The former president of the Supervisory Board of the German Ice Hockey League 2 is the new president of the German Ice Hockey Federation. Peter Merten succeeds Franz Reindel, who bid farewell to an emotional.
After more than 30 years as an official in the German Ice Hockey Federation, Franz Reindel said goodbye as president in tears.
‘I’m so touched,’ the 67-year-old cried after a touching farewell at the DEB public meeting Munich. Rindel wept uncontrollably during a minute of applause for those present. Previously, longtime teammates such as former national coaches Hans Zak, Uwe Krupp and Marco Storm, and current national team captain Moritz Muller and former teammates such as Alois Schluder and Ernst Hofner have delivered emotional words to Rendl in videos.
“You are the face of the German national team and always will be,” said Sturm, who led the German men’s team to an Olympic silver medal as national coach in 2018, and thus achieved Germany’s biggest-ever success in ice hockey.
Reindl, who has served since the late 1980s as assistant coach and interim coach of the national team as well as director of sports, general secretary and general manager of the EDB, was elected president in 2014. “At that time, DEB was a case of restructuring,” Reindl later stated.
Together with its vice presidents Daniel Hope, Berthold Wepfler and Mark Hendelang, the association could have been economically consolidated. In addition, there was a clear recovery in sports. He also bid farewell to Hope and Wepfler on Saturday. “It’s hard to say goodbye,” Rendell said. “But I look back with gratitude and pride. I hope we can still be friends.”
Merten was elected to replace Rindl
The Chairman of the DEL2 Supervisory Board, Peter Merten, has been elected as the new Chairman. “I’m following in the footsteps of Franz Reindel’s successor,” said Merten, who will be replaced by Andreas Niederberger (sport). “Our aim must be to maintain the level of the men’s national team and improve that for the women.” ), and Managing Director of DEL Fischtown Pinguins, Hauke Hasselbring (Finance), and again Hindelang (Patrols).
Rendel appealed to the new presidency to continue focusing on the men’s national team. “It won’t work without the Lokomotiv national team. They have to have a special position,” said Rendl, who also warned of the challenges ahead. For example, he mentioned the problematic situation of ice surfaces in Germany and the application of the upcoming World Cup of 2027.
Hardly any criticism
Despite the internal disagreements in the past few months, there were no words of criticism. Reindl has been criticized by some government associations in recent months, among other things because, as honorary chairperson, he took a salary for years as managing director of a DEB subsidiary. However, a legal opinion commissioned by DEB Reindl acquitted.
Accordingly, “no criminally relevant behavior” was found. “We had to pay 175,000 euros for this nonsense,” said Wepfler, who insulted representatives of the state federation Henrik Ansinck (Hessen), Manuel Heimer (Saxony Anhalt) and Wolf-Dietrich Prager (Schleswig-Holstein) with “Pharisees”. Ansink and Hiemer notably retracted with more criticism. Ancink also announced that he wanted to “constructively” support the new start after Rendel’s departure.
After the presidential election, national coach Toni Soderholm also wants to iron out internal differences. “There is no ice hockey country in the world where there are controversies and successes are celebrated at the same time,” said Soderholm of dpa.
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