Pisek Ice Hockey Camp 2018

The Vikings just returned home from an unbelievable four-day training camp in Pisek, Czech Republic. It was exactly what was needed to get the 2018/2019 season off on the right foot. On Thursday morning, two groups consisting of 33 skaters, 3 goalies, and a gimp, loaded on the bus in Wiesbaden for the eight-hour ride to our temporary home. You could feel the excitement. Let’s just say it wasn’t so quiet. Upon arrival, with just enough time to grab dinner and then get on the ice, group A kicked things off with the first skate immediately followed by group B. Fresh Czech pilsners were then enjoyed at the Island Bar, right across from the hotel. This is where everything changed…we got word that there was a local beer fest..more to follow.

To avoid starvation, each day the Vikes were supplied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Early morning, group skates and off ice stick handling drills were great as you could see everyone focused and determined to improve their game. As the coaches gathered the skaters by the boards, you could sense the confusion as they tried to explain the upcoming drills. Of course, after a quick tutorial everyone caught on quickly! Off the ice, one of the highlights was when Jannik was challenged by a coach to shoot a puck from the stands to a net on the ice. The coach tried three times, while Palu sent it in on the first try!  Jason and Dan also followed suit with some sweet shots from the stands!

Sniper!

A ten minute walk to the beer fest was a beer league hockey players heaven; delicious beer, great music, and tons of food!

Day three was a big day. Morning skates, tennis matches, and the Vikings first ever game at an international level. Group A battled against the Kuwait National Ice Hockey team, with each of the three goalies getting a period of play.  The cheers of “Go Vikings Go” and “Obama – Zu Spät, die Hesse Komme” is imagined to be heard all the way from the beer fest! It was a great, hard fought game, resulting in a 8-6 loss by the Vikings. Not bad for our first international game, eh?

Wiesbaden vs. Kuwait

The team dinner in the city was was a blast. The food was delicious, and there is nothing like ordering 37 beers at once!  The beer fest was fun, the music was awesome, but to top it all off was the 2nd Annual (extremely safe) River Race. The contenders this year were Yannick, Axel, Chris, and William. Chris took the victory this year in a tight race leaving everyone speechless!

“To the Beer Fest!”

The team headed back to the beer fest for last call …. and everyone made it home safe.

Many woke up ready for the morning skate as we prepared to our return home. Some got dressed and then immediately undressed, realizing that this would not just be a fun scrimmage. These coaches were no joke!

 As you might imagine, the bus ride home was very quiet. Lots of great memories. Lots of pain, sweat, and laughter. This is the greatest hockey club in the world.

Last but not least, this was the final trip for our buddy Shane, who’s first game was a shoutout in Assenheim and who’s last game was a 17 out of 20 minute shoutout against the Kuwaiti  National hockey team. Shane’s dedication to the Vikings over the past two years helped us secure a Garmish Championship as well as have many hangovers. Thank you Sarah for allowing him to get wild with us! We will miss you, buddy!

This trip will happen again next year. Don’t miss it!

GVG!

2018/2019 Season Kick-Off event

 

It’s that that time of year again!

The Vikings are ready to get the 2018/2019 ice season rolling. Despite several obstacles, the Viking family came together in a major way on Saturday to kick off the new season.

“No grilling” they said. Well, we took care of that!

Over 70 players, friends and family members showed up with food, drinks, and games – assuring a day full of good eating, laughter, and entertainment. We welcomed new players to the club, said farewell to Dick Shaver – a guy who’s contributions to this team extend way past his efforts on the ice, and even celebrated the birthday of our fearless leader and founder, Luke!

 

HUGE Thank You to Frankie and everyone else who helped pull this off. It was truly a special day!

The ice season officially kicks off this weekend in Limburg and the following week we have a bus full of Vikings headed to the annual training camp in the Czech Republic. There is a lot of excitement in the air and it’s easy to see why.

If this kick off event was a reflection of this upcoming season, then it will surely be one for the record books!

GVG!

And how about that video, eh? Timur is a beast with the edit! Thanks Timur and Segi for capturing the madness!

Battle for Henkell 2018

Warm wet weather all week threatened this year’s annual “Battle for Henkell” pond hockey tournament, but the prayers to the hockey gods were answered and the weather cooperated to allow for amazing day of pond hockey with friends and family.  A total of 56 players from the Vikings battled for several hours to determine who would be the “Kings of Henkell,” but the highlight of the day was getting everyone together for a few drinks and a few laughs, and enjoying this great hockey family.  The games were competitive and intense, and some blood was spilt, but when the dust settled it was Sons of Penalty who would be crowned as kings, with the Lumberchecks in second and The Fighting Uff Das in third.  A special thanks to Henkell for their generous support and donation of several bottles of sekt, to include the largest bottle of sekt that most people have ever seen.  And also thank you to all those who came early and stayed late to help support and make this day possible.  GVG, and OBAMA!

 

Vikings Teams Finish DPL Regular Season in First Place

Both of the Vikings DPL teams have completed their DPL regular seasons on top of the standings in their respective divisions. Wiesbaden Vikings BLACK finished first overall in DPL 1 for the first time since joining the league three years ago. Wiesbaden Vikings RED moved up to DPL 4 after winning DPL 5 last season and started the season by dropping their opening game.  However, they recovered nicely and finished on top of DPL 4. Both teams have earned first round byes which are welcomed as the club heads south to the Alps next week to participate in the annual Armed Forces Alpine Classic in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  They will begin the DPL semi-finals in March.

2017/2018 DPL Season Standings

Christmas Party 2017

Merry X-Mas !!!

110 Vikings, family, and friends converged on Der Andechser im Ratskeller in downtown Wiesbaden on the evening of December 16th to attend the club’s annual Christmas party bash.  The evening included delicious food, thoughtful toasts, a beer drinking contest, trivia with prizes provided by Hockeyshop Forster, and was capped by three hours of live music by the band Roll ‘n’ Rock.  Nights like this are why HC Wiesbaden is the best hockey club in the world!  GVG!

The boat race – Team Red winner 2017 !

Dave Harding

Team White 2017 / 2018

The Andechser – Ratskeller Wiesbaden

Successful start – Season 2017/2018

The season is here and off to a successful start.  On September 17th, the Vikings took to the ice for the first time this season.  The skate was for the Vikings 3rd team and new players trying out for the Vikings.  41 players and 8 trainers attended, filling up the ice.  Training has continued every Sunday at 1115 am in Limburg as we wait for the ice to come to Wiesbaden.  The city expect ice to be ready in Wiesbaden on 22 October at which time the Vikings will move operations to their home rink.
Interested in joining the Vikings this season?  Contact us at mail@wiesbaden-vikings to set up a try out.

Vikings finish Inline Regionalliga Süd in second place

Last Sunday the Vikings picked a bad day to be in bad shape – losing two games and missing the championship by 3 points.

In the first game of the day the Vikings faced second-seeded Herborn in a crucial match for this year’s Regionalliga championship – and lost 2-8 (2-4).
Either it was too early (8h30), too many skaters (a record high 9 Vikings) or just bad luck (4 goals against scored on deflections), but overall the Crocodiles deserved to win. They went up by two goals early, Wiesbaden getting back into the game by scoring two goals of their own in the first half – making it 1-2 and 2-3. But that was it for the Wiesbaden offense, as the Vikings were not able to score more goals in that game. Herborn played a solid game, converting many of their chances, creating goals from lucky bounces and cycling the puck for possession and with that win moved into first place of the standings, with a 2 points difference.

The Vikings absolutely needed a win in game two against Frankfurt to keep their chances alive to win the championship, but fell short again: 4-6 (2-3).
This game was much closer, Wiesbaden looking to take advantage of a short bench on Frankfurt’s side and the fact that they had back-to-back games. This worked in terms of puck control but somehow the puck did not end up in the net. Instead, the Mainprimaten capitalized on many of their chances and took the lead early in the game. Wiesbaden took many shots but needed far to many chances to score goals. Both teams traded goals over the course of the game, but Frankfurt kept the two-goal lead most of the time for the win.

In the next game of the day Herborn beat Kronberg in Overtime, therefore securing the Regionalliga title.

The game between Wiesbaden and the Crusaders was irrelevant for the standings but a nice finish to the inline season as the Vikings won 6-3 (2-2).
The win did not come easy – the Vikings were up 2-0 after five minutes but allowed two goals before the break. With one goal scored by each team within the first three minutes of the second period the game was tied 3-3 until the  last minute. Chris Bräuning scored the eventual game winner for another hattrick with 53 seconds left, the Crusaders in turn pulled their goalie and allowed another goal at 14:51. The remaining 9 seconds then were enough to score another goal on the rush at the buzzer.


Despite falling short in the championship race this summer was a lot of fun and also with some individual success, as Chris Bräuning captured this year’s scoring title with 31 points (21 G – 10 A).

Congratulations to Herborn for winning the Regionalliga this time – the Vikings will be back next year.

Vikings conclude day 4 with win against Kronberg

Day four of Regionalliga Süd exceptionally concluded on a Friday night – thanks to an invitation to Assenheim by the Kronberg Crusaders. Shane Steenberge was ready to play again and provided some nice saves in a 6-2 victory.

As expected it was an intense game as both teams had a chance to improve their position in the standings as the Crusaders were only 3 points behind the Vikings. Wiesbaden scored first on a breakaway six minutes into the game, but Kronberg continued to control the puck well, using all available space and clean breakouts to put pressure on the Vikings. This paid off as they were able to tie the game on a nice rotation in the Wiesbaden zone, then taking the lead two minutes later on a 2 on 1 breakaway. The Crusaders kept the foot on the gas but could not capitalize on their chances. Five minutes before the end of the first half Kronberg took two consecutive penalties which lead to a 4 on 2 powerplay. The Vikings scored the equalizer first and then – one minute later with one Crusader still in the penalty box – another goal to take a 3-2 lead. This gave Wiesbaden some momentum as they added one more tally before the break.

In the second half the Vikings defended well, kept their positions and kept control of the puck, not giving Kronberg many chances. Shane Steenberge addes some nice goaltending when needed and Wiesbaden scored two more goals for a 6-2 victory. Nick Stortini, Patrick Zell and Jason Malak each had four points.

The “third half” was a success for both teams – a big BBQ with burgers, hot dogs and some cold drinks was a well-deserved conclusion to a great gameday – thanks again to the Crusaders for the sportsmanship and for this great match!

The next Tournament will be played on Sunday, 6th of August in Frankfurt.

Outnumbered Vikings survive day 4 with two wins

This week’s tournament started a bit later as the rink was still wet and the drying took longer than expected.
This was also due to the fact that the Vikings were down to 4 skaters and a goalie for the day. Only with Hans Schmidt dressing as 5th skater the Vikings were able to start the game at all to meet league regulations.


The game against Herborn proved to be intense and close, Wiesbaden eventually getting a 1-0 victory.
The Vikings were forced to take a structured approach to the game, with a lot of passing, patience and proper breakouts. Surprisingly this was a new aspect to the Vikings game which turned out to work quite well. Jason Malak scored in the first period and the Vikings held on to the lead  for the rest of the game, successfully killing a penalty in the second half, securing the first shutout for Shane Steenberge.

The second game against Frankfurt was even in terms of personnel – as the Mainprimaten had a short bench as well. The result however was clearly in the Vikings’ favour, 6-2.
It started as a close game, the Vikings scoring first on the powerplay but conceding the equalizer halfway through the first period. A few shifts later Wiesbaden  got another goal, making it 2-1 at halftime.
Both teams were slightly low on energy but Frankfurt had played the game before and therefore struggled more to keep up their game. Wiesbaden scored two more goals early in the second half for a comfortable 4-1 lead. Although the Mainprimaten cut the lead in half temporarily, the Vikings went on to score two more goals, with Thomas Connell completing a hattrick for the final score of 6-2.

Late in that game Shane Steenberge took a blow to the head and neck in a collision with an opponent – forcing him out of game 3.  Wiesbaden was therefore unable to play the last game and the Kronberg Crusaders could have easily taken the points for free but decided that a real match would be much nicer. Therefore the match was postponed and will be played on Friday (20h45 in Assenheim). This is great sportsmanship – thank you, guys!!!

Last but not least a big THANK YOU goes out to Petra, Winnie, Marcel and Hansi for putting up with all the preparation work, running the game clock and helping us making it through this tournament. You guys rock!

Vikings win one, lose two on day three

On the 9th of July the Vikings played in their third Inline Regionalliga tournament, having difficult times with a really short bench – with 6 skaters only – and being without a “real” goalie. Patrick Zell – normally one of the leading Vikings scorers – had to dress as netminder. He did an outstanding job though, preventing many scoring chances despite not having played in net for years.

First, Herborn took advantage of the Vikings’ lineup, winning 6-0.
The game started well with a score of 0-1 at halftime, but Wiesbaden was not able to keep up the pace and fell apart during the second period.

In game two against Frankfurt the Vikings found the back of the net 5 times, winning that game 5-2.

Kronberg then won 5-1 in the last game, with exhausted Vikings not being able to cope with the heat, especially as the latter games were back to back.