Berlin – national ice hockey coach Toni Soderholm has set the goals for the upcoming major events.
For me, it is important that the boys understand that everything is possible for them. You should always aim for top 4 finishes, ”Soderholm told the“ Sportbuzzer ”. «There is an opponent – and it doesn’t matter whether he’s big or small. You always have a chance to win. Always.” Germany had won the silver medal under Soderholm’s predecessor Marco Sturm at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. At a World Cup, Germany last reached the semi-finals in 2010.
After the cancellation of this year’s World Cup due to the consequences of the coronavirus crisis, the 41-year-old Finn Soderholm only has the 2021 World Cup and two German Cups to build a team for the 2022 Olympic ice hockey tournament in Beijing. “That is why cooperation between the league, the DEB, between the clubs, myself and the analysts has become even more important,” said Soderholm.
An outstanding position in the team is held by NHL professional Leon Draisaitl. “If we get Leon into the national team, he is always very important and a positive thing for us,” said the national coach and also ennobles the 24-year-old striker of the Edmonton Oilers: “At the moment he is our best offensive player and one of the top 3 -Offensive player in the world. He showed that two years in a row.