Happy New Year!

On the eve of the new year and looking back, 2018 certainly proved to be one of the most exciting and monumental years for the Vikings. There were a lot of ups and downs with wins and losses, injuries, parties, birthdays, meetings, players coming and going, family tragedies, weddings, newborn babies, and an unknown number of get-togethers that proved that no matter the situation, the Vikings stick together and is a great family! We could write a book about this past year but many of the stories can be found on our site and especially spoken about when you come to spend some time with us.

One Major change is that the Vikings have grown to FOUR teams! BLACK, RED, WHITE, and GRAY. More on this later…

After the holiday break of 2017/2018, the Vikings came back strong for the second halves of their seasons. The  2017/2018 DPL season ended with both of our competitive teams finding their ways to the finals. With the support of a busload of Vikings, BLACK and RED made the trip to Eppleheim to battle for their respective 1st and 4th Division titles. Despite their efforts and cheering from our supporters, both teams came up short. There is definitely something to prove this season.

As for the RMHL, the Vikings BLACK won for the fourth consecutive season with a dominant game over the Mainzer Wölfe.

This year, the 2nd annual Battle for Henkel 3v3 tournament had a huge showing! Ten teams signed up with a total of 41 skaters. It was a great time with music, good hockey and some snacks. We can’t wait to do it again next year.

The 26th Annual Armed Forces Alpine Classic in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was a great time as always. We brought three teams, BLACK, RED, and WHITE. Coming back to Wiesbaden without any titles was a huge bummer, but the Vikings had a very memorable time. The annual Saturday night dinner brought all three teams together followed by a final hoorah at peaches and the very long ride back home. We have already signed up for next year’s tournament, this time bring all 4 teams!!!

The summer time kept many of the Vikings busy, playing in both the Regionalliga as well as the RMHL. There were practices and games almost every week, making it a great chance for guys to stay fit during the off season.

The annual golf outing allowed our superstars to show off their skills outside of the rink. The Vikes played a round at the Rheinblick Golf Course, realizing for the first time in history that Canadians can golf!

For the second year, with the organization by David Leska, we took a team trip to an ice hockey training camp in Pisek, Czech Republic. This year, to avoid the stressors of driving, 37 vikings took the bus for a four day trip to kick off the season.  There was intense daily training and stickhandling drills geared towards getting the Vikes ready for winter. Included were 3 meals each day, a top team match against the Kuwaiti National team, a beer fest in the city center, and a great team dinner. We will be re-visiting Pisek again next year.

 “Oh Captain, my Captain”

-Walt Whitman

More ice time is a never ending goal, and with our Captain’s realization that a Friday night slot opened up, came the birth of the Wiesbaden Pond Hockey Liga (WPHL). Twelve teams of five players have been assembled by mixing skaters from each of the four Vikings teams. The WPHL has seen tremendous success so far with four tournaments having been played in 2018. This gives players of all levels to skate with and against each other.

The team held annual elections at Brauhaus Kastel voting on an expanded board, appointing volunteers and providing an update on club activities. The board meets on a monthly basis to discuss all club matters. One thing that has been in discussion for some time is the new rink in Wiesbaden. Jan 22nd 2019 is the next milestone. Rink planners from all over Europe will show their first plans to a very small group of people, where Hans Schmidt will have the chance to give his experience to the City for the future rink.

The 2018/2019 Season Kick-off-BBQ was a huge success, bringing lots of the players and family members together for a day of fun-filled activities, great food, and the celebration of Luke’s birthday. HUGE thanks to Frankie for organizing that great day. 

Also, we have secured lots of practice ice this year with at least three ice times in Wiesbaden each week and with the addition of so many new skaters, we were able to build a fourth (GRAY) team, which practices each week and also plays in friendly games. GRAY’s first EVER game was a 4-2 win against the Stuttgart Mustangs. White was granted access to the DPL this season and have given teams a lot of trouble in their short time in the league. They had a slow start to the season but have already taken a huge win against the Lightnings Wiesloch.

This year’s Christmas party had a great turnout. We had around 100 guests to include players, families, and friends. The night was eventful with toasts, a delicious buffet, live music from our very own Yannik Suhre on the ukulele, Danny D. on vocals and the kick-ass band from Kaiserslautern, Roll n’ Rock.  There were door prizes, plenty of dancing, the traditional coaster toss and, of course, the mid-season boat race championship. For the first time ever, BLACK has taken the reigns as boat race champions!

Thank you everyone who has supported us this year. Friends, fans, and especially our families who prove day in and day out to have our backs as we take part of something we have so much passion for.  Being an international team has its up and downs and it’s definitely tough having to say goodbye to some great teammates. We hope that your memories as a Viking will stay with you forever and you will spread the word about this great club.

Once a Viking, always a Viking

Happy New Year!!!

GVG!!!

Weekly Round Up 11/19 – 11/25

The Vikings had another busy week!

WHITE took the long ride to Eppleheim for two DPL games. On Thursday,
November 21st, they faced off against the Adler. They fought hard, but in the
end they fell 6:2. The following Sunday, November 25th, they had an early
wake-up with an 0700 game against the Blind Eagles. Again, the boys played
hard, but a slow start cost them and they lost 6:1. Although the boys came
empty-handed both times, we are proud of the effort and hard work that these
guys are putting in. The wins will come

 BLACK also played two games, both in the RMHliga.  On 18 November they faced
Aschaffenburg under the lights in Wiesbaden.  The game ended with a BLACK 17:3
win, but the game was fairly and cleanly played by both teams making it a fun
experience.  BLACK laced them up again in Mainz on November 25th against the
Mainz Wolfe U20 squad.  The young guys from Mainz played hard and fast, but
the experienced BLACK group was too much in the end and our boys secured a
10:3 win.

The WPHL also concluded its second night of league play with teams 7-12
getting their first opportunity for league play.  This league is even better
than anticipated and we look forward to the rest of this season and to growing
the league in seasons to come.

Week 2 Results
Standings as of Week 2

 Unlike some other men’s league teams, the Vikings spend just as much time
training as they do participating in league games.  With three practices this
past week, the improvements can be seen across the board on all levels. We
have an incredible opportunity in front of us and we’ll keep taking advantage
of all of the ice time that is available!

        GVG!!

DPL Kickoff: A First, a Win, and a Whooping

 The DPL season is underway and for the first time, the Vikings have sent 
three teams to play in what is considered to be the top hobby league in 
Germany. Vikings BLACK, RED, and WHITE play in Div1, Div4, and Div5, 
respectively.

WHITE lead the charge, making the late night 100 + km drive to battle with 
the Wiesloch Old Stars. The team fought hard and almost came out with a win en 
route to a 3:4 loss in their very first league game

http://www.wiesbaden-vikings.
com/white-kicked-off-the-
vikings-dpl-season-with-a-nailbiter

Here’s what their captain Andre Beem had to say about the performance: 

“This 
was the first league game ever for WHITE and you could feel the excitement. 
Though we can do a lot better, this was a great point to start from and we 
showed everybody ‘VIKINGS WHITE’ has arrived!”

Next up was RED playing in Wiesloch. After a painful loss in the DPL 
finals last season, the team came out flying with something to prove. Rob 
Painter started things off with an early goal and then the floodgates opened. 
They kept the pressure throughout the game and came home with a nice 11:1 win, 
making it a happy drive back to Wiesbaden. Of note, the Vikings only penalty 
came from none other than the big Czech teddy bear David Leska. He’s so big 
that one touch sends guys flying. Hannah Pedersen got the start in net and 
only let in one goal in her first DPL game.  Josh Haas tallied three points 
with two goals and an assist while also playing in his first DPL game. Great 
job, RED!

Then came BLACK who played in Heddesheim on the foggy outdoor rink…It was a 
season-opening matchup of the two of the top teams of 2017/2018 DPL 1 season. 
The Heddesheim Flames came out with half the town on the bench, while the 
Vikings were shorthanded as several players were enjoying an extended summer 
vacation.  The opening period ended 6:0 in favor of the Flames, but the 
Vikings stepped up their game in the second and third period. The final score 
was an eye-opening 3:11.  It was a rough one and an early reminder that DPL 1 
is top tier hockey. But we’ll see them again in January on our home ice!

There is a lot of hockey coming up. Stay tuned!!

GVG!!

Team White kicked off the Viking’s DPL Season with a nailbiter

 

 After more than twelve months of hard work with countless drills the historical moment finally came when Team White was ready to go for its first DPL game ever facing the Old Stars in Wiesloch! And White started like they have never done anything else. After a couple of minutes they lost their jumpiness and took over the control of the action. The Vikings skated hard and brought their speed on the ice. Then it was Johannes Roch who brought the Vikings on the board: 1-0 Vikes!!! Only 25 seconds later Brian Smith put it on 2-0 for the Vikings. Goalie Björn Herrmann Beggert showed some great saves and made sure the Viking took the lead into the first intermission. After less than a minute played in the second period Brian Smith’s second goal of the night made Team White dream of a perfect start into the season: 3-0. But the Old Stars stroke back immediately and scored their first goal of the game. This goal changed the momentum in favor for the home team and the Old Stars scored two more goals to tie the game at the end of the second period. A quick Powerplay goal at the beginning of the third period brought the first lead of the night for the Old Stars. In the following minutes the game became a real nailbiter with scoring chances on both ends of the ice. But the drama reached its climax when Headcoach Scott Köckritz called a timeout, set the lines for the the final minutes and pulled the goalie. And the Vikings came with force trying to get the well deserved equalizer. Unfortunately the puck didn’t find its way into the net and a great fight ended with a 3-4 loss. Despite not knowing about the own strength combined with the excitement of the first DPL-game ever the team showed a great effort and proved that these guys can compete in this league. It also has to be mentioned that the Wiesloch Old Stars showed great sportsmanship and never gave up in a hard-fought but fair game. While having some after-game-freshies both teams made plans to meet again in the playoffs…

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!

 

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.

The Battle for Henkell – 1st Pond Hockey tournament

“The kings of Henkell”


 It was a day of fun, comradery, and competition. On Saturday, March 4th, 2017 the Wiesbaden Vikings held the inaugural “Battle for Henkell (both the Eisbahn and the champagne). Over 60 players, family members, and friends of the Vikings attended the 3-on-3 Pond Hockey tournament. After three hours of non-stop action, the team of Malak, Besenoff, Murphy, and McConnell defeated the TC, Parekh, Hartmann, Kalusek team in sudden-death overtime. It was an exciting finish to an outstanding day. We’d like to give a special shout-out and thank you to all the families and players that donated their time, food, drinks, and effort in putting together this tournament.

“The Vikings Family”