Tim Stützle’s failure captures the Berlin champions

Updated on 17/05/2022 at 18:33

  • The day after the second victory for the German national ice hockey team at the World Cup, it was time to wait.
  • Waiting for a diagnosis in case of injury Tim Stützle.
  • The NHL striker had to leave the match against France in pain.
  • Now it is clear: the World Cup is certainly not over for Stützle.

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The uncertainty about the NHL’s exceptional striker Tim Stützle’s further World Cup participation makes Berlin’s ice hockey champions even more valuable. In a few days, they switched from the party atmosphere with noisy beer and barefoot celebration to World Cup fashion and continued their successful performances.

When the hopeful Stützle rolled off the ice in Helsinki on Monday night, Leo Pföderl from Berlin shone as goal scorer and Marcel Noebels as preparer in the important 3-2 victory over France for the second time in Finland as World Cup winners. “The Berliners, it’s crazy,” excited national coach Toni Söderholm.

In the concern of NHL professional Stützle (20), there was little clarity on Tuesday. “It looks pretty good,” said the sports director of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB), Christian Künast, the German press agency. A task during the tournament is “still likely,” he said, “We look at it from day to day.” However, it remained uncertain whether the 20-year-old would miss what could be the decisive matches for the quarter-finals on Thursday against Denmark and Friday against Italy (15.20 each time / Sport1 and MagentaSport).

Presumed torn ligaments in Tim Stützle’s knee

Ottawa striker Stützle injured his knee during a check against the French in the first third and stopped playing. According to information from “Bild”, it should not be a torn ligament in the knee. The newspaper talks about a bruise and strain on the joint.

Frenchman Thomas Thiry (left) checks German ice hockey player Tim Stützle against the ice rink in the third German group match at the World Cup on 16 May 2022 in Helsinki. Stützle suffers a painful knee injury and is knocked out early in the match, which Germany still wins 3-2.

© picture alliance / dpa / Lehtikuva / Antti Aimo-Koivisto

“Timmy is one of our best players. Of course it would be bitter,” captain Moritz Müller said of a possible failure. The responsibility he assumes is “incredible”. Like NHL defender Moritz Seider (21), he carries the game “mostly” on his shoulders. Söderholm has planned the young man as manager and may now have to rely even more on the Berliners. That would be the next loss of a leader and of pace and creativity.

The DEB team must do without Dominik Kahun and Leon Draisaitl at the World Cup

Only the day before departure did the German national team have to deal with the fact that the Olympic silver medalist in 2018 and former NHL striker Dominik Kahun could not travel with him injured. NHL superstar Leon Draisaitl is still missing in the intended compensation for the failed Olympic participation.

The Berliners are all the more important. In recent years, it has sometimes been considered difficult to integrate the professionals from the title holder of the German ice hockey league on the national team. They need to quickly switch from the drop in tension and the championship celebration to the World Cup pressure. But Söderholm deliberately planned with the champion polar bears, as when he surprisingly reached the top four at the World Cup in 2021. The Berliners were also an important success factor in Riga.

This time he took five with him: Pföderl, of which videos are circulating showing him barefoot and with a beer bottle in public at the championship celebration a few days before the start of the World Cup. Now Pföderl, one of the “smartest German players” (Söderholm), is the best German World Cup scorer with two goals and three assists. In addition, there is the experienced Noebels, defenders Jonas Müller and Kai Wissmann and goalkeeper Mathias Niederberger. “If a player does his best and is in this playoff flow, the probability that he will play well at the World Cup is quite high,” Söderholm said.

Goalkeeper Mathias Niederberger resists the pressure from the French

It works. Niederberger resisted the pressure from the French in the final stages, knowing that he could always improve his level in the black, red and gold jersey. The goalkeeper is also not disturbed by the fact that, unlike at the 2021 World Cup, he is not number one this time, but a representative of the NHL goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer. World Cup debutant Wissmann also bears the responsibility immediately, even when he is outnumbered.

Noebels and Pföderl, who line up with AHL striker Marc Michaelis, know each other inside and out. A combination of the two led to the goal in the 2-1 victory against Slovakia. “You can seem brave, you convey that. A tournament like this is like another championship,” Noebels explained the boost to the title.

Lukas Reichel and Leon Gawanke are sitting on packed suitcases

The Berlin World Cup series from the 2021 World Cup may now be over: Lukas Reichel, who recommended himself to North America in Riga, could arrive in Finland after his season in the second-class AHL – so could defender Leon Gawanke. “Both are exceptional players in German ice hockey,” said Moritz Müller. Her arrival was initially as unclear as the diagnosis of Stützle. (dpa / hau)

Marcel Noebels, Düsseldorfer EG, Eisbären Berlin, DEL, 2021/22

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