Nico Sturm is the eighth German to fight for the Stanley Cup

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Sturm is the eighth German to fight for the Stanley Cup

While most Europeans are asleep, the professional leagues in North America are bustling. What happened that night in American football, basketball, and ice hockey.

Ice Hockey: Nico Storm and a Stanley Cup Chance

Nico Sturm, born in Augsburg, is the eighth German ice hockey player to have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. The 27-year-old forward reached the final series with the Colorado Avalanche, where Denver meets either the New York Rangers or defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning.

So far, the cup has been won by Uwe Krupp, who even shot the Colorado Avalanche to win the title in 1996. He was followed in 2011 by Dennis Seidenberg with the Boston Bruins and Tom Kunkel in 2016 and 2017 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philip Grobauer in 2018 with the Washington Capitals.

Olaf Kolzig, Christoph Schubert and Christian Erhof also had a chance to win. Kolzig lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the final series with the Washington Capitals in 1998, while Schubert lost to the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 with the Ottawa Senators. Erhoff lost the German duel against Seidenberg with the Vancouver Canucks in 2011.

The start of the Finals Series depends on the outcome of the semi-finals between Rangers and Lightning.

Hockey: The Lightning tied in the National Hockey League playoffs – second win over New York Rangers

Defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning tied 2-2 against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Ice Hockey League Finals. In Game Four of the series in Best of Seven mode, the ice hockey team won 4-1 in front of its home crowd in Florida on Tuesday night (local time). Both teams won the previous two matches at home. The team needs four wins to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The defending champions of the last two years took the lead in the third minute through Pat Maron and then did not give up the lead. The series’ fifth duel will take place in New York Thursday night (local time) before returning to Tampa for Game Six Saturday night (local time).

The Rangers last played the Stanley Cup in 2014. 20 years ago they won the title for the last time. In the final series, the Eastern Conference winner against the Colorado Avalanche revolves around Nico Storm of Augsburg, who won the Western Conference Final with four wins in four games against the Edmonton Oilers over Leon Drystel.

Ice Hockey: Boston Bruins commit to Weisman

Thanks to his strong performance at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland, national player Kai Weissman was awarded a contract with the Boston Bruins. The defender from German champions Isbern Berlin will receive a one-year entry contract from the six-time Stanley Cup winner. The Bruins announced on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old from Villingen Schwenningen, who scored two goals and made five assists in the World Cup, will receive $825,000. For Eisbären, with whom he successfully defended the German Ice Hockey League (DEL) title this year, Weissmann scored 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists) in 55 matches in the main role. They added seven (1 goal, 6 assists) in the playoffs.

Football: The Broncos NFL team has found buyers – the league still has to agree

The Denver Broncos NFL Team is about to be sold to its new owners. The football franchise announced this in a tweet on Tuesday evening (local time). Assuming the league’s approval, the Broncos could be owned by a group of investors led by billionaire Rob Walton, son of Walmart founder Sam Walton, as early as July. The American media expects that the sale price of the Bronco will be higher than the sale price of Chelsea Football Club, which was recently sold to a group of American investors for the equivalent of about five billion euros.

Pat Pullen, owner of Longtime Broncos, passed away in 2019. His sons were unable to agree on a successor and decided to sell him last year. The other owners of the NFL teams must agree to the deal with the Rob Walton Group.

Basketball: Derek Fisher Leaves Los Angeles Sparks

Five-time NBA champion Derek Fisher is no longer the coach and general manager of the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA Women’s Basketball Association. The club and the 47-year-old agreed to separate after 12 games of the season.

Fisher, who won all his NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers along with basketball legend Kobe Bryant, has been the head coach since December 2018. The former point guard became manager just two years later. Sparks are eighth among 12 teams with seven losses.

(RP/SID/dpa)

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