National ice hockey coach Tony Soderholm expects reinforcements from the NHL, the North American professional league, for the upcoming World Cup.
“But the boys are very positive about the national team and they really want to play. But we also have to listen to the clubs. Still, I believe we will get some players from North America,” the Finn told MagentaSport. There is still a lot to be done that affects players in the NHL.
Seattle Kraken goalkeeper Philippe Grubauer recently indicated that he would be available for the World Cup. The Kraken have not qualified for the playoffs. The season is also over for Tim Stutzl of the Ottawa Senators and Moritz Cedars from the Detroit Red Wings after the main round.
Soderholm, who recently extended his contract with the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) until 2026, is looking to do better with the national team at the World Cup in his country from May 13 to 29 than at the Winter Olympics in Beijing. “We want to finish first in the quarter-finals,” the 43-year-old insisted. In China, DEB selection was abolished before the quarter-finals. “We all want to avenge the last tournament and we are concerned about it,” Soderholm said.
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