The German national ice hockey team will start the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland and Latvia on Friday evening. The opening opponent is co-favorite Sweden. National coach Harold Kreis demands a courageous performance from his protégés. The game from 7.20 p.m. in the live ticker.
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DEB trainer Harold Kreis announces brave World Cup start against Sweden
The new national ice hockey coach Harold Kreis has announced a courageous German World Cup start against eleven-time world champion Sweden. “We will certainly not hide,” said Kreis before the first World Cup game on Friday (7:20 p.m. / Sport1 and MagentaSport). For the 64-year-old it is the first World Cup as a full-time head coach.
In 2010, the German-Canadian was Uwe Krupp’s assistant when the German team reached the semi-finals. “There’s a bit of excitement. We just want it to start now, ”said Kreis.
Captain Moritz Müller attaches only a minor role to the difficult start. “For me, the reaction to the game is more important than the game itself. It doesn’t matter how it ends,” said Müller. “If we win it, we still have to beat the others. And if we lose, even more so. We must not get too high and not too low.”
Just 24 hours after the first game, the selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation has to face hosts and defending champions Finland. The US team will be waiting on Monday. The aim is to take part in the quarterfinals. For that, Germany would have to reach at least fourth place in the group of eight.