December has been an exciting time for the Vikings full of lots of action.
On December 4th the Vikings BLACK took a tough 4:5 loss in the DPL to the Export Rangers in Eppleheim. They were up going into the third period but took the foot off the gas, resulting in a comeback from the home team. This puts BLACK in a 0-2 start for the DPL1. The boys know it’s time to re-focus and re-group in January to make a push for the playoffs.
December 9th proved to be a tough day for RED They took the long drive to Waldbron to play the Huskies, coming up short, losing 2:3. A few days later they were able to come up with a big win against the Darmstadt Homis on home ice in Wiesbaden.
The 4th night of the WPHL was held on December 14th and was eventful as always. Teams 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 got together and battled hard. Team 4, The Don Cherry Poppers, were the stars of the night coming up with 3 wins. These Friday evenings are great to keep the legs moving, to refine your skills and to play with skaters from all skill levels.
The annual Vikings Christmas party on December 15th at the Ratskeller in Wiesbaden rocked! 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! They will have a chance to defend their title on February 16th in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It was a wild night filled with laughter, great conversation and an endless flow of cold beverages. The Viking family showed up strong. Check out this beauty of a video shot and edited by Patrick and Timur.
From our family to yours, the Wiesbaden Vikings wish you a Merry Christmas. Frohe Weihnachten!
Last week was HUGE for the Vikings. After several long trips down south, WHITE won their first ever game in the DPL 5, against the Lightnings Wiesloch, with a dramatic 3rd period comeback. Down 1-4 after 2 periods, the Vikes charged to score 4 goals in the 3rd. The final goal started with capped a ringer off the post by Captain Beemer and finished off when Chris ” Michael Phelps” Hartnett picked up the rebound, scoring the game-winner and getting a well deserved hat-trick! Steve Meyer described his captain as “…going full beast mode”. Beemer had something to say about that; “…When we scored the first goal in the 3rd it was like the whole team switched on Berserk Mode!! Everyone pushed the team and the team pushed everyone! Coming back like this shows what great mentality this team has. I can’t be more proud!
Friday night was the 3rd installment of the Wiesbaden Pond Hockey League (WPHL) and again it was a big hit! 30 skaters enjoyed another great evening of friendly pond hockey under the Henkell lights. You can feel the excitement growing more and more each week! Most teams designed their own logos and ordered jerseys and as the season progresses, you can start seeing all of the new jerseys being proudly worn by the teams.
On Saturday the GRAY team opened up their first inaugural season game against the Stuttgart Mustangs. It was a great morning for hockey! The Vikings team came out strong dominating the Mustang’s defensive zone but with a lucky break, the Mustangs struck first. The Vikings answered back quickly. Fernando “Fern” Collado held his own as the Mustang’s attempted to savagely take him out of the game, causing a distraction in front of their net allowing Strouth to even the score and close the first period at 1:1!
The Vikings came out strong in the second period with great puck possession and movement. This allowed the Mustangs to be out of position and a beautiful goal by Jannick “Pauly” Paluschtik followed by another snipe from Pauly increasing the lead to 3:1 at the end of the second.
The third period proved to be a period of adjustments for the Vikings. Early in the period, Fern suffered an injury causing a quick shuffle in the line up; however, he was able to return and play through the pain. The Vikings also received a penalty later in the period on a very weak call from the refs but Michelle ‘Bullet Train’ Grecco led the penalty kill team to hold the Mustangs from scoring. The Mustangs were able to get another lucky bounce and score bringing the count to 3:2 Vikings. Will was able to end the Mustang’s chances by firing the puck in the back of the net bringing the game to 4:2. The Vikings held the lead by strong defensive plays from their Captain Frank ‘Caramel Beauty’ Moncada and Segi, and of course Joe “the picket fence” White. Great and exciting win for the GRAY team. Huge thanks to Jeffrey “goalie cut” Barrish for proving us wrong and showing us that he actually can tell time! Scorekeeper of the year award goes to….
To finish off the week, Vikings RED drove to Mannheim on Sunday to face the Tower Warriors II at the SAP arena and WHITE drove to Waldbronn to battle the Huskies III. Before the game, the Tower Warriors II and Vikings Red were the only two undefeated teams in. The game started at a really high pace with both teams trying to get on the score sheet early. Only 3 minutes in, the Viking’s captain scored the first goal. Even Though the Vikings were up a goal the game the game was pretty even played. After the second period, the score was 2:1. Whatever happened between period two and three really sparked the Vikings. Even though they were short-handed for five minutes in the third period, they scored four consecutive goals and secured the 6:1 win, overcoming the early, and 1 hour drive to stay undefeated in DPL 4 with a record of 3-0. WHITE had a few too many gluhweins on Saturday and were a bit sluggish, falling 1-6 and enduring that long ride home!
The Wiesbaden Pond Hockey League(WPHL) kicked off this past Friday night under the bright lights of the Henkel Eisbahn. Six of the league’s twelve teams got together to battle for first-night bragging rights. It was a huge success, with approximately 30 skaters, lots of sweat, laughter, and tired legs!
The WPHL presents to you…your 2018/2019 Teams!
Each week, six teams will get together to play 3 – 15-minute games, cross-ice. The rink is split up by the three zones so that three games can be played simultaneously. Each team will play 15 games over the course of a 10 week season.
When asked about the idea of starting a pond hockey league, Viking Chairman Luke Rose commented “We have over 100 players in the club, so when we had the opportunity to have ice on Friday we needed a way to give all of our players a chance to use the ice. Our liga allows a lot of players to be on the ice and active at the same time. 62 Vikings signed up to play and we’ve already received requests from teams in Frankfurt and Mannheim to join. The first night was an enormous success and it’s only going to grow from here.”
Why pond hockey?
As a young hockey player, if you have the privilege of growing up in a place with cold winters, pond hockey is a winter tradition. There is nothing like lacing up the skates and playing outdoors. It’s a fun, exciting atmosphere where you are able to practice your skills and get a workout that will punish you for several days. Stopping and starting in the close quarters will not only make you have to think fast but also provide a unique opportunity to improve your game in a situation without too many rules.
You can find the WPHL at the Henkel Eisbahn in Wiesbaden every Friday night at 2115 throughout winter!
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!
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?
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!
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!
And how about that video, eh? Timur is a beast with the edit! Thanks Timur and Segi for capturing the madness!