Munich (dpa) – A prestige victory for a career milestone: The ice hockey professionals at EHC Red Bull Munich beat their coach Don Jackson 5: 2 (2: 0, 1: 2, 2: 0) in the 1000th DEL game retracted the Adler Mannheim.
On the second day of the German Ice Hockey League, Jackson was honored even before his EHC’s first win of the season. Video congratulations from old companions, a surprise visit from his family and numerous well-wishers on the ice moved the 66-year-old American to tears.
Also in the following game, Jackson, who won two Stanley Cups as a player with Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers, was gifted by his team with a passionate performance and a deserved win. During his coaching career, Jackson won a DEL cup with Düsseldorfer EG and eight German championships with Eisbären Berlin and EHC Munich. The last championship so far was four years ago. “It’s about time again,” Jackson said of his goal for the season.
EHC professional Yannic Seidenberg suspended
After difficult Corona years, the DEL is finally hoping for a trouble-free season without restrictions. At the start of the season on Thursday, there was still excitement. Before the first game of the season at the Kölner Haie (3:6), Munich suspended ex-national player Yannic Seidenberg, who had undergone a conspicuous doping test.
While the club, league and the National Anti-Doping Agency (Nada) do not want to comment further on the case, national team colleague Moritz Müller has already protected his long-time teammate. “I don’t know any further details, but I do know that Yannic is not a doper,” said Haie defender Müller to the German Press Agency. “If someone knowingly dopes, then they should be banned. That’s not the case with Yannic. There must have been something he didn’t know about.”
Frankfurt gives the 3-0 lead out of hand
Meanwhile, newcomer Löwen Frankfurt lost their first home game after being promoted back to the DEL, despite leading 3-0, 3-4 (3-0, 0-2, 0-2) against the Fischtown Pinguins from Bremerhaven. Even three scorer points from former top talent Dominik Bokk did not help coach Gerald Fleming’s team to their second win in the second game in front of 5560 spectators.
On Friday, the promoted team surprisingly won 5-2 in Wolfsburg. Markus Vikingstad, the son of longtime DEL striker Tore Vikingstad, also scored for Bremerhaven. Defending champions Eisbären Berlin also lost their first game of the season – on Sunday 2:4 (0:0, 1:2, 1:2) at the Nuremberg Ice Tigers.
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