Weird News Reimer, Müller, Schütz - prominent names in the DEL2
Nurburgring DTM: Muller storms to victory and extends points lead
Nico Muller eased to his fifth DTM victory of the 2020 season at the Nurburgring on Sunday, beating title rivals Robin Frijns and Rene Rast to extend his lead in the drivers' standingsAt the start of the race, Frijns pulled away cleanly from pole position, with Muller moving up to second after passing the WRT Audi of Ferdinand Habsburg, who had delivered a stellar lap in qualifying to put himself on the front row of the grid.
While the DEL is waiting for the starting shot, the DEL2 is happy about prominent players. But why do Olympic heroes play in the second division?
Patrick Reimer, Moritz Müller, Felix Schütz - these are all names that you would not expect in the second German ice hockey league. The trio sensationally won the silver medal at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang. Two and a half years later, the Olympic heroes could appear on the DEL2 statement sheets.
The trio could be borrowed to the respective youth club: Reimer, captain of the Nürnberg Ice Tigers, plays for ESV Kaufbeuren. Müller, captain of the Kölner Haie, joined the Kassel Huskies. And Schütz, striker of the Straubing Tigers, puts on the ice skates for EV Landshut.
Ice Tigers lend captain Reimer to home club Kaufbeuren
The captain of the Nürnberg Ice Tigers, Patrick Reimer, is returning to his home club ESV Kaufbeuren on loan. After the start of the season in the German Ice Hockey League has been postponed again, the record goal scorer in the DEL will play for the DEL2 team from the Allgäu until November 30th. © imago images First cheers this season for home club ESV Kaufbeuren: Patrick Reimer.
The reason for the "intended relegation" is obvious: Reimer, Müller, Schütz & Co. long for match practice. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, games in the DEL have been suspended since March 8, 2020. The start of the 2020/21 season has been postponed several times. The second half of December is currently targeted as a vague date - no one can say whether this will actually happen. In order to get some match practice after a forced break of almost eight months, seasoned DEL players flee to the DEL2.
In search of match practice
"Mainly the pleasure", Reimer stated as the reason for the arranged loan deal. "A full year break, then it will be very, very difficult to come back," says Schütz. "I'm sure nobody went down to make a lot of money. They want to play ice hockey, the second division is a great thing." Unlike the DEL, the DEL2 can financially cope better with spectator failures. "The DEL2 has a much smaller budget, fewer players' salaries, the sums are lower," explains Schütz. "This is a win-win situation for the DEL2."
statistics prove: Rene Rast despite second place DTM title favorite
© ITR Defending champion Rene Rast has caught up 33 points on DTM leader Müller in Zolder Two race weekends before the end the three-way battle for the DTM title has come to a head: Abt-Audi -Pilot Nico Müller is only ten points ahead of his great challenger Rene Rast before the second Zolder weekend in the Championship - Müller's team-mate Robin Frijns can also expect good chances with 16 points behind despite his driving error last Sunday .
And a loose-loose situation for the DEL? Players not only say goodbye to the DEL2, but also abroad, as the latest example of Jack Skille, who terminated his contract in Nuremberg, shows. "You saw that the competence is not there. There were far too few suggestions for solutions. You should have taken it more seriously from the start," says Schütz, criticizing the DEL.
Hope dies last
The hope of an early return to the top German league, however, have not yet given up the Olympic heroes: "Of course I am extremely hoping for the DEL to start because it is important for ice hockey," said Reimer. "It would of course be sad if the highest German ice hockey league was the only one not to play."
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Berlin's Governing Mayor wants to move into the Bundestag in 2021. In his farewell speech from the SPD state chairmanship, he criticized the grand coalition. Cooperation with the Union is "unbearable". © Christophe Gateau / dpa The governing mayor of Berlin , Michael Müller, gave his farewell speech as SPD state chairman at the party conference of the Berlin Social Democrats. Müller called on his party to be more self-confident and confident with a view to the election year 2021.