National coach Toni Söderholm remains positive despite the bitter bankruptcy in Switzerland


Ice hockey national coach Toni Söderholm is satisfied with his incomplete team so far – despite the heavy 1: 6 bankruptcy against Switzerland on Saturday.

The development process is progressing, national coach Toni Söderholm is satisfied – and yet the heavy 1: 6 defeat against Switzerland on Saturday was a bitter mood dampener for the German national ice hockey team. “The two days of rest are good for us now,” emphasized DEB sports director Christian Künast after a strenuous week of preparation in Rosenheim. Söderholm did not want to judge the performance of his inexperienced team too severely on Saturday.

Ice hockey: DEB team on the right track

“It’s okay that we won a game and lost one,” said the 44-year-old. On Thursday, his team had beaten the Swiss 4-2, the clear defeat in the second test showed the problems of the DEB team mercilessly – but according to Söderholm, it affects the preparation for the World Cup in Finland (May 13th to 29th). only conditionally: “The week was good overall. The performance of the team is slowly improving in a very good direction.”

The Finn knows that the week in Rosenheim had little meaning for the World Cup chances of the German team. The DEB selection once again played in preparation with many inexperienced players. Professionals from the NHL are missing, as are the players who are still active in the DEL play-offs.

Switzerland mercilessly exploited the coordination problems in the DEB team’s defence. Particularly bitter from a German point of view: the weak phase in the third third, in which the Swiss scored four goals in less than five minutes. Alexander Ehl from Düsseldorfer EG only scored the interim goal (43rd). “The result was too high,” said defender Marcus Weber afterwards.

DEB team awaits NHL pros

Preparations continue next week when the team meets Slovakia in Dresden on Friday and Saturday. It is quite possible that some leading players from the top DEL teams will join the national team by then.

At the beginning of May, the NHL professionals Philipp Grubauer, Tim Stützle and Moritz Seider should also be added. Goalkeeper Grubauer from Seattle Kraken has big plans with a strong team at the World Cup: “We can play at the top this year. The sky is the limit,” he said on “MagentaSport”.

However, there is only one game left for the final World Cup squad to warm up: the dress rehearsal on May 8 in Schwenningen against Austria.


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