Since Switzerland has risen to the “Karjala Cup” of the four best European ice hockey nations due to the suspension of the Russian team and will meet hosts Finland, the Czech Republic and Sweden there in the next few days, Austria is in the field of participants in the Germany Cup Krefeld slipped. At this invitational tournament, team boss Roger Bader’s team wants to be more than just the “emergency nail”. You have come to stay. Today the Austrians meet Slovakia (4.50 p.m., live ORF Sport +).
“The goal is that we present ourselves so well that we can continue to participate afterwards. That’s why I nominated the best possible team,” said Bader, who was faced with numerous cancellations before the Germany Cup. With strong test match results in the duels with Germany and a very good World Cup (11th place) including staying up in the league, Austria has earned the showdown with the top nations – in addition to hosts Germany and Slovakia, Denmark is also there in Krefeld. “It will be very exciting. We want to play as often as possible against opponents who are as good as possible. That makes us better because we are forced to match the pace and intensity of these opponents,” said the team boss.
Ramon Schnetzer, Raphael Wolf and Stefan Gaffal were appointed to the young team (average age 24.3 years) from the Steinbach Black Wings in Linz. After Slovakia, Austria meets Germany on Saturday (6 p.m.) and Denmark on Sunday (11 a.m.).