Cortina to lead Germany
Posted by Salman Mitha
Posted in Ice Hockey
Olympiapark, Munich – Pat Cortina was formally introduced as the new national coach of the German ice hockey team earlier this month.
He will switch back-and-forth between his new role and his current responsibility as head coach of EHC Red Bull München for the remainder of the Germany hockey league season. He will also become the hockey federation’s Sports Director at the beginning of 2013.
The 48-year-old signed a contract with the Deutscher Eishockey-Bund (DEB) that lasts till the end of the 2014-15, taking him through to the next Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Qualification for the 22nd edition of the games will take place February, 7-10, 2013 in Bietigheim-Bissingen, a city just north of Stuttgart. But before then, Cortina will have a chance to take the reins of the team during the Deutschland Cup, a mini-tournament taking place in Munich from November 9-11.
Germany will host two teams who played in last year’s tournament, Cup holders Slovakia and Switzerland who finished third. Current Olympic gold medal winners Canada will round out the teams. Germany finished second last year.
Last year, Germany beat the Swiss 4-2, but lost to the eventual Cup winners Slovakia 6-3. The last time Canada played in this event was 2010, they lost to the hosts 4-3 and finished third.
Cortina will take on this new role after attracting attention as the head man of the Munich ice hockey team. He joined the club in 2008, and two years later, led them to the top flight of professional ice hockey, the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) and led them into the playoffs in the first year. Last season, they missed the playoffs in the final week.
The Canadian-born coach has had international experience, leading Hungary into a role in international ice hockey during his time from 2003-2009. He was also the head man of Italy
The Deutschland Cup will take place at the Olympic Ice Stadium from November 9-11, 2012. Tickets for the following matches available at www.muenchenticket.de
Friday November 9th
Switzerland vs. Slovakia, 16:00 CET
Germany vs. Canada, 19:45 CET
Saturday November 10th
Germany vs. Switzerland, 16:15 CET
Slovakia vs. Canada, 19:45 CET
Sunday November 11th
Switzerland vs. Canada, 13:00 CET
Slovakia vs. Germany, 16:45 CET