Ice hockey has a long history in Germany, with the first recorded match having been played in Berlin in 1897. In 1910, Germany played their first international game, a 1-0 loss to Great Britain in Switzerland.
Germany's greatest achievement in ice hockey came in February 2018 when they surprised the pundits by winning the silver medal in the Olympic tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Germany's top professional league is the 14-team Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
The Ice Hockey World Championship had been slated to open this weekend, but then came COVID-19. Still the eyes of the hockey world remain on Switzerland, where for the first time a woman has been named GM of a pro team.
With the Stanley Cup playoffs and the World Championship, May should have been the best part of the ice hockey season. The coronavirus has put the sport on hold during a very positive period for the game in Germany.
The coronavirus outbreak, has been disrupting the sporting calendar in Asia for some time, but now it's affecting Italian football. German sports officials say they are closely monitoring the situation.
The 2019 Ice Hockey World Championship is being held in Slovakia. Germany's new head coach, Toni Söderholm, spoke to DW about his team's strengths and weaknesses heading into his first major tournament.
It's been a year since Germany's ice hockey team won silver at the Winter Olympics. Since then, forward Dominik Kahun has moved on to the Chicago Blackhawks. He spoke to DW about the Olympics and the leap to the NHL.