Para Ice Hockey
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Wife Manja, sons Sam and Levi
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey at age 28 in Bremen, Germany.
Why this sport?
"I needed a new challenge after my accident in 2006. I was always interested in ice hockey, so I found Para ice hockey and used it to come back to life."
Club / Team
Weserstars Bremen: Germany
Name of coach
Andreas Pokorny [national], GER
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Vancouver, BC, CAN
Captain [because he has served as captain of his teams]. (Athlete, 14 Oct 2019)
Woodworking, travel, camping. (Athlete, 14 Oct 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the German championships on three occasions, and securing gold in the 2013 World Championship B Pool in Nagano, Japan. (Athlete, 14 Oct 2019)
Most influential person in career
German Para ice hockey player Bas Disveld. (Athlete, 14 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol
His family. (Athlete, 14 Oct 2019)
He has sustained broken fingers and a broken foot during his career. (Athlete, 14 Oct 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in the man in the mirror. Fear is a bad opponent." (Athlete, 14 Oct 2019)
To compete at the Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 14 Oct 2019)
In 2006 he fell off a roof while working as a carpenter. His injuries resulted in paraplegia. (weser-kurier.de, 13 Nov 2015)