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Leon Draisaitl wants to finally achieve the Stanley Cup for himself and his Edmonton Oilers. © APA / BRUCE BENNETT

The great longing of Leon Draisaitl

Shortly before the Stanley Cup finals, Leon Draisaitl looks back on a hard and painful time with the Edmonton Oilers.

“There have been many disappointing years and a lot of pain that we have suffered. Elimination in the playoffs, missing the playoffs, that was a lot we've been through and to be here now is of course a relief," the ice hockey star told Sky broadcaster before the start of the series against the Florida Panthers. The best-of-seven series begins on Sunday night (2.00 a.m. CEST) in Sunrise, home of the Panthers.

For the first time in his career, the 28-year-old from Cologne and his team made it to the finals of the National Hockey League. However, the anticipation is greater than the nervousness, he said. “I’m happy of course, it’s been a long road. It's difficult to even get to this point and that's why I'm extremely proud of this team, but of course our goal now is the Stanley Cup." Draisaitl is four wins short of winning the Cup.

Draisaitl is also happy about the support at home. “I hope that as many people as possible tune in and watch the games, even if it's not exactly the perfect time in the middle of the night,” said the ice hockey star. The Oilers have been waiting for the sixth Stanley Cup in their history since 2006.

Schlagwörter: Hockey NHL Edmonton Oilers

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