The German hockey national coach Stefan Kermas and Xavier Reckinger see the new FIH Pro League as an opportunity to promote young talent.
“Basically, I will use the first two trips to give many players the chance to show their internationality,” said the women’s team coach Reckinger
Men’s coach Kermas said they also face change in the team:
“The cancellation of a few experienced and world championship drivers gives younger players the opportunity to compete directly on international terrain and to gain important experience in the direction of Tokyo 2020 . ”
The League starts for both teams on February 10 in Hobart against Australia, followed by games against New Zealand in Christchurch (February 15) and against Argentina in Buenos Aires (February 22).
The schedule provides for all participants eight away and eight home games in the first half of the year.
The German home matches take place at the end of April in Mönchengladbach and in May and June in Krefeld.
The women’s squad:
Goal: Julia Ciupka (Rot-Weiss Cologne), Nathalie Kubalski (Düsseldorfer HC)
Field: Hannah Gablac, Hanna Granitzki, Kira Horn (all Club at the Alster), Elisa Gräve, Alisa Vivot (both Düsseldorfer HC), Rebecca Grote (Rot-Weiss Cologne), Franzisca Hauke (Harvestehuder THC), Nike Lorenz, Cecile Pieper , Sonja Zimmermann (all Mannheim HC), Pia Maertens (Club Raffelberg), Teresa Martin Pelegrina, Lena Micheel, Janne Müller-Wieland, Charlotte Stapenhorst (all UHC Hamburg), Nina Notman (SV Kampong), Maike Schaunig (Uhlenhorst Mülheim), Amelie Wortmann (Großflottbeker THGC)
The men’s squad:
Goal: Victor Aly (Rot-Weiss Cologne), Tobias Walter (KHC Dragons / Belgium)
Field: Anton Boeckel, Dieter Linnekogel (both Club at the Alster), Niklas Bosserhoff, Timm Herzbruch, Julius Meyer, Ferdinand Weinke, Lukas Windfeder (all Uhlenhorst Mülheim), Florian Fuchs (HC Bloemendaal / Netherlands), Mats Grambusch, Tom Grambusch, Johannes Große, Marco Miltkau, Christopher Rühr (all Rot-Weiss Cologne), Teo Hinrichs (Mannheim HC), Mathias Müller, Constantin Staib (both Hamburg Polo Club), Moritz Rothländer (TSV Mannheim), Niklas Wellen (Crefelder HTC)