Where can I reach you?
The sun shines over the lake of Geneva. I have visited friends, also Chris McSorley. Now, my wife and I travel back to Germany. On the way we stop for coffee and cake in Schaffhausen with my Relatives.
And then it goes on in the holiday to Sicily such as 2018, according to the title with the ZSC?
no, for Sicily it is still too early, too cold. I should have the Playoff and then play longer. This is my punishment for missing the Playoff. (laughs) On Monday, we fly back to Canada. I have to be there for the funeral of my uncle. At the beginning of January my mother died, with 91. That was not a good Start to the year.
your season with Wolfsburg went last week, on rank 12 to the end. They won five of the last six games, but it lacked six points. The Kossmann effect arrived too late?
you could say so. We were in the last 15 Games, the number 4 in the League. With this cut, it would have been enough to loose. But the Team had a rough Start and many injuries. Goalie Brückmann missed due to a hip surgery all season, two Topausländer. We lacked substance. We have long had great difficulty to shoot the goals. But it was still a good experience. It was exciting to coach in a different League.
replaced As Arno Del Curto at the ZSCim January, Serge Aubin, didn't you: Pity, I'm in Wolfsburg?
(laughs) to be honest: I didn't think it would be a change of coach in Zurich. Therefore, I also went to Wolfsburg. I thought that the Lions have at the beginning may be trouble among the mostly Blues suffer. But I was convinced that they would find their way.
Have you even made a phone call with sports chief Sven Leuenberger, as it is not delivery in Zurich?
Around Christmas, we talked once. I said, I could in Wolfsburg, Germany, they are contracted.
Have you followed the last weeks of the ZSC Lions ?
Yes. In their last Match, in Geneva, I have looked even on TV, at home with my wizard Niklas Gällstedt. He has a TV Box from Sweden, and was also able to receive the Swiss channels. The game was for the ZSC Lions well as the whole season: they have not played bad, but they have found a way to lose.
Have you suffered?
I was a bit sad that it went so bad. I thought the title gives the team confidence, so that you can make the next step. But it is difficult to assess from the outside, which has since played everything. The injuries didn't help for sure. Wick and Cervenka were long out. Suter was Overseas and had trouble. Pettersson was first locked, then sick, then nothing. A bad Start can be poison for a scorer. I know from my own experience. And if the foreigners don't come much, every Team is under pressure. We had last season long effort to shoot the goals. But at some point, we realized how hard we work, in order for the goals to come.
How do you explain that a nominally good Team like the ZSC has two winters in succession so much effort in qualifying?
no Matter how good a team is busy, Your top players need to be your top players. This was not the case this year in ZSC, especially not in the storm. Maybe people expected too much. The Team is not offensively as good as everyone thinks. Especially not, if it is to shoot beautiful goals. There is no League more, in one of the gates firing.
Have you ever think about what would have happened if they are allowed to remain after the title in the ZSC have?
(laughs) cause Such thoughts to nothing. It is what it is. I enjoy the good memories of the championship title. I know we have done a good job, when I was there. I know as a Coach, what works. And also my experience in Germany has shown me that my ideas are the right ones. Unfortunately, we needed something for too long, until it handles properly.
Like the DEL of the National League?
It is also a good League. The Teams are very robust, with big, strong defenders. It is difficult to come to the gate. Of course, it has a great influence that the nine foreigners are admitted, and not only four as in Switzerland. Most of them come from Overseas. But the gap is large. The fitness level of many foreigners is not the same as well as the Topausländern in Switzerland. It's a pity that because of the many foreigners hardly Young to play in the DEL. Because the the Swiss scheme is already good. What I liked in Germany: Often you sequentially play Friday/Sunday, and not on two days. The allows you, also the second game in a respectable prepare.
Was it for you not an issue to stay in Wolfsburg?
Not really. It was not an easy year, not even my wife, who knew anyone there. I am sure that in Wolfsburg, something Good can arise. If you nine foreigners positions to fill, you can change a lot. When I was younger, it would have irritated me, there in two, three years to build something. But I could imagine more, to go back to work in Switzerland.
Again as an emergency?
Well, I want to be as a firefighter defined. If you're coming for four months or for eight, it takes anyway a lot of energy. In the Winter, you live as a Coach, seven days per week for ice hockey . The only way you can be successful.
Could you imagine, again for the ZSC to return?
Yes, the ZSC Lions would irritate me. We look at what is in store for me. The Job still fascinates me.
do you ever Think back at the Playoff journey with the ZSC?
O Yes! Sometimes I will also watch Videos of it. And I was made. That's not something you forget in a hurry. I also had with Fribourg a lot of success, gained in my three years at the most games of all the Coaches in the League. But to win the title, is extremely difficult. And therefore, so special.
Now it's time for you to return to Vancouver Island, where you have to rebuild your house. How far have you been?
In the last few months, I'm not really. (laughs) But it still stands.
Created: 13.03.2019, at 23:21