Hello everyone! This is the page where I will share with you my experiences of traveling with, and broadcasting games of, the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 2 Select Hockey Team as we travel through Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France and Italy from Dec. 26th, 2009 to Jan. 7th, 2010 through words, pictures, and video. Enjoy! Steve

WSR To Broadcast Select Games

In a last minute scheduling adjustment, the 2009-10 Select hockey games in Europe against teams from Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and France will be broadcast live on WebSports Radio.com's Live TV starting with game one against Val Vanoise on Tuesday, December 29th at 8:45 pm European time from Pralognan, France - (1:45 pm Central) or 2:45 pm Eastern.

All games will be videocast live, as long as we have high-speed Internet capabilities, which at this point we should. The live feed can be accessed clicking on WebSports Radio broadcast link in this story or below at right.

Steve Casson and Phil Sweeney, an Assistant Coach with Davenport University, will bring you all the action. The pre-game show will be 10 minutes before game time.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Day 8 - Germering, Germany

Day 8 – Fussen, Germany, January 2nd, 2010 - waking up early again, everyone met the bus at the ice rink for an 8:30am departure.

Our first stop was in Dachau, a concentration camp for political prisoners set up in 1933. (Munich is in the big box on the map, and Dachau is in the smaller box above. Germering, where the Select Team plays tonight, is west of Munich.)

It served as a model for all subsequent concentration camps and was under the command of the SS. In the 12 years of its existence, over 200,000 persons from throughout Europe were incarcerated here and in the numerous subcamps.

More than 43,000 died. On April 29, 1945, U.S. troops liberated the survivors.

It was amazing and difficult to fully grasp what had taken place at Dachau since most of the barraks and chanbers were destroyed. The SS wanted to remove all traces of what had taken place.

Below is a memorial to those killed.

The entrance to Dachau.

During our visit, we were treated to a snow fall. I was taken aback how something so beautiful could take place in a place that had so much ugliness happen on its grounds.

The order to open Dachau.

A memorial set up in the courtyard to remember those persecuted. This depicts what people - who at first did not believe happened to those sent to Dachau - saw when they finally took a look at the deceased piled in mass storage areas before being sent to mass graves.

After the U.S. liberated the camp in 1945, those responsible were tried for their crimes. The names below represent the results of the trial findings and their fate.

After Dachau we headed for the rink in Germering for the third game of the European tour against the Wanderers. The Selects' first game is on video!!  Yea!  They won 5-3 in a great game.

Here's the opening faceoff, but the link to the full game is below.

Here's the link to the game --->  Click here!  Keep in mind the first 5 minutes doesn't have my play by play on it and the game starts at the 23:00 mark. I didn't realize a setting was wrong. Perhaps that's a good thing?? Ha!

For a game tracker, scoring summary ---> Click here!

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