World Cup in Latvia – This is how the ice hockey bubble works


Players, coaches and officials will probably never forget this ice hockey world championship in Riga / Latvia. A tournament in the corona bubble.

BamS received exclusive insights into what happens in the isolation zone.

► The German team is staying in a hotel in Riga with nine other teams. The rest of the World Cup teams are in another hotel, just two blocks from the German quarter.

► Each team uses two floors in the hotel. The floor may only be left for trips to training and games. Goalkeeper Mathias Niederberger (28 / Eisbären Berlin): “We haven’t seen anything of the city of Riga yet.”



Housed in single rooms: Defense attorney Moritz Seider in the quarantine hotelPhoto: DEB / Viscompark

► The players are accommodated in single rooms for the first time at a World Cup How do our ice stars pass their free time? Champion striker Marcel Noebels (29 / Eisbären Berlin): “To pass the time, people read a lot, play Playstation and watch series on TV.” NHL star Dominik Kahun (25 / Edmonton Oilers) has a bicycle ergometer in his room when he arrives in Riga let ask.


Duel on the plate: Marcel Brandt (left) and John-Jason Peterka.  You can also use the table tennis blade

Duel on the plate: Marcel Brandt (left) and John-Jason Peterka. You can also use the table tennis bladePhoto: DEB / Viscompark

► The players meet in a large common room for meals and meetings. For a change, table tennis can also be played there. The best German double should be Marcel Noebels and Moritz Seider (20 / Rögle BK).

► The only change from the dreary everyday hotel life was a team excursion by bus to a forest by the water on the day off. The organizers donated a barbecue. National coach Toni Söderholm: “Everyone got fresh air.”

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