SVEN FELSKI of Eisbaeren Berlin is the most senior player for the host nation at the annual IIHF World Championships being held in Germany this year. Felski, a two-time Olympian, has already appeared at nine major international tournaments (46 ga, 5 go 7 as, 12 pts) for his country in his career. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)
GERMANY — IIHF World Championships roster — as of 5/6/10
Head Coach — Uwe KRUPP
Asst Coaches — Ernst HOFNER, Harold KREIS
- 28 — Dmitrij KOTSCHNEW — Spartak Moscow (Rus)
- 28 — Rob ZEPP — Eisbaeren Berlin
- 24 — Dennis Endras — Augsburg Panthers
- 34 — Sven BUTENSCHOEN — Adler Mannheim
- 25 — Alexander SULZER — Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
- 23 — Robert DIETRICH — Milwaukee Admirals (AHL)
- 23 — Nikolai GOC — Hannover Scorpions
- 23 — Justin KRUEGER — Cornell University
- 22 — Korbinian HOLZER — Dusseldorf Metro Stars
- 22 — Constantin BRAUN — Eisbaeren Berlin
- 35 — Sven FELSKI — Eisbaeren Berlin
- 33 — John TRIPP — Hamburg Freezers
- 29 — Michael WOLF — Iserlohn Roosters
- 27 — Alexander BARTA — Hamburg Freezers
- 26 — Marcel GOC — NASHVILLE PREDATORS
- 26 — Christoph ULLMANN — Koelner Haie
- 24 — Andre RANKEL — Eisbaeren Berlin
- 24 — Kai HOSPELT — Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams
- 22 — Philip GOGULLA — Portland Pirates (AHL)
- 22 — Felix SCHUETZ — Portland Pirates (AHL)
- 21 — Marcel MUELLER — Koelner Haie
- 21 — Patrick HAGER — Krefeld Pinquine
The Germans have, at this point, formally registered 19 total players with the IIHF for the World Championships. Each team is allowed to roster 20 skaters and three goaltenders for the opening round. At that point, teams are permitted to add two additional skaters for the remainder of the tournament.
Defensemen CHRISTOPH FISCHER (22) of Wolfsburg Grizzly Adams and FRANK HOERDLER (25) of Eisbaeren Berlin as well as forward DANIEL KREUTZER (30) of Dusseldorf Metro Stars are the other skaters already named to Germany’s World Championship squad by national team head coach UWE KRUPP.
The Germans open the 2010 tournament against the United States on May 7 at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen.
Once noticable absentee from the German roster is goaltender DIMITRI PAETZOLD of ERC Ingolstadt. The 27-year-old former San Jose Sharks netminder had been a part of Germany’s national team the past three World Championships in addition to this past winter’s Olympic Games in Canada. On Paetzold’s only apperance in Vancouver, however, the Germans lost to Finland 5-0 in the round-robin.
Finland are a Group D opponent of Germany (May 10) at the 2010 IIHF World Championships.
Krupp also passed on Paetzold’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga teammate, Vancouver Olympic forward THOMAS GREILINGER.
Greilinger, who has never scored for Germany (15 games, 3 appearances) at a major international tournament, was the top goal-scorer in the DEL this past 2009-10 season.