League boss warns of the consequences of the energy crisis for ice hockey
Created: 08/16/2022 05:33
Gernot Tripcke, Managing Director of the German Ice Hockey League (DEL).
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DEL Managing Director Gernot Tripcke warns against the closure of ice rinks in Germany in view of the energy crisis.
Neuss - "It is a great danger for the youngsters," said Tripcke of the German Press Agency.
"Even during the Corona period, we were often the symbolic pawn sacrifice.
This must not happen again."
In general, Tripcke considers the discussions about the consequences of the sharply rising energy prices for professional sports in Germany to be wrong.
“There is hardly any other country where the discussion is currently taking place again.
We have to turn it around and instead urgently talk more about how important sport is in Germany," said the head of the German Ice Hockey League.
The season in the German Ice Hockey League begins on September 15th.
All clubs have been in training for some time, sometimes in high summer temperatures.
Since in most cases the DEL clubs only rent the ice rinks, Tripcke does not expect any additional costs in the short term due to the recently sharp rise in energy costs.
"That will come to the clubs in the medium term," said Tripcke, for example in the case of corresponding contract extensions.
"But I don't think it will take on threatening proportions," said Tripcke, who also almost ruled out a partial closure of the arenas for DEL games even if the energy crisis escalated in winter: "That's a theoretical scenario.
There are contracts that have to be fulfilled.”
For amateurs and young people, however, the DEL boss fears consequences in the short term.
“The ice ages in the youth sector are problematic.
But that would be saving at the completely wrong end," said Tripcke, who also assumes that the death of the ice rinks in Germany is now increasing: "The danger is definitely there." dpa