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Germany/Allemagne

Team Summary/Sommaire d'Équipe

Did you know?

…that Gunther Sabetzki, former president of the IIHF, formed Germany’s first women’s hockey league in 1982 in North-Rhine Westfalia

The Germans placed sixth at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City following a 5-0 loss to Russia in the placement games section of that pre-eminent tournament. This past season they played the Swiss four times in exhibition games, winning one, losing one, and tying two. The lineup in Halifax will be remarkably similar to the Olympic roster, which could mean either another middle-of-the-pack performance (because of stagnation) or a superior result (because of experience and development). As is so often the case, the Germans will rely on their goalie, Stephanie Wartosch-Kuerten, who was their best player at Salt Lake City. Her backup will be 24-year-old Esther Thyssen, and of the seven defencemen for Germany at this year’s Worlds, six played in 2002. The only newcomer is Thyssen’s sister, Rachel. Up front, the Germans will be bringing seven regulars from the Olympics, led by Michaela Lanzl, but they will be without their top scorer from that tournament, Maritta Becker. They have two players who are playing hockey in Canada—Raffaela Wolf (Oakville Ice) and rookie Denise Soesilo (Calgary). Other returning forwards include Bettina Evers, Nina Ritter, Anja Scheytt, Julia Wierscher, and Claudia Grundmann. Joining Soesilo as newcomers to international competition are Nina Gall, Susann Goetz, and Franziska Busch.

Rosters/Alignements
# Player S/C Ht. Wt.
Birthdate
2003-04 Team
# Joueuse L/C T. P.
Naissance
Équipe 2003-04
Goaltenders/Gardiennes de but
13
Wartosch-Kuerten, Stephanie
L/G
172
68
11/13/78
TV Kornwestheim
31
Harrer, Viona
L/G
167
53
11/5/86
ESC Planegg-Würmtal
22
Thyssen, Esther
L/G
167
67
7/31/79
Grefrather EC 2000
Defence/Défense
4
Schreckenbach, Jana
L/G
172
63
7/8/82
Mannheimer ERC
7
Thyssen, Rachel
L/G
162
65
7/20/81
Grefrather EC 2000
8
Ziegenhals, Nina
L/G
167
60
5/23/82
BSU /Bemidji State /USA
19
Oswald, Christina
L/G
172
78
7/26/73
SC Riessersee
20
Linde, Nina
R/D
166
58
6/10/80
Frankfurt Lions
23
Kruck, Sabrina
L/G
167
61
11/3/81
SC Riessersee
24
Fruehwirt, Stephanie
L/G
166
64
7/22/80
TV Kornwestheim
Forwards/Avants
9
Wolf, Raffaela
L/G
169
65
6/20/78
Oakville Ice, NWHL /CAN
10
Rumswinkel, Sandra
L/G
177
72
8/13/77
ESC Planegg-Würmtal
12
Goetz, Susan
L/G
164
62
12/14/82
OSC Berlin Schöneberg
14
Scheytt, Anja
L/G
174
72
12/5/80
OSC Berlin Schöneberg
15
Ritter, Nina
R/D
168
61
1/26/81
Hamburger SV
16
Soesilo, Denise
L/G
168
59
5/10/87
Calgary / CAN
17
Seiler, Sara
L/G
169
61
1/25/83
HC Lyss /SUI
21
Lanzl, Michaela
L/G
161
58
2/21/83
HC Lugano /SUI
25
Busch, Franziska
L/G
163
57
10/20/85
WSV Braunlage
26
Gall, Nina
L/G
160
54
4/20/83
WSV Braunlage
29
Grundmann, Claudia
L/G
177
63
4/22/76
OSC Berlin Schöneberg
66
Evers, Bettina
L/G
167
68
8/17/81
WSV Braunlage
71
Wierscher, Julia
L/G
168
66
5/10/71
Bergkamen
81
Becker, Maritta
L/G
168
61
3/11/81
HC Lugano / SUI

Staff/Personnel
Manager/Gérant : Aurelia Vonderstrass
Head Coach/Entraîneur-chef : Peter Kathan
Assistant Coach/Entraîneur adjoint : Dieter Reinartz
Doctor/Médecin : Dr. Meinhard Balensiefen
Physiotherapist/Physiothérapeute : Norbert Grundmann
Equipment/Équipement : Josef Kotz
For more information:
Kalli Quinn Director, Female National Teams | Équipes nationales féminines