Amazing finish with our national ice hockey team!
The German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) loses coach Marco Sturm (40)!
Sturm becomes co-coach of the NHL Los Angeles Kings club, supporting new coach Willie Desjardins (61). That's what the Kings announced on Sunday night. A little later, the DEB confirmed the process on its homepage.
The DEB statement states: "Sturm asked last week for the launch and therefore the dissolution of his contract as a national coach. The DEB will fulfill this desire after the next German Cup in Krefeld."
And DEB President Franz Reindl: "After Marco approached us with this request, we spent a lot of time and finally came to the conclusion that we can not block this opportunity for him. A German NHL coach is also a leading figure for our ice Hockey ".
NHL team grabs our ice giant
Sturm sensationally led the national ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics earlier this year in Pyeongchang. The longtime NHL professional (including the LA Kings) had taken over in July 2015, the office of the federal coach.
"The timing of the request was a surprise to me. But the NHL has also always been my goal as a coach, so a dream comes true for me," Sturm said in the DEB statement. "I'm not just grateful to the DEB for allowing me to take that step, but also for giving me the chance to start the business."
After the storm Ralph Krüger is only the second German, who has a coaching position in the NHL. In the German Cup, from Thursday to Sunday in Krefeld, he takes care of the German team for the last time.