Remembering Schindler
by Martin Merk|09 DEC 2022
Eckard Schindler at a post-game ceremony during the 2017 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship.
photo: Rene Miko
Former German player and official Eckard Schindler passed away after short but severe illness at the age of 72.

“Ecki” as he was known by his hockey friends was active in the past years as anti-doping officer of the German Ice Hockey Association (DEB) and was a long-time committee member at the International Ice Hockey Federation (Competition & Inline Committee).

Born in 1950, Schindler was a Bundesliga player for Riessersee, Augsburg, Cologne and Kaufbeuren and later also worked as a team manager for the German men’s national team (1999-2002).

Within the DEB he worked for a clean sport and to make the DEB a leading organization in the battle against doping in his country and to involve people with prevention initiatives.

In the international hockey family he was well known as inline hockey officer for the DEB during which time he organized several IIHF Inline Hockey World Championships in Germany.

“The news touches us deeply. Ecki was not only a great player and friend but over decades an incredibly reliable, faithful and engaged supporter of ice hockey – at national and international level. My thoughts are with his family,” IIHF Council member Franz Reindl said about the passing of his long-time companion and friend.

“It’s a big loss for us. With Eckard Schindler we lost a personality, who did not only shape our association but German ice hockey and inline hockey over many years. Our thoughts are with his family and relatives,” said DEB President Peter Merten.