The new DEL season is scheduled to start on September 15th. Launching in the midst of the deepening energy crisis, the cost of running the game will increase. DEL boss Gernot Tripcke fears dramatic effects - initially not for the professionals, but for the youngsters.
DEL Managing Director Gernot Tripcke warns against the closure of ice rinks in Germany in view of the energy crisis. "It's a big danger for the youngsters," said Tripcke. "We were often the symbolic pawn sacrifice during the Corona period. That must not happen again."
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 is Yes, contracts that must 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."