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Successful Start To Cortina Tenure, Olympic Qualification Awaits Come February


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Three victories in three consecutive contests —- against Canada, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist, Switzerland, the traditional neighboring arch-rival, and Slovakia, the silver medalists at the 2012 IIHF World Championships this past spring — would resonate well on the resume of any incoming trainer for the national team of GERMANY, to be quite honest about the siutation.

But in the wake of Germany’s shocking and utter collapse (i.e., the 12-4 embarrassment against Norway and the 8-1 hammering by the Czech Republic) in their final two games under the departed Swiss trainer JAKOB KOLLIKER at the IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, however, this particular DEUTSCHLAND CUP debut of the Canadian trainer of Italian descent has caused quite the sensation and also done much to restore the requisite confidence and spirit of the Deutschland Eishockey-Nationalmannschaft.

The next major test for the Germany national team and its new trainer PAT CORTINA will be the all-important, final qualification tournament for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Sochi, Russia. The Germans have been drawn into Group D with Austria, Italy and the Netherlands. One important advantage for Cortina is that the Group D contests will be staged at the Eisarena Ellental in Bietigheim-Bissingen in the southern German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg from February 7th thru the 10th.

At this time, it is unknown if Germany’s National Hockey League players currently affected by the so-called “Lock-Out” situation in North America, none of whom participated in the 2012 Deutschland Cup, would be able to don the national team sweaters for Cortina’s German entry at the Winter Olympic Games qualification tournament in early February — if the NHL labor situation still had not been resolved by that date, that is.

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Germany right wing THOMAS GREILINGER (39), the 31-year-old ERC Ingolstadt veteran who has appeared with Deutschland at five major international tournaments (27 ga, 4 go, 5 pts) in his career : “We have scored seven goals in three games and only conceded two. This shows that we have been very good defensively. This allowed us to reach our target (ed: the Deutschland Cup). Now we have to stay focused and work hard.”
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Germany captain MICHAEL WOLF, the 31-year-old, veteran right wing from Iserlohn Roosters who has represented Deutschland at six major international tournaments (38 ga, 9 go, 17 pts) in his career but did not appear at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, led all players at the four-nation Deutschland Cup with five asissts and finished as the top scorer for the entire 2012 tournament, as well.
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2012 Deutschland Cup Scoreboard …… Germany 2 – Slovakia 0


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Germany captain MICHAEL WOLF (16) of Iserlohn Roosters concentrates on settling the rolling puck as Slovakia winger MICHEL MIKLIK (91) of Kontinental Hockey League club HC Slovan Bratislava, the 30-year-old veteran who skated in all 10 games (1 go, 2 pts) for the surprise silver medalists at the 2012 World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, and giant Slovakia defenseman BORIS VALABIK (48) of Czech Republic club HC Brno, the first round pick (# 10 overall) at the 2004 National Hockey League Draft who later skated 80 NHL games (0 go, 7 pts) for the Atlanta Thrashers over parts of three seasons before finally returning to Europe just this past summer, prepare to engage during the Deutschland Cup third round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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A pair of flukey goals, both as a result of unfortunate deflections, scored from odd angles less than a minute apart right at the halfway point of the third period provided the in-form hosts with a lead it would never relinquish as GERMANY blanked visiting SLOVAKIA 2-0 to become the official and deserved champions at the 2012 DEUTSCHLAND CUP.

Despite having narrowly lost 3-2 to Switzerland the opening day of this fall’s Deutschland Cup, the Slovaks had decisively defeated Canada 5-2 on its second appearance at Munich and were looking to play the role of spoiler in its third and final match of the tournament against undefeated Germany. The visitors were led by captain BRANKO RADIVOJEVIC of Russian club Spartak Moscow, the 32-year-old veteran who once skated 399 National Hockey League games (52 go, 120 pts) for the Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild before originally moving to the Kontinental Hockey League in the summer of 2008. Radivojevic, who has represented Slovakia at seven major internatioal tournaments (49 go, 8 as, 17 pts) in his career, registered four goals and eight points in ten matches for the silver medalists at the 2012 IIHF World Championships last spring.

Other experienced players for trainer VLADMIR VUJTEK at Munich included left wing MARCEL HOSSA of the Czech Republic’s Kontinental Hockey League club Lev Sparta Prague, the former 1st round draft choice (2000, # 16 overall) of the Montreal Canadiens who later skated 237 NHL games (31 go, 61 pts) for the Canadiens, New York Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes and has appeared with Slovakia at eight major international tournaments (45 ga, 7 go, 18 pts) including the successful IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia. Another on had was Lev Sparta Prague center JURAJ MIKUS, the former fourth round selection (# 121 overall) of the Montreal Canadiens at the 2004 NHL Draft who did have an unproductive 2009/10 season for the Manchester Monarchs (56 ga, 4 go, 13 pts) in the American Hockey League but also did win a silver medal with Slovakia at the IIHF World Championships last spring. Defenseman IVAN BARANKA of KHL side Salavat Yulayev Ufa, the former 2nd round NHL draft pick (2003, # 50 overall) of the New York Rangers who has spent the past five years playing for Russian clubs in the Kontinental Hockey League while representing Slovakia at the last four major internatinonal tournaments (29 ga, 1 go, 5 pts), anchored the backline for Vujtek’s charges.

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Slovakia netminder JAROSLAV JANUS (32) of Kontinental Hockey League side HC Slovan Bratislava, the sixth round selection (# 162 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2009 National Hockey League Draft, stretches out the pad to make the save as Germany left wing PHILIP GOGULLA of Koelner Haie is effectively tied up in front by massive Slovakia defenseman BORIS VALABIK (48) of HC Brno, the 6’7″ 230-pound blueliner who appeared in just three games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins in the American Hockey League last term, during the closely-contested Deutschland Cup third round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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Slovakia actually got a tremendous break just eight and a half minutes into the contest when inexperienced, if not careless, Germany center MARTIN BUCHWIESER, the 23-year-old, local product from hometown side HC Red Bull Munich, received a five-minute major for high-sticking and an automatic game misconduct, as well. In part due to extremely effective penalty-killing by the Germans, the Slovaks never did make anything of the wonderful opportuntiy. Playing a positive role, as well, was veteran Germany goaltender DMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW of Hamburg Freezers, the third different netminder to start a match at the 2012 Deutschland Cup for new national team trainer PAT CORTINA, who just so also happens to be in charge of HC Red Bull Munich.

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Despite the screen from Germany center FELIX SCHUETZ (55) of Koelner Haie, the 25-year-old former NHL draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres who previoulsy spent two years with the Portland Pirates in the American Hockey League, visiting Slovakia netminder JAROSLAV JANUS, the 23-year-old who signed with HC Slovan Bratislava this summer after appearing in 34 games (2.36 avg, .914 save pct) as the backup goaltender for the American Hockey League champion Norfolk Admirals last season, is still able to get just enough of the puck to force a German shot wide during the tight Deutschland Cup third round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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Even with the five-minute power play, the first period proved itself to be the closest Slovakia would come to stamping its authority on the Deutschland Cup match. And Kotschnew, the 31-year-old native of Kazakhstan who returned to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga only this past summer after spending the last four years playing for Russia clubs in the Kontinental Hockey League, would be required to make a game-high nine saves in the opening twenty minutes. Still it was the Germans would held a slight 10-9 edge in the shots-on-goal category after the opening session.

The second session was extremely defensive in nature as the Germans continued to execute the conservative and disciplined tactics that Cortina had ordered to be employed throughout the entire tournament. Many of potential offensive thrusts of the visiting Slovaks, who were also primarily concentrating on ‘safety-first’ ice hockey in their final Deutschland Cup match, were stopped cold in the neutral zone. Slovakia, in fact, would manage to get just five shots on target for the whole of the middle period.

The Germans, meanwhile, also had trouble in the offensive zone breaking down an equally-organized Slovakia defense but, thanks in part to a couple of power play chances, were able to put eight shots on the net of the one-time NHL prospect Janus in the second period. But scoreless ice hockey was, for the time being, still very much in charge of this particular international match in Munich. And so, those people among the 5,600 spectators in attendance at the Olympia-Eisstadion who had come to see a goal scored would have to wait until at least the final period, if not even a little longer, to do so.

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Slovakia center MARIO BLIZNAK (55) of HC Slovan Bratislava, the 25-year-old who skated six NHL games (1 go, 0 as) over parts of two seasons for the Vancouver Canucks before signing with Czech Republic side HC Sparta Prague a few summers ago and appeared in all ten contests (0 go, 3 as) for the silver medalists at the 2012 IIHF World Championships this past spring, is stopped at the side of the goalcage by Germany netminder DMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW of Hamburg Freezers as Deutschland defenseman FRANK HOERDLER (47) of Eisbaeren Berlin ties up the attacker and eyes the rebound during the Deutschland Cup third round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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It is a fact that Germany had only ever defeated Slovakia in 18 of the previous 45 international meetings between the two nations heading into the Deutschland Cup third round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich. However, it is also true that Germany has beaten Slovakia in six of the last eight contests between the two countries at major international tournaments. The Germans have won the last three matches and last fell to the Slovaks at the 2007 IIHF World Championships in Russia (although the two nations did not meet in Scandinavia last spring).

Both sides were still searching for the game-changing goal when the puck was dropped to start the third period, it should be noted. Germany were awarded its third power play of the contest nearly five minutes into the final frame when Slovakia left wing PETER OLVECKY of HC Slovan Bratislava, the former third round NHL draft pick (2004, # 57 overall) who only ever skated 32 NHL games (2 go, 7 pts) for the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators after five seasons of professional hockey in North America, was escorted to the penalty box for boarding. The hosts, however, would not capitalize and so the result remained very much up for grabs.

The proverbial turning point that the international contest had long been crying out for finally arrived just fourteen seconds before the midway mark of the last period. Veteran Germany national team center ALEXANDER BARTA was completely behind the goal line when the Swedish legionnaire now skating for Elitserien side BK Rogle Angelholm sent a very hopeful, if not desperate, pass out in front. And Janus, who had been, perhaps, the Slovaks’ most effective player up until now, somehow conspired to let the puck riccochet of him and slide into the back of the net.

Another Swedish legionnaire, left wing MARCEL MUELLER of Mo Do Ornskoldsvik, and Germany captain MICHAEL WOLF of Iserlohn Roosters were credited with assists on the goal by Barta.

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Germany center ALEXANDER BARTA (29) of Swedish second division side IF Malmo Redhawks, the 29-year-old, former Eisbaeren Berlin youth product who has represented Deutschland at seven major international tournaments (46 ga, 8 go, 11 pts) including the 2006 Winter Olympic Games hosted by the Italian city of Turin, passes the puck ahead of Italy defenseman CHRISTIAN BORGATELLO (50) of HC Bolzano during the 2012 IIHF World Championships preliminary round match this past spring at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
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If Slovakia were not shocked by Barta’s goal that seemingly appeared out of nowhere, the visitors were in for another jolt a mere 51 seconds thereafter. Germany center GARRETT FESTERLING of Hamburg Freezers had been forced wide by the defense and was almost across the goal line, as well, when his less-than-overwhelming effort from the wide angle bounced off the arm of a collapsing Janus and also would wind up inside the Slovakia cage for a second questionable goal conceded by the HC Slovan Bratislava ‘shot-stopper’ rather quickly, then.

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Germany center GARRETT FESTERLING (54) of Hamburg Freezers, the seasoned, 26-year-old native of Quesnel, British Columbia, who went undrafted out of the western Canadian junior ranks and originally signed with third division club EV Fuessen in the summer of 2007 before winning the Deutsche Eishockey Liga title with the Hannover Scorpions at the end of the 2009/10 season, gets a pat on the head from HC Red Bull Munich defenseman FELIX PETERMANN (43) after scoring the vital second goal of the Deutschland Cup third round match with visiting Slovakia at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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With the vocal crowd of 5,600 spectators at the Olympia-Eisstadion already mostly behind the home side from the start, the visitors were now left with a mountain to climb. Slovakia looked to their elder statesmen such as Hossa and Radivojevic to mount some sort of rally, but none to speak of would be forthcoming. It would, however, be left wing MARCEL HASCAK of HK Kosice, the 25-year-old who cut his major international tournament teeth for Slovakia by skating in all ten games (0 go, 1 as) for the silver medalists at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, who proved himself to be the chief threat with three shots on goal.

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Slovakia netminder JAROSLAV JANUS (32) of Kontinental Hockey League side HC Slovan Bratislava, the 23-year-old who was voted by the media as the all-star goaltender at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championships in Switzerland, stops the short-side backhand attempt by Germany right wing JEROME FLAAKE (9) of Hamburg Freezers, the 22-year-old who was taken in the fifth round (# 130 overall) by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2008 National Hockey League Draft and previously represented Deutschland on three occasions at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships, during the Deutschland Cup third round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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As was in the case of the preceding period, Slovakia would actually only produce a palty total of five shots-on-goal in the final twenty minutes. The visitors even had another chance with the man-advantage after Germany defenseman NIKOLAI GOC of Adler Mannheim was sent off on a boarding call a little more than halfway through the third period. It was the Germans who controlled the flow, however, and generated twice as many shots as their guests in the last frame.

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Germany goaltender DMITRIJ KOTSCHNEW of Hamburg Freezers, the experienced, 31-year-old native of Kazakhstan who spent the past four seasons playing in the Kontinental Hockey League for Russian clubs Spartak Moscow, Lokomoitiv Yaroslavl and Atlant Mytishschi Moscow before returning to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga this past summer, finished with 19 saves against Slovakia in the Deutschland Cup third round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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Any feint hopes the Slovaks may have been entertaining about mounting a late, furious comeback abruptly vanished when defenseman IVAN BARANKA of Russian club Salavat Yulayev Ufa, who spent three years in the New York Rangers organization mostly with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the American Hockey League and only ever did skate one NHL game for the Broadway Blueshirts, went to the sin bin for boarding at the 55:55 mark of the final Deutschland Cup 2012 match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich; as further indication of a foregone conclusion, the Slovakia trainer Vujtek never brought his goaltender to the bench in favor of an extra attacker.

“Congratulations to the team,” Germany trainer PAT CORTINA later stated. “Our team has played well today and very disciplined. We remained very patient. I’m very happy for the players, they worked hard this week and put (forth) everything we (the coaching staff) wanted.”

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Germany national team captain MICHAEL WOLF, the 31-year-old veteran right wing for the Iserlohn Roosters who surpassed every player from all four participating nations by amsmassing five assists in his team’s three contests at Munich, skates with the handsome silver trophy after the host nation won all three of its contests on home ice to easily win the 2012 DEUTSCHLAND CUP tournament at the Olympia-Eisstadion in southern Bavarian.
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2012 Deutschland Cup Scoreboard …… Germany 2 – Switzerland 0


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Germany goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS of Adler Mannheim, who, at this time last year was still on the roster of the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League, observes the situation on his knees as Switzerland spends some time on the attack in the offensive zone during the Deutschland Cup second round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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The host nation capitalized early on an early two-man advantage with the power play and then effectively employed both an organized as well as energized defense augmented by flawless goaltending as GERMANY shutout visiting neighbor and traditional Alpine arch-rival SWITZERLAND 2-0 on the second day of competition at the 2012 DEUTSCHLAND CUP.

Trainer SEAN SIMPSON’s Swiss troops shot themselves in the foot almost immediately after 23-year-old forward DENNIS HOLLENSTEIN of EHC Kloten (tripping) and 21-year-old defenseman ROMAIN LOEFFEL of HC Fribourg Gotteron (hooking) were whistled for a pair of undisciplined penalties within the first four minutes of the contest.

PAT CORTINA’s side, playing in just the second international match under the leadership of Germany’s new national team trainer of Canadian and Italian descent, were not about to let such a fabulous opportunity against their histiorical Alpine adversaries go to waste.

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Neither defendseman ROBIN GROSSMANN (91) of HC Davos nor goaltender RETO BERRA of EHC Biel-Bienne from Switzerland can prevent Germany center CHRISTOPH ULLMANN (47) of Alder Mannheim, the 29-year-old veteran who finished tied for second on Germany’s squad at the 2012 IIHF World Championships with both five assists and five points in Scandinavia this past spring, from finding the net on the backhand and scoring the first goal of the Deutschland Cup second round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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CHRISTOPH ULLMANN of Adler Mannheim, the former Koelner Haie veteran who has represented Germany at seven major international tournaments (44 ga, 4 go, 17 pts) in his career, is congratulated by 2010 Olympic veteran THOMAS GREILINGER (39) of ERC Ingolstadt and naturalized Canadian GARRETT FESTERLING (54) of Hamburg Freezers after giving Germany the first period lead over neighboring Switzerland in the Deutschland Cup second round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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And so, Germany went to the lead when Adler Mannheim veteran CHRISTOPH ULLMANN scored just as the first penalty to Switzerland was expiring. The hosts would continue to press the attack throughout the opening twenty minutes and would send 14 shots in on netminder RETO BERRA of HC Biel-Bienne’s goal, exactly twice the number of their Swiss guests were able to muster in the first period. The Germans were unable to increase their advantage for all this effort, however, in part due to the fine play of the fourth round pick (# 106 overall) of the St. Louis Blues at the 2006 National Hockey League Draft who happened to be in between the pipes for Switzerland.

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Germany defenseman FELIX PETERMANN (43) of hometown side EHC Red Bull Munich, the 28-year-old veteran who skated in three contests (0 go, 0 pts) for Germany at the 2007 IIHF World Championships in Russia, collides with Switzerland left wing DENNIS HOLLENSTEIN of EHC Kloten, the 23-year-old who appeared in seven contestes (7 ga, 0 go, 2 pts) for die Schweiz at the 2011 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia, during the Deutschland Cup second round contest at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavaria.
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Switzerland came into the game more in the second period in part thanks to a pair of German penalties, a hooking call to Koelner Haie left wing PHILIP GOGULLA earlier into the frame and then a cross-checking charge assessed to Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman FRANK HOERLDER at the end of the period. But then again, Germany goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS of Adler Mannheim was also beginning to find his grove in the middle session, as well. This, and the conservative as well as prudent ‘safety-first’, defensive tactics employed by the new trainer Cortina were only just starting to pay dividends for Deutschland.

All the while, the two netminders at both ends of the ice were continuing what was to be a classic goaltending duel to be savored by the 5,500 spectators in attendance at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.

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Switzerland defenseman SIMON BODENMANN (15) of EHC Kloten is left to contend with a pair of attackers in front as Germany left wing MARCEL MUELLER (25), the 24-year-old, former Eisbaeren Berlin youth product who appeared in three games (0 go, 0 pts) for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2010/11 campaign but is now skating for Elitserien club Mo Do Ornskoldsvik in Sweden, fishes for the loose puck in the goal crease during the Deutschland Cup second round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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Switzerland defenseman PATRICK GEETING (12) of defending Nationalliga A champion SC Zuerich and Germany left wing KAI HOSPELT (18), the 2010 Olympic veteran and one-time NHL draft pick of the San Jose Sharks, jostle as visiting goaltender RETO BERRA (20) of EHC Biel-Bienne, the 25-year-old who made four appearances for Switzerland (3.01 avg, .880 save pct) at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring, focuses on the puck during the Deutschland Cup second round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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Switzerland center DANIEL RUBIN (40) of SC Bern, the 27-year-old, former HC Servette Geneva forward who has appeared in seven games (0 go, 0 pts) for die Schweiz at the past two annual IIHF World Championships collectively, shoots the puck right into the left shoulder of in-form Germany goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44) of Adler Mannheim, the 27-year-old native of Immenstadt in Bavaria who spent three seasons with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s Bavarian club Augsburg Panthers before signing a contract with the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League in the summer of 2011, during the closely-contested Deutschland Cup second round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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Switzerland forward FABIAN SCHNYDER (27) of EV Zug is entirely too late to have any meaningful effect as Germany goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44), who spent the second half of last season out on loan in the Finnish elite league with IFK Helsinki, prepares to smother the puck easily at the side of the net during the Deutschland Cup second round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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The visiting Swiss stepped up their bid to bring themselves level and would go on to outshoot their German hosts by the considerable margin of 13-6 in the third period. But Deutschland doggedly stuck to Cortina’s conservative tactics while, for the most part, maintaining good discipline to stay out of the penalty box. And the stingy Endras did not seem to be so interested in conceding goals to the arch-rival Swiss.

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Germany goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS (44) of Adler Mannheim, who was chosen as the Best Goaltender by the IIHF Directorate and also voted to the All-Star team by the accredited media in addition to being chosen at the tournament’s Most Valuable Player at the 2010 IIHF World Championships, finished with 28 saves in the Deutschland Cup second round encounter with neighboring Switzerland at the Olympia-Eisstadtion in Munich.
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Switzerland did have one great opportunity to equalize late in the third period after inexperienced Hamburg Freezers left wing DAVID WOLF, the 22-year-old who did not appear for the host nation in the big triumph over Canada during the opening round of the Deutschland Cup, took a lazy tripping penalty at the 57:15 mark of the match. Not surprisingly, the Swiss would also pull their goaltender with a little over a minute remaining and enjoy a two-man advantage for the last part of the pivotal power play. The German defense held more than firm, however, and steadfastly refused to surrender the tying goal to their Alpine arch-rivals.

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Germany defenseman BENEDIKT KOHL (34), the 24-year-old rearguard from Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg who twice appeared for the U-20 national side at the annual IIHF World Junior Championships but has never appeared with Deutschland at a senior major international tournament in his career, delivers a devastating check to an unfortunate Switzerland skater during the Deutschland Cup second round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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With the power play having expired but the Swiss net still empty, the home side clinched the result once and for all. Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman JENS BAXMANN and right wing MICHAEL WOLF of Iserlohn Roosters, the current Germany national team captain who had collected three assists in the important victory over Canada, were able to work the puck to Koelner Haie left wing PHILIP GOGULLA in the neutral zone. A relatively unchallenged goal, then, for the 25-year-old, former Buffalo Sabres prospect who led Germany in scoring with nine points at the 2012 IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring.

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Germany left wing PHILIP GOGULLA (87), who collected two assists in the 3-2 triumph over Canada in the first round of the 2012 Deutschland Cup, finished off Switzerland by shooting a puck into the empty net with just seven seconds remaining in the second round match with neighboring arch-rivals at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Bavaria.
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2012 Deutschland Cup Scoreboard …… Germany 3 – Canada 2


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Germany forward CHRISTOPH ULLMANN (47) of Adler Mannheim controls the puck in front of Canada defenseman RICHIE REGEHR (28) of Swedish Elitserien side Mo Do Ornskoldsvik, the one-time Calgary Flames reaguard who spent the past five seasons skating in Germany for Frankfurt Lions and Eisbaeren Berlin, as Canada goaltender SEBASTIEN CARON (31), the very well-traveled National Hockey League veteran who now tends the nets for Deutsche Eishockey Liga club Iserlohn Roosters, looks for a chance to intervene during the Deutschland Cup first round match witnessed by 5,400 spectators at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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The host nation snapped a scoreless deadlock a little less than two minutes past the halfway point of the match, added a second unanswered goal roughly a minute into the final period and never really looked back, thereafter, as upstart GERMANY defeated CANADA 3-2 on the first day of competition in the 2012 DEUTSCHLAND CUP.

A “prestige victory”, as many referred to the triumph, for Germany national team trainer PAT CORTINA, the native Canadian of Italian heritage who had every reason to celebrate this particular result from his first contest in charge behind the bench for Deutschland.

Canada, as could be expected, iced a skilled and speedy squad. But it was the host nation, in fact, that went right after the defending Olympic champions from the outset with energy and enthusiasm while going on to outshoot the visitors 11-7 over the opening twenty minutes. Canada netminder SEBASTIEN CARON of Deutsche Eishockey Liga club Iserlohn Roosters, the former Pittsburgh Penguins puck tamer who made three appearances in the National Hockey League for the Tampa Bay Lightning at the tail end of last season, needed to be sharp, then.

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Canada center MIKE PETTINGER (18) of Hamburg Freezers, the 32-year-old veteran of 422 NHL games (63 go, 123 pts) who also appeared in eight games (1 go, 0 as) for his country at the 2006 IIHF World Championships in Latvia, is denied an opportunity in front by the astute stickwork of Germany goaltender ROB ZEPP of Eisbaeren Berlin, the native Canadian who made two strong appearances (1.54 avg, 96.4 save pct) for the host nation at the 2010 IIHF World Championships, during the Deutschland Cup first round contest at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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A curious development occured late in the first period as Germany goaltender ROB ZEPP of Eisbaeren Berlin brought a water bottle over to the bench during a break in the action at the Olimpia-Eisstadion in Munich. This being against international rules, the new trainer Cortina was forced to send out his backup goaltender, DENNIS ENDRAS of Adler Mannehim. Zepp subsequently returned to his original position between the pipes for the hosts almost two minutes later, but not before Endras was forced to halt a Canadian shot.

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Germany defenseman NIKOLAI GOC (77) of Adler Mannheim, the 26-year-old national team veteran who was never drafted by a National Hockey League club despite the fact that his two older brothers, Sascha and Marcel, have been so designated and have actually skated in the NHL, as well, leaves a Canada player in his wake along the boards during the historic and memorable Deutschland Cup first round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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The second period was even-faster paced than the first and produced even more offensive chances at both ends, as well. Both goaltenders were proving themselves to be in fine form, however, until the host nation finally got the break that both sides had been looking for in earnest. Adler Mannheim left wing MARCUS KINK, who had just finished serving a hooking penalty for the home side less than a minute earlier, found himself facing Caron all alone in the slot and made no mistake to give Germany the 1-0 lead at the 31:41 mark of the international tournament match.

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Germany forward MARCUS KINK (17) of Adler Mannheim, the 27-year-old left wing who has been picked to represent Deutschland at the last two IIHF World Championship tournaments (9 ga, 1 go, 3 pts) fires past Canada netminder SEBASTIEN CARON (31) of Iserlohn Roosters to score the very first goal of this Deutschland Cup first round match.
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Germany forward DANIEL PIETTA (86) of Krefeld Pinguine celebrates the first goal of the international match from Adler Mannheim left wing MARCUS KINK (center) as Canada netminder SEBASTIEN CARON (31) of Iserlohn Roosters and fellow Maple Leaf national team defenseman MARK KATIC (21) reflect upon what went wrong during the Deutschland Cup first round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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Two minutes after the Germans had gone ahead, though, Canada center CONNOR JAMES of Nuremberg Ice Tigers, the 30-year-old veteran who once skated a combined 16 NHL games (1 go, 0 as) for the Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins but has been playing in German elite league since signing for Augsburg Panthers in the summer of 2009, got loose on the breakaway. But Zepp, who has won four D.E.L. titles since signing with Eisbaeren Berlin in the summer of 2007, was able to snuff out that attempt. Canada also received another tremendous opportunity when overly zealous Germany defenseman FELIX PETERMANN of HC Red Bull Munich was sent to the penalty box for interference with less than two minutes to play in the second period.

During the ensuing power play, the in-form Zepp would, again, be required to make another outstanding save as this time it was Canada defenseman MARK KATIC, the former New York Islanders blueliner who is now the Deutschland goaltender’s teammate with the German capital city club, who was turned away.

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Germany goaltender ROB ZEPP of Eisbaeren Berlin, the 31-year-old native of Newmarket, Ontario, who played four seasons of professional hockey mostly in the East Coast Hockey League before signing with Finnish side Sapia Lappeenranta in the summer of 2005, makes the save with Canada right wing ADAM MITCHELL (27), the 29-year-old who has been playing pro hockey in Germany since leaving Colgate University in 2005, on the doorstep during the Deutschland Cup first round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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Having successfully killed off Petermann’s penalty to begin the third period, Germany grabbed an all-important second goal barely a minute into the final frame when Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman FRANK HOERDLER, the experienced 27-year-old who had been chosen to represent Deutschland at five consecutive IIHF World Championships (25 ga, 3 go, 5 pts) until being dropped for last spring’s tournament by since-departed Swiss coach Jakob Kolliker, blasted a shot past the beleaguered Caron at the 41:03 mark.

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Germany defenseman FRANK HOERDLER (48) of Eisbaeren Berlin, who has already scored five goals in his first 17 D.E.L. contests this term, also netted the game-winning goal in the international friendly with neighboring Austria, the so-called “Jubilaeums-Laenderspiel” to celebate 100th Anniversary of the ice hockey federation in Oesterreich, earlier this season in Vienna.
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Canada netminder SEBASTIEN CARON (31) of Iserlohn Roosters gazes up in frustration as Germany’s veteran Olympic forwards KAI HOSPELT (18) of Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg, the 27-year-old NHL draft pick of the San Jose Sharks who has represented Deutschland at five major international tournaments (33 ga, 2 go, 11 pts) in his career, and national team captain MICHAEL WOLF of Iserlohn Roosters, the 31-year-old right wing who has already appeared with Germany at six major international tournaments (38 ga, 9 go, 17 pts) in his career but was also overlooked for the IIHF World Championships in Scandinavia last spring by outgoing Swiss coach Jakob Kolliker, rejoice at the goal scored by the not-pictured Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman Frank Hoerdler a little over a minute into the third period of the Deutschland Cup first round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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Canada were able to halve the deficit roughly two and a half minutes into the final period when the former NHL prospect Katic, who currently leads all defensemen in the 2012 European Trophy in scoring with nine points (three goals) for his new German employers at Eisbaeren Berlin, finally did get a puck past Zepp, his new constituent in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

The Canadians proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot, however, by taking a trio of penalties in succession. First, it was Canada center DUSTIN BOYD of the Kontinental Hockey League’s Kazakhstan club Barys Astana that was banished for hooking at the 45:44 mark. Then Canada defenseman CHRIS LEE of Swedish Elitserien outfit BK Farjestad Karlstad was sent off for tripping at 49:11 to be followed by the interference call at 51:36 on BRETT FESTERLING of Nuremberg Ice Tigers, the 26-year-old defenseman who skated five games in the National Hockey League last season for the Winnipeg Jets but signed to play in the D.E.L. this summer after spending most of the 2011/12 campaign with the St. John’s Ice Caps in the American Hockey League.

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Canada defenseman MARK KATIC (21) of Eisbaeren Berlin, the third round choice (# 62 overall) of the New York Islanders at the 2007 National Hockey League Draft who spent the majority of the past three seasons skating for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the American Hockey League, fires a shot into the chest of his current teammate with two-time defending champions of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, Germany goaltender ROB ZEPP (72), during the Deutschland Cup first round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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The Germans, much to the dismay of the new trainer, never did take any sort of advantage of the six full minutes of power play time, though. But it did go a long way towards explaining why the hosts were able to register a wide 10-4 gap in the shots-on-goal department over the last twenty minutes of play. Overall, Germany were slated to outshoot Canada by the significant margin of 36-23 for the duration of the Deutschland Cup match in Munich.

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Germany center FELIX SCHUETZ (55) of Koelner Haie, the former fourth round pick (# 117 overall) of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2006 National Hockey League Draft who lated skated two seasons in the American Hockey League (145 ga, 28 go, 69 pts) for the Portland Pirates before returning to the D.E.L. with ERC Ingolstadt in the summer of 2010, skates off with the puck as Eisbaeren Berlin defenseman FRANK HOERDLER (48) ties up a Canada player along the boards during the Deutschland Cup first round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the beautiful Bavarian city of Munich.
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Germany center CHRISTOPH ULLMANN (47) of Adler Mannheim, the experienced, 29-year-old veteran who has appeared for Germany at seven major international tournaments (44 ga, 4 go, 17 pts) rips a shot right through the legs of Canada defenseman RICHIE REGEHR (28) of Swedish elite league club Mo Do Ornskoldsvik, the former NHL rearguard who won the Deutsche Eishockey Liga title the past two seasons with Eisbaeren Berlin, during the Deutschland Cup first round match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich.
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Despite having let the three power play situations slip away, the Germans were finally able to re-establish a commanding two-goal advantage with just less than six minutes left to skate. Again, it was a big shot from another defenseman, NIKOLAI GOC of Adler Mannheim, that did the trick for Germany in this instance at the 54:01 mark. Left wing PHILIP GOGULLA of Koelner Haie, the former 2nd round NHL Draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres who had helped on Hoerdler’s goal earlier, and Germany captain MICHAEL WOLF of Iserlohn Roosters, who had been involved in the preliminary work with Klink’s strike as well as that of the game’s opening goal, each drew an assist for Germany’s third goal of the international match with Canada.

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The rugged Germany defenseman NIKOLAI GOC (77) of Adler Mannheim has already appeared at the annual IIHF World Championships on four occasions (25 ga, 1 go, 2 pts), including the last installment staged jointy by both Finland and Sweden this past spring in Scandinavia, thus far in his career.
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As might have been expected, Canada would not go quitely. This became even more evident after the goaltender Caron was exchanged for a sixth attacker with roughly two and a half minutes to play. And, particularly, after Germany center MARTIN BUCHWIESER, the 23-year-old, inexperienced captain of HC Red Bull Munich, drew a holding-the-stick penalty with just two minutes and twelve seconds left in an international match.

Canada left wing NIGEL DAWES of the Kontinental Hockey League’s Kazakhstan club Barys Astana, the 27-year-old veteran who skated 212 NHL games (39 go, 84 pts) for the New York Rangers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Montreal Canadiens before heading to the former Soviet Union in the summer of 2011, did manage to bring the visitors to within one by scoring a power play goal with the two-man advantage (including the extra skater) at the 58:25 mark.

But, then again, Germany were not to be denied on the new trainer Cortina’s debut international and so mighty Canada fell to a memorable defeat on the first day at the 2012 Deutschland Cup.

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Canada defenseman CHRIS LEE (8) of Swedish Elitserien side BK Farjestad Karlstad, the 32-year-old product of NCAA Division III school SUNY-Potsdam in New York who first signed to play in Europe with die Koelner Haie (Cologne Sharks) in the summer of 2011 after one last season of American Hockey League competition on behalf of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins in northeastern Pennsylvania, shakes hands with Germany right wing FRANK MAUER (28) of Adler Mannheim after the 2012 Deutschland Cup match between the two countries at the Olympia-Eisstadion in Munich; the two adversaries in this just-completed international goodwill tournament contest, of course, spent all of last season together as teammates with Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga while Lee was earning the D.E.L.’s annual award for best defenseman.

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Canada vs Germany – A Closer Look At Munich Meeting


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The national teams of visiting CANADA, icing a team comprised mostly of players currently skating for Deutsche Eishockey Liga clubs, and host nation GERMANY line-up on their respective blue lines prior to the second match to be contested on the opening day of the 2012 Deutschland Cup tournament at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.
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In its opening game at its very own 2012 DEUTSCHLAND CUP, the host nation GERMANY faced-off against the founding father of the fabulous ice sport as well as traditional powerhouse, CANADA, in the second of two matches at Munich’s Olympia-Eisstadion on opening day … this historic occasion coincided with the official debut of PAT CORTINA, the native Canadian with Italian heritage, as the new trainer of the senior national ice hockey team of Germany.

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GERMANY — trainer : Pat CORTINA (EHC Red Bull Munich)
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gk … 72 … Rob ZEPP ………………… Eisbaeren Berlin
gk … 44 … Dennis ENDRAS …………. Adler Mannheim

df … 15 … Jens BAXMANN …………… Eisbaeren Berlin
df … 48 … Frank HOERDLER ……….. Eisbaeren Berlin
fw … 18 … Kai HOSPELT …………….. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
fw … 25 … Marcel MUELLER ………… Mo Do Ornskoldsvik (Swe)
fw … 39 … Thomas GREILINGER …… ERC Ingolstadt

df … 77 … Nikolai GOC ……………….. Adler Mannheim
df … 91 … Moritz MUELLER ………….. Koelner Haie
fw … 16 … Michael WOLF ……………. Iserlohn Roosters
fw … 47 … Christoph ULLMANN ……… Adler Mannheim
fw … 87 … Philip GOGULLA ………….. Koelner Haie

df ….. 6 … Florian ONDRUSCHKA …… Straubing Tigers
df … 34 … Benedikt KOHL ……………. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg
fw … 17 … Markus KINK ……………….. Adler Mannheim
fw … 28 … Frank MAUER ……………… Adler Mannheim
fw … 86 … Daniel PIETTA …………….. Krefeld Pinguine

df … 43 … Felix PETERMANN ………… HC Red Bull Munich
df … 82 … Sinan AKDAG ………………. Krefeld Pinguine
fw … 26 … Martin BUCHWIESER ……… HC Red Bull Munich
fw … 29 … Alexander BARTA …………. BK Rogle Angelholm (Swe)
fw … 55 … Felix SCHUETZ …………….. Koelner Haie

Despite the fact that several German players affected by the National Hockey League’s “Lock-Out” situation have returned to their native country and are now skating with Deutsche Eishockey Liga clubs, none of these national team veterans — MARCEL GOC and DENNIS SEIDENBERG of Adler Mannheim, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF of Krefeld Pinguine or ALEXANDER SULZER of ERC Ingolstadt — were available for the 2012 Deutschland Cup competition.

In direct contrast with their opening game opponents, Cortina’s initial Germany national side contained exactly one player with any NHL experience at all — Eisbaeren Berlin youth team product MARCEL MUELLER, the 24-year-old left wing who made three appearances (0 go, 0 pts) for the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2010/11 NHL season and, after two seasons with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League (129 ga, 28 go, 80 pts), is now skating with Elitserien side Mo Do Ornskoldsvik in Sweden.

Three other players — goaltender DENNIS ENDRAS of Adler Mannheim (6 AHL ga), left wing PHILIP GOGULLA of Koelner Haie (76 AHL ga) and center FELIX SCHUETZ of Koelner Haie (145 AHL ga) — have some combined experience as a result of limited time spent in the American Hockey League, the top rung on the minor league professional ladder in North America.

Germany goaltender ROB ZEPP, the 31-year-old veteran who was born in Canada and spent the overwhelming majority of his first four seasons as a professional appering in 115 games between the pipes for the Flordia Evergreens of the East Coast Hockey League, had two cups of coffee and played seven AHL games for the Lowell Lock Monsters before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to sign with Sapia Lappeenranta in Finland.

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For its part, the entire squad of CANADA at the 2012 Deutschland Cup was made up entirely of players who were already under contract to European clubs and not directly affeceted by the National Hockey League’s current labor dispute. Several NHL stars of Canadian citizenship, including the exiled Philadelphia Flyers pair of DANNY BRIERE and CLAUDE GIROUX now with the current two-time defending German champion Eisbaeren Berlin, have already made the trip across the Atlantic Ocean and have begun to appear in uniform for various clubs in the different leagues all across Europe quite some time ago. But legitimate fears concerning injury and several millions of dollars worth of good contract money in potentinal jeopardy conspire to keep the all the NHL players from all the participating nations now in Europe away from the 2012 Deutschland Cup, however.

Schade!

However, 17 of the 22 veteran players on Canada’s squad at the Deutschland Cup for Chernonmaz, who appeared in 51 NHL games (9 go, 16 pts) spread over parts of seven seasons for the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames in his playing days once upon a time, have skated in at least one National Hockey League contest, themselves, at some in their careers and almost the entire squad, save two players who went straight to Germany from the college/junior ranks, were well-seasoned at least at the American Hockey League level.

CANADA — trainer : Rich CHERNOMAZ (ERC Ingolstadt – Germany)
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gk … 31 … Sebastien CARON …… Iserlohn Roosters (Germany)

df ….. 4 … Shawn BELLE …………. Adler Mannheim (Germany)
df … 28 … Richie REGEHR ………. Mo Do Ornskoldsvik (Sweden)
fw … 14 … Norm MILLEY …………. Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg (Germany)
fw … 18 … Matt PETTINGER …….. Hamburg Freezers (Germany)
fw … 29 … Stephen DIXON ……….. Assat Pori (Finland)

df ….. 8 … Chris LEE ……………… BK Farjestad Karlstad (Sweden)
df … 15 … Marc ZANETTI ………… EG Duesseldorf (Germany)
fw ….. 9 … Nigel DAWES …………. Barys Astana (KHL-Kazakhstan)
fw … 17 … Dustin BOYD ………….. Barys Astana (KHL-Kazakhstan)
fw … 27 … Adam MITCHELL ……… Adler Mannheim (Germany)

df ….. 2 … Mathieu ROY ………….. Hamburg Freezers (Germany)
df … 25 … Jamie FRASER ……….. UPC Vienna Capitals (Austria)
fw … 11 … Yanick LEHOUX ………. Adler Mannheim (Germany)
fw … 12 … Julian TALBOT ……….. Eisbaeren Berlin (Germany)
fw … 20 … Connor JAMES ……….. Nuremberg Ice Tigers (Germany)

df ….. 5 … Brett FESTERLING …… Nuremberg Ice Tigers (Germany)
df … 21 … Mark KATIC ……………. Eisbaeren Berlin (Germany)
fw ….. 6 … Karl STEWART ……….. Straubing Tigers (Germany)
fw … 22 … Mark BELL …………….. Iserlohn Roosters (Germany)
fw … 24 … Carsen GERMYN …….. Straubing Tigers (Germany)

gk … 30 … Tyler WEIMAN ………… Nuremberg Ice Tigers (Germany)

Note — the two defensemen Lee (Adler Mannheim) and Regehr (Eisbaeren Berlin) both spent last season in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, as well, before transferring to Sweden in the summer.

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Former Edmonton Oilers defenseman SHAWN BELLE (45), now patrolling the blue line for the Adler Mannheim in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, and forward Mark Bell of D.E.L. club Iserlohn Roosters were the two former first round picks at the annual National Hockey League Draft in the line-up for the national team of Canada in their match at Munich against host nation Germany at the 2012 Deutschland Cup.
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North American Profesional Experience
(number of games played; NHL draft status in parenthesis)
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450 NHL, 174 AHL …………….. M. BELL …………… (1st rd, 1998)
422 NHL, 198 AHL …………….. M. PETTINGER ….. (2nd rd, 2000)
220 NHL, 136 AHL …………….. D. BOYD ………….. (3rd rd, 2004)
212 NHL, 232 AHL …………….. N. DAWES ………… (5th rd, 2003)

95 NHL, 139 AHL ……………… S. CARON ………… (3rd rd, 1999)
88 NHL, 241 AHL ……………… B. FESTERLING
69 NHL, 354 AHL ……………… K. STEWART
65 NHL, 363 AHL, 10 ECHL …. M. ROY ……………. (7th rd, 2003)
29 NHL, 549 AHL ……………… N. MILLEY ………… (2nd rd, 1998)
20 NHL, 362 AHL ……………… S. BELLE …………. (1st rd, 2003)
20 NHL, 134 AHL ……………… R.REGEHR
16 NHL, 301 AHL, 51 ECHL …. C. JAMES …………. (9th, 2002)
11 NHL, 125 AHL ……………… M. KATIC …………. (3rd, 2007)
10 NHL, 395 AHL ……………… Y. LEHOUX ……….. (3rd, 2000)

4 NHL, 464 AHL ……………….. C. GERMNYN

1 NHL, 262 AHL, 38 ECHL ……. J. FRASER
1 NHL, 215 AHL, 32 ECHL ……. T. WEIMAN ………. (5th rd, 2002)

240 AHL ………………………… S. DIXON …………. (7th rd, 2003)

303 AHL, 66 ECHL ……………. J. TALBOT
249 AHL, 157 ECHL ………….. C. LEE

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Canada center STEPHEN DIXON (29) of Finnish elite league side Assat Pori, the 27-year-old who was selected in the seventh round (# 229 overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2003 National Hockey League Draft but has been in Europe the past five seasons featuring for clubs such as Swedish Elitserien outfit IF Brynas Galve and Russian side Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League, is sandwiched by the Germany national team pair of Adler Mannheim forward MARKUS KINK (17) and HC Red Bull Munich defenseman FELIX PETERMANN (43) during the Deutschland Cup international match at the Olympia-Eisstadion in the Bavarian city of Munich.

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