principle, he too wants to set foot there one day. Such action is “incredibly difficult”, especially from Europe.
He can not say he will not believe himself: “Of course being a coach at the NHL at some point will be an interesting task for me,” he said. Currently only one thing can be denied: Söderholm’s current contract with DEB expires after the World Cup in May next year. If he really leaves, the tears will roll again.