Imagen
A picture of 2 men in sledges celebrating a goal during a ice sledge hockey match

Frank Rennhack

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Teresa
Residence
Hamburg, GER
Occupation
Sales
Languages
English, German

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para ice hockey at age 12. His rehabilitation therapist Sebastian Habel introduced him to the sport.
Why this sport?
He loved the sport from the beginning and wanted to compete in a team immediately. Only after a doctor gave his approval did his parents permit him to join his first team, the Dresden Cardinals in Germany.
Club / Team
Weser Stars Bremen: Germany
Name of coach
Andreas Pokorny [national], GER
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Germany
Opponent
Norway

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the 2014/15 German league title with the Weser Stars. (spieler8.jimdo.com, 04 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US Para ice hockey player Taylor Chace, ice hockey players Alexander Ovechkin, Bobby Orr, Olaf Kolzig, Patrick Jarrett, Sebastian Steller, Evgeni Malkin and Mario Lemieux. (Facebook profile, 21 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours
He was part of the Weser Stars Para ice hockey team that received the Para Athletes of the Year award at the 2016 Bremen Sports Awards in Germany. (Twitter profile, 15 Mar 2017)

He was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for March 2013. (paralympic.org, 15 Apr 2013)

He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] and a member of the All-Star team at the 2008 Karlovy Vary Open tournament in the Czech Republic. (spieler8.jimdo.com, 21 Jan 2013)
Impairment
He has paraplegia, which led to him developing scoliosis. This affected the function of his lungs, as well as other organs, and eventually became life threatening. "I had difficulty breathing and I didn't have an appetite, because of the pressure on my stomach." He underwent surgery on his spine to improve the condition. (handicap.de, 09 Oct 2006)
Other information
HOMEMADE SLEDGE
His first sledge was made for him by his father, a professional welder, from a sofa and a tin tray. (handicap.de, 09 Oct 2006)

YOUNG TALENT
He made his debut in the German Para ice hockey league at age 12. (spieler8.jimdo.com, 21 Jan 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group B 1
Men's Tournament Group B 2
Men's Tournament Group B 3
Men's Tournament Semifinal 202
Men's Tournament Bronze Medal Match 102