The Cologne sharks have separated surprisingly by coach Peter Draisaitl. The former German national player must go after 14 months, the eight-time German Champions, the club from the German hockey League (DEL) announced on Monday. The Post the end of the canadian Dan Lacroix to the season, at the same time national coach of Lithuania.

“We have taken in the last few weeks, a very detailed analysis of our sporting range. As a result, we have taken decisions of which we are convinced that you will be the basis for sporting success, and the stabilization of the sharks,“ said sharks CEO Philipp Walter.

Draisaitl the dismissal was met with a surprise: “I didn’t see it coming, but I have to accept the decision,” said the 53-Year-old. “I can and want to say thank you for letting me work in Cologne, and I would have done it, of course, like longer,” the father of national team player and NHL professional Leon Draisaitl to the Cologne Express.

The sharks are after 41 of 52 game table, fifth days, and are on the verge of qualifying for the Play-offs. “We are convinced that a change of coach in the current Situation, and with respect to the main rounds-the final sprint and the upcoming Play-offs is necessary, the Team would be to develop, in spite of the extraordinary situation, sporty,” said sports Director Mark Mahon, whose contract should be extended for a further two years to 2021.

Lacroix was since the 2006/07 season with a one-year break in the NHL, the last four years as an assistant Coach with the Montreal Canadiens. He previously stood for the New York Rangers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Islanders as a Co-Trainer behind the gang. In his 14-year playing career, Lacroix was gained in 1997 with the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup final.