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Ice hockey DEL2 Kassel Huskies dismiss the coach in the play-off final

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Ice hockey DEL2 Kassel Huskies dismiss the coach in the play-off final

Ice hockey Kassel Huskies

In the middle of the final, the promotion favorite fires his coach

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Last season Kassel failed in the semi-finals. This year too, promotion is in danger

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The Kassel Huskies are fighting in the play-off final not only for the championship, but also for promotion to the German Ice Hockey League. Shortly before the most important game of the season, the club fired its coach. A novelty in German ice hockey.

The Kassel Huskies welcome visitors to their homepage with a saying. “There’s always something going on in the Huskies’ house. No matter whether on, next to or behind the ice,” it says. The DEL2 ice hockey club has put its words into action in the past few days. The Huskies fired their coach in the middle of the final series against the Eisbären Regensburg. And that despite the fact that Kassel still has every chance of winning the championship and the associated promotion to the German Ice Hockey League (DEL).

“Due to the current situation, the Kassel Huskies organization was forced to release head coach Bill Stewart and assistant coach as well as previous sports director Hugo Boisvert from their duties with immediate effect,” the Huskies said in a statement. Kassel is 2:3 behind in the final series, which is played in “best of seven” mode, after the 2:5 defeat last Sunday and has its back against the wall. Only two wins in a row bring the championship title and promotion.

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Fired: Bill Stewart is no longer coach of the Kassel Huskies

Source: dpa/Uwe Anspach

The club obviously no longer trusted Stewart and fired the coach during the final series. A novelty in German ice hockey. “This decision certainly comes as a surprise, but I take full responsibility for it. For me it’s all about the Kassel Huskies, their values ​​and the Kassel Way. In recent days our club identity has been moved away. I see it as my responsibility to stop these tendencies immediately and thus protect the organization,” said Huskies owner Paul Sinizin.

Augsburg hopes the Huskies will lose

For the rest of the season, i.e. a maximum of two games, club veterans Sven Valenti and Daniel Kreutzer will take over on an interim basis. Kreutzer’s brother Christof looked after the Augsburg Panthers in Germany’s top division last season and finished last in the table. Whether Augsburg plays first-class next season also depends on the outcome of the final series. If the Huskies win, the Panthers are relegated. If Regensburg wins in a series, Augsburg would remain in the DEL because Regensburg does not meet the economic requirements for promotion.

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The Huskies, who finished first in the main round, had a very clear goal before the season: the championship and the associated promotion to the DEL. Along with the Krefeld Pinguins and the Dresdner Eislöwen, they were one of three clubs to apply for a license for the DEL. The first of two possible fateful games will take place on Tuesday (8 p.m.) in Regensburg. If the Huskies win against the Eisbären, there will be a showdown in the seventh game of the final series on Friday in Kassel.

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