Assistant coach for German ice hockey men: "That's good, but what's next?"
Created: 05/13/2022 15:02
By: Michael Haug
For Jessica Campbell, the Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland are next.
She is the first assistant coach for the German ice hockey men.
Helsinki – The ice hockey world championship 2022 begins for the German national team with the duel against record world champions Canada.
National coach Toni Söderholm is taking an assistant coach to his team for the first time.
We are talking, of all people, about the 29-year-old Canadian Jessica Campbell.
"Jessica will coach our team's game with a man down and also train the surplus players.
She will help us," said the national coach before the tournament.
DEB assistant coach Jessica Campbell: "I started ice skating right after I could walk."
Campbell looks back
on her career path so far at
She grew up with three older siblings on a farm about a four-hour drive west of Winnipeg.
“I started skating right after I could walk.
Since I spent a lot of time in ice rinks with my family, the path was mapped out,” recalls the former Canada international.
She won the silver medal at the 2015 World Championships with Canada.
Campbell now works as a technique and power skating coach with players from the North American elite league, the NHL.
Jessica Campbell in Helsinki, where the German team will complete the entire preliminary round.
Campbell first appeared in German ice hockey at the end of March when she was installed as an assistant coach at the Nuremberg Ice Tigers for five days.
Sports manager Stefan Ustdorf had suggested Campbell to his coach Tom Rowe.
A valuable experience for the 29-year-old.
"In Nuremberg I proved to myself that I can work as an assistant coach in a men's team, maybe as a coach at some point."
Campbell told the
Nürnberger Nachrichten :
"It's great that it started in Nuremberg, in the DEL.
It's a gift, but the headline has to be: Good, but what's next?”
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For national coach Söderholm, the question of gender has never arisen.
"If it's announced on the plane that a pilot is going to fly the machine, you don't get up and go back to the terminal," the Finn explains his way of thinking.
“She has a different perspective on how to design some game scenes now.
I want that.” Söderholm stands for a controlled build-up game, and Campbell also likes to carry the puck on the stick into the third instead of chasing the disc uncontrollably into the attacking third.
"I chose her qualities as a person, as a coach, as a communicator and as a work ethic," explains the 44-year-old national team coach.
How big is equality in the male-dominated ice hockey world?
Despite Söderholm's backing, Campbell often doesn't have it easy in her role.
"When you talk to consultants about possible jobs, you hear: um, no, it probably won't work because you're a woman," she told
"I believe this wall can be torn down."