OK, I know what you are thinking. There are no Polar Bears in Germany (outside of a Zoo.)
Think again. We’ve got close to twenty Polar Bears from Straubing (Bavaria) Germany staying at our Toronto Hostel right now!
They ALL arrived with enormous bags and were this not Canada, the staff would have been a bit taken aback. But here in the Great White North, we know what hockey equipment bags look like!
The Straubing Polar Bears have arrived in force to play three games against Canadian teams. This is not their first excursion out of Germany to seek competition. They have already played some games in Finland.
Now the Straubing Polar Bears should not be mistaken for the Berlin Polar Bears (the reigning champions of German First Division Hockey.)
There are quite a number of ex NHL players in that professional league. But their Straubing, Bavaria namesakes all have day jobs.
Our intrepid players have hired three mini-vans to transport them to the Lakeshore Arena. They are going to play their first game on the “small ice” as they call it.
And yes, the ice surface is smaller than European Rinks. But wait until they see how much it speeds up the game that is already the world’s fastest!
And, at the risk of sounding disloyal, we’re rooting for the visiting side. After all, they are pretty new to our game amd they’ve come a great distance to play!
Go Polar Bears! Go!