For that the uneven duo made their way to the DEB office in Munich. Mauer is a 32-year-old veteran who won Olympic silver with Germany in 2018 while 19-year-old Seider is a top prospect on his way from Adler Mannheim to the Detroit Red Wings.
They learned about league operations, camps, coach education, transfers and player licences, finance and the structure for marketing, events and communications. And they share their tour with you in this video by the DEB and Dominik Thalau. (English subtitles available starting at 0:34.)
For Mauer that time may naturally come faster but he’s still on the ice with a contract for another year at Red Bull Munich.
“It was a great possibility to go through the departments and get insight what happens,” said Mauer. “It was interesting to see how we try to move the sport of ice hockey forward. Because I’m educating myself it’s interesting to see what happens at the association and what activities could be interesting for me later. I still have some good years ahead of me to enjoy as an athlete, but nevertheless one cares more intensively about the end of the career the older you become.”
For the German Ice Hockey Association this project was an opportunity to raise awareness for players about planning their life but also about different possibilities in hockey.
“For us it’s important to use the opportunity to grant active players insight into the work of the association. We think that it’s important that they already care about the time after the career early on and think what’s possible in their own sport,” said DEB Sport Director Stefan Schaidnager.
“They have surely recognized what it’s all about and that players sometimes imagine things to be easier that they actually are. I think we were able to illustrate to them well the complexity and will pursue such formats because we are also very interested in the future orientation of our players.”