Ehrhoff:”There’s a hockey hype there.”
Olympic hero Christian Ehrhoff is responsible for a new hockey euphoria in Germany. National coach Marco Sturm wants to inspire the youngsters for the sport.
After the sensational Olympic silver medal from Pyeongchang, ice hockey international Christian Ehrhoff has noticed a change in the perception of his sport in Germany.
“There’s a hype there,”said the long-time NHL professional to ZDF at a performance in the current sports studio.
Ehrhoff added:”One is recognized and addressed on the street, people say thank you. It’s really great to see that.”
The team of national coach Marco Sturm, with their outstanding performances in the victories against Sweden (4:3) and Canada (4:3) as well as the dramatic final defeat against Russia (3:4), had captured the hearts of the German sports fans and swept away an audience of millions.
On their return from the Winter Games, the team had been enthusiastically received:”It’s the big goal that ice hockey is just getting bigger,”said goalkeeper Danny from the birch trees (The DEL LIVE on TV on SPORT1).
Sturm promised that the German Ice Hockey Association (Deutsche Eishockey-Bund, DEB) would “do its utmost to inspire more children and youngsters. Ice hockey’s cool, it’d be a shame to miss that.”
The 39-year-old will be helping out, a job in the North American top league NHL “is not a thought at the moment, I enjoy this time here,”he said.
Ehrhoff, however, would understand Sturm’s departure:”The NHL is the dream of everyone. If he gets the chance, no one’s gonna say, now you have to stay with us.”
Sturm also warned against too high expectations for the World Cup in Denmark (4. until 20. May LIVE on TV on SPORT1) and recent medal dreams.
“You have to stay on the carpet. We’re not the big hockey nation. We have to prove ourselves all over again and stand in line,”said the DEB coach.
Ehrhoff also put the greatest success of German ice hockey history into perspective.
“We’ve been expecting a lot from Olympia, but that won’t be the case at every tournament, you have to stay on the ground,”said the defender.
Nevertheless, Yannic Seidenberg said:”We have shown that we can beat the best nations when we show our best ice hockey. But he wants to concentrate on the play-offs around the championship with the EHC Munich:”I want to win the title, I’ll deal with the world championship afterwards”.