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Cologne Sharks Can Celebrate Playoffs

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KOELNER HAIE, in the midst of a financial crunch, received the best of all possible news on Sunday.

Adler Mannheim moved out to a 3-0 first period lead and, although they ultimately fell 4-6 to the Iserlohn Roosters in the Sauerland, it was not by the eight-goal margin required to knock the Cologne Sharks out of the playoffs.

The season will continue, if only temporarily, for coach BILL STEWART’s Shark squad.

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DEUTSCHE EISHOCKEY LIGA — final regular season table

  • 123 pts — 56 ga — Eisbaeren Berlin
  •   98 pts — 56 ga — Frankfurt
  •   97 pts — 56 ga — Wolfsburg
  •   94 pts — 56 ga — Hannover
  •   91 pts — 56 ga — Nuernberg
  •   90 pts — 56 ga — Dusseldorf
  •   89 pts — 56 ga — Ingolstadt
  •   87 pts — 56 ga — Augsburg
  •   84 pts — 56 ga — Mannheim
  •   74 pts — 56 ga — KOELN
  •   74 pts — 56 ga — Iserlohn
  •   72 pts — 56 ga — Krefeld
  •   70 pts — 56 ga — Straubing
  •   61 pts — 56 ga — Hamburg
  •   56 pts — 56 ga — Kassel

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KOELNER HAIE will meet ERC INGOLSTADT in a best-of-three series to determine a quarterfinalist for the DEL playoffs starting March 24.

The cash-strapped Cologne Sharks will have one home game at the Lanxess Arena from the mini-series. An opportunity to rake in some much needed revenue. Prior to the season, the club management had budgeted Koelner Haie to reach at least the quarterfinal stage.

The Sharks drew an average of 10,076 spectators for their 28 home games, which placed Cologne third in the 15-team German elite league.

Lanxess Arena, the largest of its kind used in European professional hockey, has a capacity of 18,500.

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Cologne Sharks Fall In Final Game

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Koelner Haie German international Stuermer CHRISTOPH ULLMANN (17) is hacked on the knee by Iserlohn Roosters Angriffer COLLIN DANIELSMEIER (10) during the Sharks’ final Deutsche Eishockey Liga game of the year at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne. (Michels/Haie.de)

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A pair of power play goals propelled the ISERLOHN ROOSTERS to a three-goal first period on their way to an extremely significant 3-1 Sieg (victory) over the host KOELNER HAIE in Deutsche Eishockey Liga action at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany.

Defenseman ADRIAN VEIDEMAN, a mid-season arrival from the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League, sent Iserlohn to the lead in the seventh minute with the first of the Roosters’ two man-advantage goals. The one-time University of Denver rearguard tallied his second strike in as many games for Islerlohn Friday at Lanxess Arena. Overall, the 26-year-old Veideman now reveals three goals from 19 DEL games for the Roosters this term.  

Ex-Los Angeles King JEFF GUILIANO doubled Iserlohn’s margin at the 10:45 mark of the opening period. The former Boston College Eagles forward, who began his professional career with the Reading Royals of the East Coast Hockey League, collected his sixth goal of this DEL campaign. Guiliano, 30, arrived in Germany this past off-season from Belarussian club Dynamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Former Philadelphia Flyers forward RYAN READY, who had assisted on Guiliano’s earlier goal, raised the count to 3-0 with Iserlohn’s second power play score in the fourteenth minute. The 31-year-old, whom the Calgary Flames made the 100th overall player selected at the 1997 National Hockey League Draft, registered his eighth goal of the year and 54th overall for the Roosters. Ready has been with Iserlohn since leaving the Philadelphia organization following the 2005-06 schedule. 

German goaltender DANNY AUS DEN BIRKEN blocked 20 shots for the Iserlohn Roosters and was chosen as the game’s first star by the German elite league’s official website, http://www.del.org.

A solitary point would have been enough to secure Koeln’s passage to the first round of the DEL’s post-season playoffs. A single third period goal, however, was all die Haie could muster in front of the home Volk. Slovakia international IVAN CIERNIK spared Cologne’s blushes with a goal less than ten minutes from full time.

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IVAN CIERNIK (27) played 89 NHL games (12 go 14 as, 26 pts, 32 pim) over the course of five seasons for the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals before moving to the Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams in Germany to start the 2004-05 campaign. The 32-year-old Slovak joined the Cologne Sharks to begin the next season. Ciernik now totals 111 goals and 231 points from 209 career games for Koelner Haie. (Sportfoto-Cologne photo)

IVAN CIERNIK (27) played 89 NHL games (12 go 14 as, 26 pts, 32 pim) over the course of five seasons for the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals before moving to the Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams in Germany to start the 2004-05 campaign. The 32-year-old Slovak joined the Cologne Sharks to begin the next season. Ciernik now totals 111 goals and 231 points from 209 career games for Koelner Haie. (Sportfoto-Cologne photo)

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Ciernik, who led Koeln in goals (38) and points (66) two seasons ago before moving to Russian club Sibir Novosibirsk of the Kontinental Hockey League last year, collected his 27th goal of this season in the final frame. Thus, the NHL veteran again finishes as the leader in goals and points (57) on the Cologne Sharks for the 2009-10 season. 

A crowd of 11,368 Zuschauer (spectators) turned out to take in the final regular season game of the year at the Lanxess Arena in Koeln. 

Koelner Haie, who still sit in 10th place in the DEL standings, have completed their season schedule and must now sit back and await the results of other teams to see whether the club, indeed, are included in the German playoff picture.

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Stewart’s Struggling Sharks Wait For Final Table

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Koelner Haie Assistant Captain STEPHANE JULIEN (22) leads a frustrated set of Sharks off the ice after the disappointing 3-1 loss at the Lanxess Arena to the Iserlohn Roosters in Cologne’s final DEL game of the 2009-10 regular season. (Bild.de photo)

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KOELNER HAIE are actually the first German squad to complete their Deutsche Eishockey League programme; there are an uneven number of clubs in the circuit. All other DEL squads have but a single game remaining :

  • 123 pts — Eisbaeren Berlin
  •   97 pts — Wolfsburg
  •   95 pts — Frankfurt
  •   91 pts — Hannover
  •   90 pts — Dusseldorf
  •   89 pts — Ingolstadt
  •   88 pts — Nuernberg
  •   84 pts — Augsburg
  •   84 pts — Mannheim
  •   74 pts — KOELNER HAIE
  •   71 pts — Iserlohn
  •   69 pts — Krefeld
  •   67 pts — Straubing
  •   61 pts — Hamburg
  •   56 pts — Kassel

Blame will only be found in the mirror for coach BILL STEWART’s Koelner Haie squad should the revenue-challenged Rheinland club fail to advance into the German playoffs. The recent loss to second-from-bottom Hamburg seems to loom ever larger as some sort of bad omen for the struggling Sharks, who have tripped up at home against their closest challenger now, as well. As a result, Cologne must play the old waiting game. 

The Islerlohn Roosters host Adler Mannheim at the Eissporthalle am Seilersee on Sunday, March 21, at 14:30 local time.

Iserlohn must not only beat Mannheim in regulation, the Roosters must also win by the margin of no less than eight goals.

Otherwise, Koelner Haie, who finished with a goal differential of – 12, will claim the tenth and final playoff position. The Sauerland club are currently nineteen goals in arears on the goal differential chart. Iserlohn’s work is clearly cut out, however.

Mannheim boast the sixth best defense (out of 15 teams) in the league and surrender 3.11 goals per game on average.

On the other hand, there is a reason why they don’t play games on paper…

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Sharks Sink But Stay Alive

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One-time Philadelphia Flyers forward COLIN FORBES (22) scored the only goal of the game as ADLER MANNHEIM blanked KOELNER HAIE 1-0 in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with the curtain just about set to come down on the German season. (Getty Images photo)

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KOELNER HAIE, in the midst of financial pressures, dropped their penultimate match of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga season 0-1 to ADLER MANNHEIM.

Former Philadelphia Flyers forward COLIN FORBES found the back of the Cologne cage 2:13 into the second period for the only goal of the game viewed by a crowd of 10,360 at the SAP Arena in the southern central German city of Mannheim.

Forbes, who facilitated his 11th goal of this campaign, is in his fourth season with Mannheim in the DEL after ten years of professional hockey in North America. The 34-year-old native of New Westminster, British Columbia, skated 132 National Hockey League games for Philadelphia before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning late in the 1998-99 schedule. Overall, Forbers contested 311 NHL games (33 go 28 as, 61 pts, 213 pim) for the Flyers, the Lightning, Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals before taking his act to Germany.

Forbes celebrated his 51st career goal on his 209th appearance in the colors of Adler Mannheim against Koelner Haie.

The man of the match was Canadian international and former NHL netminder FRED BRAITHWAITE of Mannheim, who blocked all 37 shots the Cologne Sharks sent his way. The 37-year-old posted his 4th shutout of this German league season, which leaves the Ottawa native tied for second in the DEL for that statistical category. Braithwaite, who tended NHL nets for the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues as well as the Columbus Blue Jackets, arrived in Mannheim during the summer of 2008 from Russian club Avangard Omsk.

Swiss goaltender LARS WEIBEL saved 31 of 32 shots in goal for coach BILL STEWART’s Koelner Haie club and lowered his goals-against-average to 3.12 from 47 DEL games .

Although Koeln collected no points from their tie with Mannheim, die Haie still hold onto tenth place for the final playoff spot available to DEL clubs. This as a result of Tuesday losses by nearest league rivals Krefeld and Iserlohn. Krefeld fell 3-1 to lowly Straubing while Iserlohn were left by the wayside 6-1 at the hands of Wolfsburg.

The Cologne Sharks close out the 2009-10 slate this Friday, March 19, opposite the Iserlohn Roosters at the Lanxess Arena in Koeln.

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Deutsche Eishockey Liga table — as of March 17, 2010

  • 120 pts — 54 ga — Eisbaren Berlin
  •   95 pts — 54 ga — Wolfsburg
  •   92 pts — 54 ga — Frankfurt
  •   90 pts — 53 ga — Dusseldorf
  •   88 pts — 54 ga — Nuernberg
  •   87 pts — 53 ga — Hannover
  •   86 pts — 54 ga — Ingolstadt
  •   84 pts — 54 ga — Mannheim
  •   81 pts — 54 ga — Augsburg
  •   74 pts — 55 ga — KOELN
  •   69 pts — 54 ga — Krefeld
  •   68 pts — 54 ga — Iserlohn
  •   64 pts — 54 ga — Straubing
  •   61 pts — 55 ga — Hamburg
  •   56 pts — 54 ga — Kassel

Aside from requiring Koeln to accumulate no points from their final league contest, Krefeld will need to win both of their remaining games outright in regulation in order to pip die Haie for the final DEL playoff spot.

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Sharks Salvage Point For Stewart

Koelner Haie coach BILL STEWART, former National Hockey League defenseman and two-time Olympian for Italy, knows the job is not done for his club in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Koelner Haie coach BILL STEWART, former National Hockey League defenseman and two-time Olympian for Italy, knows the job is not done for his club in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

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Koelner Haie hat gegen Hamburg Freezers nach Penaltyschiessen 3:4 verloren.

The Sharks twice took the lead in the first period — first through the Slovak IVAN CIERNIK with his team-leading 26th goal after five minutes and then courtesy the Czech DUSAN FROSCH with his 13th goal in the 15th minute.  

One-time Vancouver Canuck JASON KING equalized first for the Freezers and German Olympic forward JOHN TRIPP pulled Hamburg level a second time just two minutes into the second period, however. STEPHAN RETZER sent the Freezers in front 3-2 roughly eight minutes into the final period.

Veteran NHLer MARC CHOUINARD, a mid-season free-agent signing who spent last year HC Fribourg Gotteron in Switzerland, tied the contest for the Cologne Sharks at the 15:02 mark. Chouinard counted his fifth goal in 17 DEL games to send the match into overtime and guarantee coach BILL STEWART’s Koeln club at least a share of the spoils.

FRANCOIS FORTIER, a former skater for the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolf Pack, produced the winner for the Freezers with the only goal of the shootout.

Still, a valuable point in the standings nonetheless with few matches remaining to be played this season.

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Deutsche Eishockey Liga — table thru March 14, 2010

  • 117 pts – 53 ga — Eisbaeren Berlin
  •   92 pts – 53 ga — Wolfsburg
  •   90 pts – 53 ga — Dusseldorf
  •   89 pts – 53 ga — Frankfurt
  •   88 pts – 54 ga — Nuernberg
  •   87 pts – 53 ga — Hannover
  •   86 pts – 53 ga — Ingolstadt
  •   81 pts – 53 ga — Mannheim
  •   78 pts – 53 ga — Augsburg
  •   74 pts – 54 ga — KOELN
  •   69 pts – 53 ga — Krefeld
  •   68 pts – 53 ga — Iserlohn
  •   61 pts – 54 ga — Hamburg
  •   61 pts – 53 ga — Straubing
  •   56 pts – 53 ga — Kassel

Koeln cling still precariously to the tenth and final playoff spot.

The two remaining games for Koelner Haie would be with Mannheim, whom the Sharks have no hope of catching, and Iserlohn, who are very much still in contention at this point mathematically.

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Critical Result For Cash-Strapped Cologne

Swiss goaltender LARS WEIBEL was a wall when the Koelner Haie needed him to be most. Weibel turned aside all 40 shots faced in Koeln's crucial 2-0 defeat of Krefeld as the Deutsche Eishockey Liga regular season reaches its conclusion. (Dahmen/www.ksta.de)

Swiss goaltender LARS WEIBEL was a wall when the Koelner Haie needed him to be most. Weibel turned aside all 40 shots faced in Koeln's crucial 2-0 defeat of Krefeld as the Deutsche Eishockey Liga regular season reaches its conclusion. (Dahmen/www.ksta.de)

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Facing potential insolvency as the sun sets rapidly on the 2010 regular season, the Koelner Haie (Cologne Sharks) have produced a major victory in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga with the 2-0 result over their nearest rival in the table, the Krefeld Pinguine.

A first period goal in the 14th minute from former Phoenix Coyotes forward JASON JASPERS provided all the offense that would be necessary for Koeln to collect critical full points from the match. The 28-year-old former Canadian junior international, in his first campaign with the Sharks after three in Mannheim, notched his 18th goal and sits on third for Cologne with 47 points from 52 games.

This as a result of the clean sheet turned in by Haie Torhueter LARS WEIBEL.

The 35-year-old Swiss international, who has appeared in 45 (3.17 avg, 90.3 sv pct) of Koeln’s 53 games this term, posted his second shutout of the season. Weibel, a one-time 10th round draft choice of Chicago Black Hawks way back in 1994, is in his first year of German hockey after playing exclusively in Switzerland previously. The veteran goaltender transferred to Koelner Haie from EV Zug this past summer.

German Olympic forward MARCEL MUELLER hammered the final nail in Krefeld’s coffin with a goal three minutes from full time. Mueller, who topped Germany with two assists at the recently completed Vancouver Games, accumulated his 24th goal of this DEL season. The 21-year-old, who was chosen as the game’s first star, moved into a tie with Slovkian IVAN CIERNIK for the club lead with 55 points.

The official attendance for the match at LANXESS ARENA in Koeln was reported to be 11,938 by the official German league site, www.del.org, who selected Mueller, Weibel and Krefeld’s one-time National Hockey League goalkeeper SCOTT LANGKOW as the game’s three stars.

Only three games remain in the regular season for the Cologne Sharks, who desperately seek a 10th place finish — if not higher — so as to qualify for the playoffs and continue to generate much-need revenue for the traditional Rheinland team with eight German league titles to its credit.

The already cash-strapped Koelner Haie had been budgeted by club management to reach at least the quarterfinal stage of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga playoffs. 

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Deutsche Eishockey Liga — table as of March 13, 2010

  • 114 pts — Eisbaeren Berlin 
  •   90 pts — Dusseldorf 
  •   89 pts — Wolfsburg 
  •   89 pts — Frankfurt
  •   88 pts — Nuernberg
  •   86 pts — Ingolstadt
  •   84 pts — Hannover
  •   81 pts — Mannheim
  •   75 pts — Augsburg
  •   73 pts — KOELN
  •   69 pts — KREFELD
  •   68 pts — Iserlohn
  •   59 pts — Hamburg
  •   58 pts — Straubing
  •   53 pts — Kassel

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Save The Sharks — Die Haie Erfordern Hilfe

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“SAVE THE SHARKS — Red Alert As Cologne Club Struggles On And Off Ice”

MARTIN MERK — IIHF.COM — (3/10/10)

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KOELN — Hockey fans in Cologne have reason to be happy as they look forward to world-class hockey when the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships comes to town in May. But among that anticipation, dark clouds are gathering over Cologne’s 18,500 LANXESS ARENA, the largest arena used in European hockey.

KOELNER HAIE, of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL), was one of the top teams for years, even decades. When they moved into their new arena in 1998, they set a record average attendance of 13,400, which was a European record until 2003.

Things have changed dramatically for Cologne in the last two years. In 2009, Koelner Haie went from second to 15th in the 16-team league and have had to fight this year to earn a playoff berth. They’re currently in tenth place and average 9,954 fans, about half the capacity. That’s not enough for the eight-time champion to reach their goals — on the ice and in the books.

Before 2008, the club made the playoffs 27 straight seasons. But several transfers and coaching changes have weakened the team.

Because the fall in the standings has consequences on the club’s finances, Koelner Haie applied for short-time compensation from authorities and this year they were close to apply for insolvency proceedings. The Sharks’ longstanding patron HEINZ HERMANN GOETTSCH didn’t want to pay the bills by himself anymore last year, but a new investor group recently brought in reportedly 2 million Euros to save the club and play through the 2009-10 season. But it’s not enough.

The club currently have 1.5 million Euros debts and needs 500,000 Euros to cover costs for the rest of the season — and to avoid insolvency. That’s what the club made public to show that it’s red alert in Cologne. In the case of insolvency proceedings, the club could be excluded from the league for next season or even the playoffs.

“It was good to communicate the hard facts to the fans. Everybody understands now that we need help. We’re still alive, so we have to fight,” Koelner Haie CEO Thomas Eichin said to RHEINISCHE POST.

The news hit the people in the city hard. Koelner Haie is not just a sports team. Almost 70 fan clubs exist. And in Hoehner’s song, VIVA COLONIA, Germany’s party hymn number one that has been played nationwide weekend after weekend for seven years now, the group makes clear that Koelner Haie is one of the sports teams that belong to Cologne lifestyle same as Carnival and the landmark Cologne Cathederal.

Fans are collecting money for the club right now and have sold thousands of red t-shirts with the slogan “We are Sharks!”. Local celebrities and numerous pub owners show their helpfulness as well as the local football team 1.FC Koeln and their players. Hockey player ANDREAS RENZ posed between both club mascots, a shark and a goat. More than 40,000 Euros has been collected through an online petition. The local authorities were asked to help find new sponsors.

And kids have stopped by the office with their piggybank.

“Ice hockey as a sport is deep-rooted in Cologne and the Cologne people,” stated Mayor JOERGEN ROTERS. “There’s enormous interest in the long-term existance of this club and great fan support. The brand Koelner Haie may not die and we will do everything to help the club find new sponsors.”

“Everybody is asked to help that this traditional club does not disappear,” LUKAS PODOLSKI, a star of the German football national team and of 1.FC Koeln, told BILD. “For me, Cologne without the Sharks is unthinkable. Already as a little kid I enjoyed watching hockey games.”

Days after the financial situation became known, 18,523 fans came to the Rhine derby against Duesseldorf to show their solidarity. Unfortunately for the home team, they lost the game 4-3 and just 6,983 spectators came to the next game that ended with the same score against ERC Ingolstadt.

Koelner Haie needs to finish in tenth place to at least qualify for the pre-playoffs — two best-of-three series between the teams ranked sixth to tenth. If the club does not make the quarterfinals as planned in the budget, it will lose even more money.

That’s where the club can potentially find the biggest income : wins. “If we win many games, our problems will be solved automatically,” Eichin said.

The playoffs have already started for Cologne because every lost game can potentially end the season — and in the worst case even more than that. But the fans and the people in Cologne are ready to help the club find their way back.

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The KOELNER HAIE (Cologne Sharks) have fallen on hard financial times in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. The number of immediate on-ice victories for Cologne could very well decide the future economic viability of the club.

The KOELNER HAIE (Cologne Sharks) have fallen on hard financial times in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. The number of immediate on-ice victories for Cologne could very well decide the future economic viability of the club.

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Dieses Blog hat die Haie von Koeln sehr gern!

This author holds a red, # 27 — HELMUT STEIGER — Sharks jersey acquired at the old EISSTADION AN DER LENTSTRASSE in Koeln over the summer of 1989.

A good friend of this blog, a U.S. Army man who was stationed in what was West Germany at that time, proudly possesses a white, # 7 — THOMAS BRANDL.

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Swedish trainer HARDY NILSSON holds the Bundesliga championship plate high in the locker room after EC KOELN captured the German league title for the 1986-87 campaign. Next to Nilsson are Meisterspieler HELMUT STEIGER (27), left, and captain UDO KIESSLING (4), the one-time Minnesota North Star defenseman.

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Electronics manufacturer GOLDSTAR were the shirt sponsor for the Sharks at that time. Current German national team coach and former EC Koeln defenseman UWE KRUPP had just completed his third season for the Buffalo Sabres back then. There were several large pictures of Krupp, a future Stanley Cup winner, in the uniforms of both the Sharks and the Sabres in the team offices at the Lentstrasse Eisstadion the day I paid my unannounced visit.

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The old EISSTADION AN DER LENTSTRASSE, the former home of eight-time champion German ice hockey club, DIE HAIE von KOELN. Seven of the Sharks' eight titles were captured during their years at the Lentstrasse Eisstadion.

The old EISSTADION AN DER LENTSTRASSE, the former home of eight-time champion German ice hockey club, DIE HAIE von KOELN. Seven of the Sharks' eight titles were captured during their years at the Lentstrasse Eisstadion.

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I had been searching all over town for suitable, authentic game jerseys for my buddy and I but had only found frustration. Finally, I made my way to the team rink and stormed the offices. The secretaries in the office were very kind and, although that was not their regular spiel, were able to find and sell me proper Shark shirts!

Die Haie von Koeln moved out of the Eisstadion an der Lentstrasse (rink capacity – 7,200 — 1,870 seats) in 1998.

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The EISSTADION AN DER LENTSTRASSE in Koeln, Germany, was demolished in the summer of 2008. (Rudolf J. Loew photos)

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