Storm plans for World Cup with Draisaitl and NHL pros
For national coach Marco Sturm, the NHL pros are without them, despite winning the Olympic medal at the World Championships in May. He leaves his own future open.
National coach Marco Sturm will be presented at the Ice Hockey World Championships from 4. until 20. In Denmark, the NHL will once again have recourse to the available NHL players.
“The NHL boys are set. I’m glad they’re ready to play for Germany,”said national coach Marco Sturm to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
At the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, no NHL pros in the German team had stood, who sensationally won the silver medal. The other teams also had to give up the overseas players because the NHL had not turned off their pros.
In Denmark, the Germans’ hopes could rest on striker Leon Draisaitl. The 22-year-old young star is likely to miss the North American playoffs with the Edmonton Oilers.
With a view to his own future in the NHL, Sturm keeps all options open.
“I have not yet received an official offer from the NHL,”said the 39-year-old, who as a player has played more than 1000 NHL games:”If I can ever work in the best league in the world, I will do so. That’s my target. But when is that? At the moment, I’m assuming I’ll stay national coach.”
Storm’s contract with the German Ice Hockey Association (DEB) runs until 2022.