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01-09-11, 08:11
NHL family mourns passing of Wade Belak

The National Hockey League community was forced to deal with the tragic loss of one of its own again Wednesday after Wade Belak, who played in the League for 14 years, was found dead in his Toronto condominium. Belak was 35.

Although Belak's playing days ended this past season after he was waived by the Nashville Predators in February, he was so popular around the League that it seemed certain he would remain in the public eye. He stayed with the Predators in an organizational role and was set to appear on CBC's upcoming season of "Battle of the Blades" -- a Canadian figure-skating reality show similar to "Dancing with the Stars."

The sudden loss of the popular Wade Belak has hit the hockey world hard. (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI)A first-round draft pick of the Quebec Nordiques in 1994, Belak played for five NHL teams during his career: the Colorado Avalanche, following Quebec's relocation to Denver in 1995, Calgary Flames, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers and finally the Predators. He made plenty of friends at each stop, and those former teammates reacted upon hearing the news Wednesday with sadness and disbelief.

"The entire Nashville Predators organization and family is shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely passing of Wade Belak," the Predators said in a release Wednesday night. "Wade was a beloved member of the organization, a terrific teammate and wonderful father and husband. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Jennifer and children Andie and Alex. We offer our full support to them at this very difficult time."

the full story at:

01-09-11, 19:45
....However, a source familiar with the situation confirms to The Canadian Press that Belak hanged himself at a luxury hotel and condo building in the heart of the city's downtown.....


copied from Probert's post in the German section

02-09-11, 10:55
Three hockey enforcers die young in four months, raising questions

(CNN) -- It's arguably the toughest job in sports.

Hockey enforcers earn the undying devotion of fans -- but not much else -- for their ability to punch and get punched on skates. They usually bounce from team to team, barely managing to get a contract for a role few can perform well and no one else wants

the full story at: http://www.cnn.com/2011/SPORT/09/01/nhl.enforcers.deaths/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

03-09-11, 08:06
I got this as part of an e-mail from ESPN Player today. I hope they get this resolved soon I want to be able to watch NHL games again this year.

Hi Larry,

We know you love NHL and we are still speaking to the current rights holders about the potential for English-language rights in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. We remain interested in continuing our coverage if the right opportunity exists. We’ll share more information with you at an appropriate time in the future.........

05-09-11, 17:22
Adler News: Adler Fail to Make the Finals of the European Cup

The Adler lose to Slavia Prague 3:5 (2:2, 0:3, 1:0), ending their hope of a trip to the European Cup finals.

With a win last night against Slavia Prague the Adler would have advanced to the finals of the European Cup. The 7,674 in attendance watched that dream slide away last night, in a hard played game with plenty of emotion. The Referee lost control of the game in the second period and things went wild from there, much to the delight of the fans.
The first period was a hard played and pretty much equal party as both teams were able to move the puck quickly up and down the ice. Tomas Svoboda scored first for the guests (14 minute) but Ken Magowan was able to tie the score (16 minute, PP2) at one all during an Adler two man advantage. Mike Glumac brought the Adler the lead (18 minute, PP1) while the Adler were still on the power play. Vladimir Ruzicka scored just nine seconds later (18 minute, PP1) while Prague was enjoying a power play of their own. Just prior to the end of the first Prague was unable to score on penalty shot as Alder Goalie Felix Bruckmann held strong. The game remained tied 2:2 going into the first break.
Prague stepped up their game in the second playing closer and harder to the body, seemingly knocking Mannheim out of their rhythm and taking complete dominance over the flow of the game. Jakub Sklenar gave Prague the lead (21 minute) just one minute into the period. Thomas Svoboda added two more goals (27 minute)( 40 minute, PP1) giving him a hat trick for the evening and Prague a three goal lead at the break.
The Adler attempted to match Prague’s tempo and style of play in the third and Adam Mitchell was able to bring the Adler within two (44 minute, PP1). Despite many chances the Adler were not able to score again on Prague’s keeper Miroslav Kopriva who over all had a good evening and was able to hold the game at 3:5 and bring the win home for Prague.
Despite what appeared to be lopsided calls by the official (Markus Brill), in the second Prague did not go to the box once even though the Adler went multiple times for the same types of actions occurring on both sides of the ice, It still cannot be said that the referee caused the loss for the Adler as they left plenty of chances unused and had a static power play and were unable to score on a two man advantage in the third. Brill lost control of the game sometime in the second period and was never able to regain it (We can all hope this is not a foreboding of what the DEL has to offer for officiating this year). Despite all of this the Adler Mannheim never gave up and showed emotion and steel the likes that have not been seen in the SAP Arena in years if ever. The game included no fewer than seven fights, including a partial bench clearer at the end. The Adler Mannheim may have lost the game and a chance at the European Cup but they have won the hearts of their fans who despite the loss were chanting for their team to come back on the ice at the end of the game.

Penalty Minutes:
Adler Mannheim: 133 (14x2, 3x5, 3x10, 3x20)
HC Slavia Prague: 125 (16x2, 3x5, 1x10, 4x20)
Shots on Goal: Adler Mannheim: 36 HC Slavia Prague: 28
Shots Held: Felix Bruckmann: 23 Miroslav Kopriva: 33
3 Stars: Tomas Svoboda, HC Slavia Prague
2 Stars: Vladimr Ruzicka, HC Slavia Prague
1 Star: Adam Mitchell, Adler Mannheim

Larry Taylor - A4 News

07-09-11, 15:52
Lokomotive Jaroslawl a Russian Ich Hockey Team:
On September 7th, 2011, the majority of the club's roster were killed in a plane crash. The airplane caught fire and crashed shortly after take-off, merely 500 metres from the runway. Preliminary reports say that 36 of the 37 passengers on board had been killed, and that the remaining one was in critical condition.

Robert Dietrich a German National player who played for the Adler Mannheim last year is on the roster for Lokomotive Jaroslawl.

translated from the German side

08-09-11, 21:26
Former Adler Defender Robert Dietrich Killed in Plane Crash

The former Adler defenseman from the 2010-2011 season, Robert Dietrich, died September 7, 2011 when the plane that was carrying him crashed outside of Yaroslavl, Russia. Also on board the plane were the rest of his teammates from his current team the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The only known survivor is a member of the flight crew, who is in critical condition. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Dietrich was born 25 July 1986 in Ordzhonikidze, Karakh SSR, USSR. He first played in the DEL (German Elite League) in the 2005-2006 season for the DEG Metro Stars during that season he also played for the Straubing Tigers who were in the German Second League at the time. He remained with the DEG through the 2006-2007 season. In the 2007 NHL draft he was drafted 174 overall by the Nashville Predators. He signed a three year contract with Nashville who loaned him out to the DEG for the 2007-2008 season. He played the following two seasons in Nashville’s farm team the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.

After not making it onto the Nashville roster, he returned to Germany in 2010 signing a two year contract with the Adler Mannheim. He played for the Adler during the 2010-2011 season. After that season he asked to be released from his current contract so he could sign with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL (Russian League). Robert Dietrich had a German pass and played for the German National team. He represented Germany both World Cup games as well as Junior World Cup games during his short career.

Our thoughts here at A4 go out to the family of Robert Dietrich, as well as the rest of the families from team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and the families of the flight crew of the plane.

Larry Taylor – A4 New

Quelle: http://www.adleralliance.com/

12-09-11, 12:46
Shawn Belle Receives a Try-out Contract

10. September 2011

The Adler have signed the Canadian Shawn Belle to a try-out contract. The Defenseman is under try-out contract thru 22 September.

The 26 year old, left handed shooter should arrive in Mannheim on Sunday and will start training with the team on Tuesday.

Shawn Belle has played in 20 NHL games for the Minnesota Wild, The Montreal Canadiens, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Colorado Avalanche. He was drafted in 2003 by the St. Louis Blues. Last season he played for the AHL teams Oklahoma City Barons (39 games) and the Lake Erie Monsters (12 games).


Adler News - Translated

12-09-11, 13:13
Mannheim Closes Out the Pre-season with Two Wins

In a weekend overshadowed by the plane crash tragedy, the Adler were able to notch two wins against the DEL rivals from Ingolstadt.

Friday the Adler traveled to Bavaria to play in Ingolstadt. This was the first time this pre-season that Mannheim faced off against another DEL team. Fred Brathwaite was also in goal for the first time this year. The game started out with two quick goals for the Adler. Mannheim took the lead on a goal from Glumac in the first two minutes, quickly followed by a goal from Ullmann a minute and a half later. Despite the early goals it was an even game between the two teams. Waginger bought the Panthers within one, three minutes into the second period. Less than a minute later Mauer shot what was to be the game winner for the Adler. Despite being short handed from the 29 minute up until the 34 minute part of which was five on three, the Adler were able to close out the second with a three to one lead, mostly thanks to Brathwaite. Ingolstadt game out strong in the third and dominated the entire period. Grelinger scored in the 42 minute bringing the score to the final of three to two for Mannheim. Brathwaite had a strong game and a very strong third period to rescue the 2:3 win for Mannheim.

Sunday night’s game started off where the Friday night game left off, with Ingolstadt dominating the game. In the first four minutes Ingolstadt had already scored twice. The majority of the first period was spent in the Adler defensive zone. When they were able to break out of their zone and into the Panthers zone they would shoot a one timer and return to the defense. Mauer scored the first Adler goal three minutes into the third but Ingolstadt continued to control the game. With the Adler on the power play Seidenberg took a five minute major for boarding negating the power play and putting Ingolstadt on a four minute power play. The Adler killed the penalty and shortly thereafter Mannheim found themselves with a minutes worth of a two man advantage. While unable to convert on the power play they were able to settle the game down and the momentum switched from Ingolstadt to Mannheim. Gelke tied things up at two in the 44 minute. Mauer gave the Adler the lead with less than four minutes remaining. The Panthers pulled their goalie with just over a minute to play and Kink sealed Ingolstadt’s fate with an empty netter on two quick passes from Sifers and Plachta in the 60 minute. The final was a 4:2 win for Mannheim.

The pre-season has come to a close and Mannheim starts their regular season on Friday in Hamburg against the Freezers. The next home game will be on Sunday, 18 September in the SAP Arena. Tickets are still available in all price categories.

Larry Taylor – A4 News

source: http://www.adleralliance.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=250:mannheim-closes-out-the-pre-season-with-two-wins&catid=3:newsflash

13-09-11, 21:05
for lack of a better place to put this.

Hello Larry,

Your request about Registration has been received at 09/13/2011 08:39 AM

As of the end of the 2010-11 season, ESPN Player will no longer be covering NHL hockey in Europe. NHL GameCenter Live is now available in all regions of the world, registration for the 2011-12 season should be available starting the last week of September.

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19-09-11, 16:53
Adler Win First Home Game of the Season

Mannheim wins 3:1 over Krefeld (0:0, 1:0, 2:1)

After their loss in the season opener on Friday night in Hamburg, the Adler Mannheim were determined to make good in front of the hometown crowd on Sunday night in the SAP Arena. Felix Brückmann took the place between the pipes for the injured Fred Brathwaite. The 7,910 fans in attendance and those viewing from home on SKY Sports saw a high energy game from two fairly equal teams.
Both teams came out of the locker room ready to play and both hit the ice with full power. The first period was filled with attacks and counters on both sides but neither team was able to take advantage of their chances. The Adler penalty kill was called on early in the period when Mitchell went to the box for hooking. They did not disappoint, and kept Krefeld scoreless. At the end of the first the score remained 0:0.
In the second period the Adler put almost twice as many pucks on goal as they did in the first. Christoph Ullmann scored the first season home game goal on a pass from Kettemer. Ullmann circled around behind the goal and put the puck top shelf over Pinquine goalie Scott Langkow (24 minute) giving the Adler a 1:0 lead. A short time later Mannheim went on the power-play but had the same results as Krefeld did in the first. Minutes later the Adler were to get another chance on the power-play but about a minute into the man-advantage it was negated as Magowan took a penalty for slashing an headed to the box. The minute of power-play that followed for the Pinquine was easily killed by the Adler. The clock wound down on the second with the score remaining 1:0.
Everybody was wondering if the teams were going to be able to keep up the tempo in the third period and through grit and determination they did. Once again the Adler went on the power-play and once again it was negated early, this time after only 15 seconds when Ullmann went to the box for slashing. Shvidki scored the 1:1 equalizer for Krefeld (54 minute). Less than a minute later the Adler countered with a goal of their own, when Craig MacDonald shot the game winner (55 minute). Just over a minute later Chris Lee sealed the deal with a shot from the blue line (56 minute) to bring the score to 3:1 where it would remain for the rest of the game.

The match was enjoyable to watch and could have gone either way and was not decided until late in the third. While there is still a lot of work to be done on some hockey basics such as passing, an ineffective power-play, and not taking penalties with a man-advantage, the Adler demonstrated a new team spirit and a will to win that was a welcome change in the SAP Arena. The win puts the Adler tied for seventh place with three game points. The next game will be this coming Friday in the SAP Arena against the Eisbaren from Berlin. Many have tipped these two teams to be the top contenders for the championship this year. Face off is at 1930 on 23 September, tickets are still available in all price categories.

Penalty minutes: Mannheim: 6 Krefeld: 6
Shots on goal: Mannheim: 33 Krefeld: 33
Shots Held: Brückmann: 32 Langkow: 30
Brückmann, Felix (Mannheim)
Ullmann, Christoph (Mannheim)
Milroy, Duncan (Krefeld)

Larry Taylor – A4 News

quelle: http://www.adleralliance.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=252:adler-win-first-home-game-of-the-season&catid=3:newsflash

22-09-11, 21:04
Ok for a lack of a better place to put this I am going to add it here.

It seems our new intro is a little controversial in some places. Some press writers do not think the scene of Reul checking the car with the Berlin logo is appropriate. If you look at the DEL FB site the majority of the fans seem to like the into regardless of what club they support, of course some there did not like it either and you could really tell which ones just do not like Mannheim so not matter how the trailer looked they would not like it.

All in all if people can not see it for what it is, a video to inspire the fans and the team, than they are in the wrong sport and might want to take up knitting. I really miss our rivalry with Frankfurt they would have not only understood an intro with a Lions auto but they would have also answered in kind, while Berlin is crying about it, I think maybe the Ice Bear should join the DPL, it is a non checking league right?

22-09-11, 21:16
Thanks Larry! And BTW, I really hope our new defender will take his place on the rink and welcome those crybabies to Mannheim...

stone cold
22-09-11, 21:50
The New Intro is brilliant. There is only one concern from my side. Denis checked the right Logo at the wrong car. It should have been a Trabant.

22-09-11, 22:10
a trabant would have only tripped him taking him out at the knees. :-)

trabant = old small car from the GDR (East Germany) for our English readers

24-09-11, 00:31
The new trailer is quite amazing, even if i didn't catch all the intricate details :-)

28-09-11, 15:04
Tragic hockey star’s lifesaving legacy

A sad twist in the Yak-42 tragedy reveals that one of Lokomotiv players who died in the crash was anonymously giving money to sick kids, and the last half-million ruble payment was transferred to a young cancer patient minutes before the take-off.
It was several days ago that the parents of 16-year-old Diana Ibragimova from Voronezh learned the real name of the man who saved their daughter’s life. Ivan Tkachenko, captain of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey club, was sending big sums of money to Voronezh without disclosing his name or expecting any gratitude at all, Lifenews online tabloid reports.
Diana’s mother burst into tears when she learned Ivan had died in a horrible accident. It took her a long time to understand that the man she knew nothing about, just that his name was Ivan, was in fact Ivan Tkachenko, captain of the famous Lokomotiv hockey club.
The hockey player’s secret was disclosed thanks to a well-known Russian blogger, Varfolomeev. In one of his latest posts he wrote that the athlete had regularly been transferring large sums of money to sick children. Diana was one of the several lucky children whom Ivan had patronized.
Ivan transferred money to Diana’s family twice, and both times he asked that his name not be indicated under any circumstances.
“We did not even know who our daughter’s benefactor was, just his first name,” cried Elena, Diana’s mother. “We received 500,000-ruble transfers twice; they both came from an unknown Ivan. I thought he might be a successful businessman and could not imagine he was one of the best-known Russian hockey players. Such a young man!” exclaims Elena.
After the family received the second transfer, they wrote a letter to Ivan, but they never received an answer. Neither Diana nor her mother knew that just minutes after sending the money, Ivan Tkachenko died in a horrific plane crash not far from the city of Yaroslavl.
The modest young hockey player did not like to talk about his philanthropy. Only his closest friends knew that Ivan helped children who were diagnosed with terrible diseases.
“Vanya adored children,” one of Tkachenko’s friends recalled. “His wife is now expecting their third child.”
His relatives say Ivan always rushed to help when he saw a child needed his assistance.
“Ivan did not want anyone to know he was taking part in charity,” said the authorities at the Advita charity fund. “He did not want gratitude; he just helped kids and adults who were in need of his help. He saved many lives!” they added.

quelle: http://rt.com/news/lokomotiv-children-disease-crash-021/

01-10-11, 12:58
With Fourth Straight Win Adler Capture First Place

According to Adler Trainer Harold Kreis there is no such thing as a bad win, while that may be if there is a such thing as an ugly win then that is what the 6,396 fans witnessed on Thursday night. Mannheim took a 3:0 lead into the third period only to see it evaporate to a one point lead in the first five minutes of the period. The Adler held on to win 3:2 (1:0, 2:0, 0:2).
The Adler were clearly the over powering team of the first period putting eleven shots on goal compared to the Tigers two. Straubing was shorthanded for almost five minutes of the first as the referees displayed a zero tolerance for hooking. The Adler’s first power play was typically stagnate and the Tigers had three break away chances even though they were short handed. The power play did not improve much during the next two man-advantages but Yannnic Seidenberg managed to find the back of the net when one of his passes deflected off Straubing’s Michael Bakos on the third power play of the period (19 minute, man-advantage).
Mannheim remained the dominate team during the second period but were having problems finding the key to beating Straubing’s net minder, Barry Brust. During the Adler’s second power play of the period Frank Mauer weaved his way through the Tiger’s defense and beat Brust to give Mannheim a two point lead (33 minute, man-advantage). He was followed three and a half minutes later by Adam Mitchell who scored a breakaway goal to bring the score to 3:0.The Adler were also shorthanded twice during the second but their penalty kill remained strong and Straubing was unable to take advantage of the situations.

At the start of the third period is looked as if the Adler wanted to save their energy for the other three games they have to play in the next six days but they reduced the tempo by too much and almost gave the game away. Just 15 seconds into the third Karl Stewart had already cut the Adler lead by one (41 minute), just over four minutes later Sandro Schonberger cut it by another point (45 minute). It was now a brand new game and Straubing was hungry for more. The game became hectic with neither team able to completely control the period. The chances see-sawed back and forth but neither team was able to use the chances to their advantage. In the 59 minute Straubing pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker but the Adler defense and Felix Bruckmann were able to save the Adler win. The score was 3:2 at the final horn.
The Adler took over first place in the DEL with 12 points just one point ahead of the second place team from Munich. The Iserlohn Rooster are in third place with ten points. The Hamburg Freezers are in fourth place with nine points but are one of the teams to keep an eye on as they have played one less game then the other top three teams. Munich and Mannheim will go head to head on Saturday night in the SAP Arena In a battle for first place; tickets are still available in all price categories.

Penalty Minutes: Mannheim: 6 Straubing: 12

Shots on Goal: Mannheim: 35 Straubing: 23

Power Play Goals: Mannheim: 2 Straubing: 0

Shots Held:
Felix Bruckmann (Mannheim): 21
Barry Brust (Straubing): 32

DEL Stars:
Frank Mauer (Mannheim)
Yannic Seidenberg (Mannheim)
Daniel Sparre (Straubing)

Larry Taylor – A4 News

quelle: http://www.adleralliance.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=255:with-fourth-straight-win-adler-capture-first-place-&catid=3:newsflash

**since the article was published Hamburg played their game in hand and have taken over first place. The Adler are in second but point equal with Hamburg.**