17. May, 2017

My first ice hockey game was worth it ...

It took just 54 years for me to visit my first live ice hockey game yesterday. My brothers in law and I used the opportunity that the 2017 World Championship is hosted in Cologne and Paris, to invite my father for a boys night out for his 81st birthay.

The German team had to win against Latvia, to qualify for the quarter final. At the beginning all was looking fine and the German team was in the lead 2:0. Until the 59th minute Latvia did go in front with 2:3. In the last minute the German team was lucky to make another goal and to get into 5 minutes overtime. Only three players on each side plus the goal keeper and sudden death, first goal wins. The overtime did not bring a final result, so they had to proceed with a penalty shot shootout. Three attempts on each side and Latvia started. Until the last German player, Frederik TIFFELS born 1995 - the youngest guy in the team, had his shot nothing was decided (http://www.iihfworlds2017.com/en/games/2017-05-16/GER-vs-LAT/#game-actions-tab). He was smart, talented and definitely lucky enough, to make the goal and Germany won 4:3 and made it to the quarter final against Canada tomorrow. 

Smart move of the coach and another good example of leadership, to put the youngest player on the third place. Having trust in his capabilities under the most possible pressure in the game. If his more experienced team members can decide the game, no issue for the young guy, BUT if all depends on him, he possibly is much cooler or just more relaxed, due to his youth? Well done coach Marco STURM and Frederik.

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