Felix Schütz, the most successful ice hockey player in the district of Erding, is leaving the DEL Club Adler Mannheim.
He doesn't yet know where he's going.
Mannheim / Erding - Adler Mannheim went into the ice hockey season as one of the top favorites and was the first to confidently complete the points round.
In the playoffs came the unexpected end in the semifinals with a 1: 2 home defeat in the third game against the Wolfsburg Grizzlys.
A shock for the Mannheimers and the Erdinger Felix Schütz, who wanted to get his first German championship title and is now leaving the Adler.
Mr. Schütz, how big was the disappointment after the end against Wolfsburg?
That was tough.
I never thought we'd lose the game.
We started like the fire brigade, and if we make it 2-0 after the 1-0 win - we had enough chances - then we'll probably win.
But that's just how sport is.
We ultimately failed to score goals.
In the dressing room, there was certainly the appropriate atmosphere.
We were all sad and shocked - including the entire coaching team around Pavel Gross.
We then tried to rebuild each other - which was very difficult, however, so immediately after we were eliminated.
What do you trust the Wolfsburgers, for whom your Erdinger special Vale Busch plays, now?
The decision will be made today.
They can definitely become masters.
They beat us and also won our first game in Berlin.
There is an unbelievable euphoria right now, and they are now on their way.
Even if they lost game two at home, I trust the grizzlies that they will win and take the title for the first time.
They warned against the best-of-three mode before the start of the playoffs.
Here, the outsider would more often prevail, while the best-of-five or best team prevailed.
Do you feel confirmed?
No other top league in the world plays best-of-three.
You should basically ask yourself: If you can't make the playoffs as usual, then maybe the best team should also be champions after the round of points.
The DEL argues that there was no time for longer playoffs, especially with the World Cup starting on May 21st.
At least a best-of-five could have been achieved.
Before the start of the playoffs, we had a week off.
Nobody knows why.
But no matter: We had the team to become champions, we just had to have scored the goals.
Speaking of the World Cup: national coach Toni Söderholm has recently received a few rejections from players who now prefer to be with their families than play a tournament.
Did you have a request?
In his early days I had a lot of contact with Toni, and I also played under him at the Deutschland Cup.
But recently the contact wasn't there anymore, and he didn't ask me specifically about the World Cup.
How are you doing now?
You will be leaving Mannheim.
I am thinking about ending my career at the moment.
But I have to think about everything for the first time next week.
It could also be that I take a break and go to Italy with my family for a year.
Now it is possible because the children are still small.
But you have to wait and see how the Corona continues.
Traveling is still difficult, but that may change.
What do you think of the rumor that you will play for EV Landshut next season?
I played for EVL at the beginning of this season and have been in contact with coach Leif Carlsson, with whom I get along very well.
The Landshut people are very interested, that's no secret.
But I definitely won't sign a contract with a club if I don't put my head and heart into it.
And when do you go out on the ice for the gladiators?
(laughs) I love Erding and I love the people in Erding.
But one thing would be clear to me: I would still be a professional and I would have to perform.
If you take it easy, you don't stand a chance in the Bayernliga either.
I just don't know if I could muster the energy there.
But I could imagine working as a trainer, manager or sports director in Erding.
I wouldn't mind.
What I would also enjoy: helping to build something bigger here in my home country.
You never know what the future will bring.
The interview was conducted by Wolfgang Krzizok