Adler Complete Training Staff


The Training Staff by the Adler Mannheim for the 2014/15 Season is complete. Craig Woodcroft and Jay Leach will be the Assistant Coaches under Adler Head Coach Geoff Ward. Woodcroft has signed a two year contract with the Adler while Leach has signed for one year.

During his career, Craig Woodcroft played between 1987 and 2003 in the DEL for Cologne and Frankfurt as well in the AHL for the Prince Edward Island Senators. In 1988 Woodcroft was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Seventh Round as the 134 pick. Following the end of his career in 2003, the 44 year old Canadian concentrated mostly on the Ice Hockey Academy “Northern Edge Hockey” that he founded in 1993. Between 2010 and 2012 he worked as Skill Development Coach for the St. Louis Blues in the NHL. He most recently lead the “Rookie Development Camp” for the Nashville Predators. Due to his work ethic, his leadership characteristics, his ability to teach, and his ability to work with the players, he has developed a very good reputation in North America.

The position in Mannheim is Jay Leach’s first assignment as an assistant coach. The 34 year old (US) American has extensive experience as a player. Between 2005 and 2011 he played as a Defenseman in 70 NHL games for the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadians, and the San Jose Sharks. He also played in 560 AHL games, scoring 26 goals and earning 68 assists. He was drafted in 1998 by the Phoenix Coyotes in the fifth round as the 115 draft pick. He and his brother Andrew founded the “Leach Brothers Hockey Academy” which is responsible for training Defensemen.

The Boys are Back in Town Party – 1 August at the SAP Arena


The summer break is slowly coming to an end and the Adler have planned their traditional “Boys are Back in Town Party” for 1 August starting at 19.00 at the SAP Arena. The traditional Adler Party is when the new team under Trainer Geoff Ward will be presented for the first time to the public. This year the party will be held on the grounds of the SAP Arena between entrances A and B. All fans are invited starting at 18.00 for cold drinks and small snacks.

As in previous years Adler Stadium Announcer Udo Scholz and Radio Regenbogen Sports Broadcaster Anti Soramies will act as moderators for the evening. The bands “Swedish Surprise Act” and “F-Flow” as well as a DJ from Radio Regenbogen will provide the evenings music.

Located beside the Food Stands from Eurest Sports & Food GmbH, will be a merchandising stand so that fans can purchase fan articles for the upcoming season. There will also be an information stand from the Fan Project.

After the official introduction of the team, the players will then mingle among the fans providing autographs as well as chatting with the fans.

Park lot P1 will be open for free parking for anybody traveling by auto. Admission to the party is free for all.

The Adler are looking forward to seeing you there.

Adler Sign Six New Players for the 2014-15 Season


So far The Adler Mannheim have signed six new players for the upcoming season.

They have acquired two new Forwards. Andrew Joudrey a 30 your old Canadian is transferring from the Springfield Falcons of the AHL and has signed a one year contract and Jamie Tardif a 29 year old Canadian that is transferring in from the Rochester Americans also of the AHL. Tardif has also signed a one year contract with Mannheim.

Three new Defensemen will help round out the Adler’s Defense. Robert Raymond, who played last year for the Iserlohn Roosters of the DEL is a 29 year old Canadian and has signed a one year contract with the Adler. Danny Richmond, who spent last year playing for the Red Bull Munich of the DEL is a 29 year old American (US) and has signed a contract until 2016. Sian Akdag is joining Mannheim from the Krefeld Pinguine, he is a 24 year old German and also has a contract until 2016.

Goalie Youri Ziffzer is the sixth addition to Mannheim and played last year for the Cologne Haie (Sharks). He is a 27 year old German and has signed a two year deal with the Adler.

For more information on these players or any other Adler Mannheim player please click on the team link located at the upper right part of your screen.

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