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.
Marco Sturm has reinvigorated German ice hockey, topping it all off by winning a silver medal in Pyeongchang. The DEB is right to let him pursue his NHL dreams, but it now faces a crucial decision, writes Chuck Penfold.
Switzerland came agonisingly close to a maiden Ice Hockey World Championships win but fell at the final hurdle again. A shootout victory for Sweden sealed their fourth title since 2013 and their tenth overall.
Germany suffered a fifth defeat at the Ice Hockey World Championship, losing to Latvia 3-1 in Denmark. With two games to play, they are now on the outside looking in as they try to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Germany entered their fourth game at the Ice Hockey World Championship in Denmark knowing they needed their first win to keep their hopes alive of reaching the quarterfinals. They had little trouble with South Korea.