The German qualifiers are up
by Christian Bellinger/Alexander Maier
The German national team has caused a hockey hype in the past years and the fans can build up the euphoria at the 2020 IIHF Esports Fan Championship.
Ice hockey has always been one of the most popular sports in Germany. While in the past many small traditional clubs set the tone in the national leagues, today the ice hockey strongholds of the DEL are located in the big cities all over the country. However, the nation's talent is still to be found in numerous smaller teams. With three exceptions, the national team has been playing in the top-level World Championship since 1976. Led by Dominic Kahun, who later joined the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL, Germany sensationally won the silver medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, creating a real hockey hype in their own country. Sixth place at the World Championship the following year also underlined the ambitions of the German team. Now the large number of supporters also want to prove themselves in an international competition at the 2020 IIHF Esports Fan Championship.
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On Thursday - a public holiday in Germany - one national representative each on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be determined from 5 PM (UTC +2). Every NHL™ 20 player with German citizenship who is at least 16 years old and currently living in Europe is eligible to participate. The search is on for a high-quality duo that can represent their home country in the playoffs against the 15 other World Championship nations. In addition to the Russians, with whom Germany still has a score to settle after the sudden death defeat in the Olympic final, the neighbours from Switzerland will also take part in the Championship. So there is a lot at stake for the German fans. In addition to the chance to represent Leon Draisaitl, Philipp Grubauer & Co. on the virtual ice, the two qualifier winners will each receive two tickets to a preliminary-round game of Germany at the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, 100 euros prize money and an individual IIHF Esports Fan Championship puck.