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in the face of ever greater challenges in the already difficult World Cup preparation, the enthusiasm of ice hockey national coach Toni Söderholm a little.
of the 43-year-old Finn enjoys it, despite everything, with the selection of the German ice hockey federation in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic to work on the for all unfamiliar World Championship in Riga (21 May to 6 June). "That was great. Very intense, "said Söderholm of the German Press Agency at the beginning of the Second Preparatory Week in Nuremberg on his return to the gang.
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and a half years ago Söderholm had no longer experienced international match. After the Germany Cup 2019, 2020 the World Cup in Switzerland, including preparatory games, failed coronabed. In November at Germany Cup, Söderholm had then caught himself. Because of a Covid 19 disease, he could only watch from the bedside. Last week at the first World Cup tests in Slovakia with a still inexperienced selection, given the currently running del playoffs, it was finally time again.
"We went to a hundred of zero. This was really giant fun, "said Söderholm despite the scarce defeats (3: 4 after penalty shooting / 1: 2). On Thursday (18.00 pm / magenta sports and sports1) and on Saturday (1 pm / magenta sport), Nuremberg continues against the Czech Republic. Next to the Routinians Moritz Müller (Cologne Haie) and Ex-NHL defender Korbinian Holzer (Automobilist Jekaterinburg) are also three players from EHC Red Bull Munich after the surprisingly early playoff-out in the German ice hockey league. Only three. Because in Yasin Ehlliz, Frank Mauer, Yannic Seidenberg and Daryl Boyle are missing four Olympic silver medalists from 2018.
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apparently it is currently without viewers in the halls, with constant corona tests and peninable regulations to the team bubbles before and during the World Cup Not all so easy to inspire for the tournament. "With the players you have the feeling that after leaving the playoffs the air is a little more out than usual," Söderholm said in most. Because the mentioned quartet is no longer dazed. According to Söderholm «for different reasons».
It will not be the only important players who are not there in Riga. In David Wolf (Mannheim) and Patrick Hager (Munich) missing more silver winners of Pyeongchang are missing. Possible that even more cancellations. "Other coaches also hear that it is a special year. It's more exhausting, "Södertholm said. "The mental load on the players started a year ago." At that time the season was canceled. Monthly, it was unclear when to be played again.
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What the players expected after the end of the shortened and format-changed Del season before the World Cup, outline Deb sports director Christian Künast: Daily fast and PCR tests, mouth shift, food in the hotel only in the rooms. "There will be a regulated process when you can get your food to have as little contact as possible. That's very important, and we try everything in our possibility, "Künast said.
Also on reinforcement from North America, the German ice hockey waistband may not count this time. Due to coronabeded game failures, the NHL preliminary round is extended until shortly before the World Cup start. Players who get back, but must be in individual and subsequent team quarantine. "On the seventh day, the player should intervene in the competition," Künast said. Whether a moving of professionals from North America still makes sense?
«At the objective, nothing changes," Söderholm said, despite everything. The German World Cup minimum target is cemented with the quarterfinals under Söderholm quasi. "Our job is to find the best team." Nothing easier than that.
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