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Now he's teaching children in China, ice hockey

Todd Elik will not come out, still Amazed. Today it will be almost to the day exactly nine months, the 52-year-old canadian ended up with his wife in Beijing. B

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Now he's teaching children in China, ice hockey

Todd Elik will not come out, still Amazed. Today it will be almost to the day exactly nine months, the 52-year-old canadian ended up with his wife in Beijing. But to understand this city, which has, depending on the method of counting over 20 million inhabitants, also, would probably do the trick also for nine years. "I could tell you Stories ...", he said later, several times, but first of all, the simple entry is enough question in order to Elik breaks out in laughter: what is life Like in Beijing? He thinks for a moment, says "Good!" and laughs again.

It is early afternoon, he was on the ice with about 40 boys, 5 - to 10-year-old. Elik, formerly a brilliant game maker and Enfant terrible Langnaus in one, he is now in the order of the NHL Clubs Los Angeles Kings youth coach in China. Or something like that. Go for it, especially for the Latest it's more about Teach, Teach really basic things, says Elik.

Even Gretzky had to be tackled at the

The ice hockey in China. Many see it as a sleeping giant, or, at least, as a developed product with a huge potential, even if in a very early stage. It is far more than a billion people like to live in China, local professionals, it is missing yet. Ice hockey has in the Asian region outside of the former Soviet States, in General, hardly a priority – and not in China.

be diligently recruited foreigners, especially from North America. In Advisor functions right sizes, such as Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, or Mike Keenan. Money is available, the state invested a uniform approach, however, is to recognize in the first Moment is often difficult, although everything is somehow connected with the Olympics 2022.

The search Keenan's players

It is the Kunlun Red Stars, in Beijing home there, not least because of the construction of the new hall, but in Shanghai, in exile. The team was founded in 2016 and has since been part of the Russian KHL as one of the 6 foreign Teams. Here is the connection with the Olympic is clearly visible.

Keenan, the coach, first the head, then General Manager and now a Scout and a consultant, and worldwide football players with Chinese roots, so these should on the one hand, emergence of the Red Star, but especially for the national team in 2022.

squints While China women on a medal win, the men in spite of all the efforts of the game. But so slaughtered such as the Korean 2018 you don't want to be, but then, the goal is to win at least one game.

And the Olympia is only the beginning: After that, China will ascend step by step to a hockey world.

The world number 33, behind Iceland, Israel

The way is far. Currently, China is in the world ranking list men rank 33, behind Iceland, and ahead of Israel. In billions of the country there is only 2764 Licensed, of which 252 are Active only in the case of men. China launched on 9. April with a game against Spain in the C world Championships in Serbia.

The infrastructure is also modest, according to the international Federation of the IIHF, there are throughout the country a mere 213 ice rinks. After all, and a little life sign: 2015 Andong was drafted Song of the New York Islanders as the first Chinese in the NHL, currently the defender plays but College Hockey in the United States.

private training for kids to do rich parents

Not all of them, mainly from North America-born foreigners, who are involved in any way in China's ice hockey, but directly with the Olympics. Until recently it was not unusual that Canadians and Americans were brought in as expensive a personal trainer and tried to bring Chinese kids with rich parents, the hockey sport. Organised Championships with the right game plan, they were looking for in the talent but in vain, they are still at a nascent stage.

For example, here: Eliks guys come from good betuchtem home, they belong the two Teams of the "Beijing Junior Kings", the one summarized in a U6/U8 Team, the Rest of the U10 team. Take in a Beijing city championship, which has after all already have three strength levels.

The previous approach, the children's form of private coaches in individual training sessions, is still recognizable and can be Elik some very curious situations to experience. He tells of a regular 5-on-1 situations in Games, because no team thought to exist. And it'll be rare that the opposing Coaches against his Beijing Junior Kings their best player in eight-minute-long Shifts expect in the Faith, to win the help. Elik smells of envy: "you want to lose no case against us, because you fear that your children are sent by their parents and then to us."

"We are still part of the Whole"

Eliks Club is in the Beijing championship is a suspicious beäugtes unique because a Team of professionals from the USA is behind it. The L. A. Kings are the first NHL Franchise that is trying to in China's football. Californians think in the long term, hope that someday a Chinese player will change in your organization.

Eliks guys are not, of course, to participate in the Olympics in three years ' time. "But we are still part of the Whole," he says. "The goal in China is to bring as many children as possible to the sport of ice hockey." When China won the bid for Beijing 2022, has officially released a Plan that said that will run up to the Games, 300 million Chinese winter sports – about one percent of them want to play hockey.

An old friend helped

Elik landed in Beijing, because he asked Luc Robitaille, his old friend and team-mates in Los Angeles to a Job in hockey. The former star player for the Kings is now the President of the club and gave Elik work in China. "Of course, we initially had some doubts, especially my wife had to put up with something convincing," says Elik, has for next season is still a contract.

And Yes, so much was crazy in Beijing: The number of inhabitants, the traffic, the censorship and restricted Internet without Google, YouTube, Facebook or WhatsApp – and as always and everywhere constructed, as is there nothing regulated. And yet, he had Fun, stressed Elik.

Almost like Beverly Hills

On the ice, he brings the children to a real skate with the understanding that there is in hockey-Offensive and Defensive Basics. The understanding is shut up, as most of the children go to international schools and understand English; and otherwise helps the interpreter, the Elik is set to the side.

in addition to the ice Elik lives, and that is he is aware, is not the real Chinese life – if this can be simply named. The luxurious area, where Elik and his wife to work (she helps in the Administration of the Clubs) and places that remind him more often to Beverly Hills because of communism: "We see rolls-Royce, Porsche and Bentley. We get nothing of the poverty, only a mother of our Kids comes from rural backgrounds."

Elik is back in hockey. This is after trials and tribulations after his playing career, the him via Coaching Jobs in the canadian Junior sport, as well as a short return to Switzerland than 1.-League coach in St-Imier to hard Drudgery in steel plants in Canada. The Kings pay him well, he probably earn more than if he would work in Europe, mutmasst Elik. And yet, he has not forgotten the Switzerland. A return here as a Coach to work? "Oh, Yes! I had so many good experiences," says Elik without hesitation. But for the time being, China remains on his Plan. The contract runs until 2020.

Created: 12.04.2019, 15:11 PM

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