Few sports match ice hockey when it comes to speed, excitement and physicality. The fast-paced nature of the game and intimate dimensions of the hockey rink make ice hockey a staple of the North American sporting calendar, and also hugely popular across northern Europe. Ice hockey games are followed by a passionate crowd and accompanied by a raucous atmosphere. Be sure to join in and experience the thrills of an international hockey match by picking up Germany ice hockey tickets on StubHub!
German ice hockey history
Hockey in Germany goes all the way back to the early 20th century when the German men's national ice hockey team first took part in an international tournament at the 1911 European Hockey Championship. The Eagle Carriers tasted early success in world hockey with a silver medal at the 1930 World Championships, a bronze medal at the 1932 Olympic Games and a bronze medal at the 1930 World Championships.
After this early period of success, the German team would spilt and go on to operate as two separate West German and East German teams from the 1940's until a reunification in 1991. Despite this, German hockey still tasted further success with West Germany picking up a silver medal at the 1953 World Championships and a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics.
Since 1991, Germany has consolidated its place as a top ten ranked team and has sought to take on some of the more traditional heavyweights of world hockey such as Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and The USA. The Eagle Carriers battled against the odds and recorded a number of top ten finishes at the Olympics throughout the 1990's and 2000's.
The World Championships have seen Germany continue the record of consolidation, with the 2010 campaign proving to be both the most fruitful and heartbreaking. Performing in front of home crowds saw the team make a run all the way to the semi-finals with victories over the USA, Denmark and Slovakia. The Eagle Carriers fell just short, suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat to Russia before going on to miss out on a bronze medal on home soil by losing to Sweden 3-1.
Some stellar performances along the way allowed German players Dennis Endras and Christian Ehrhoff to pick up individual awards with Ehrhoff making the All Star Team and Endras scooping the Best Goaltender and MVP awards. Be sure to catch the current crop of stars as players like Leon Draisaitl, Tobias Rieder and Philipp Grubauer strive to emulate these heroes and add their names to the list of German hockey greats.