The Wild Wings welcome the Kölner Haie on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.). It will be a very special evening for Sebastian Uvira. For eight years he was actually an integral part of Cologne.
It was early June when Sebastian Uvira had just returned from his vacation and was suddenly asked to speak to the people in charge in Cologne. Despite his current contract until 2023, the 29-year-old was advised to look for a new club. Coach Uwe Krupp no longer planned with the striker. The Cologne coach relied on new signings such as Carter Proft (DEG) or the Canadian Nick Baptiste (most recently Finland) on the offensive. The Haie’s new goals: After three years, things should be clearly on the up again. There was no more room for Uvira. Uwe Krupp and Co. had told him in the spring that there was nothing to the rumors about separating from him. On that June day, a world collapsed for the native of Freiburg. He felt at home in Cologne, the fans loved him, his partner had just moved in with him.
Uvira’s feelings before reuniting with the ex-colleagues
It took Sebastian Uvira three days to digest the shock. Then he stepped on the gas: “Now I’m just going to try a new start somewhere else.” It’s now clear: the physically very present left-handed shooter and the Wild Wings fit perfectly. “I feel incredibly comfortable here in Schwenningen and look forward to seeing the boys every day. We’re developing well,” he says.
His feelings before meeting his unique teammate from Cologne? “There is a lot of anticipation. But I also want to show certain people that it was a mistake to send me away from Cologne.”
Sebastian Uvira still knows exactly what’s going on in the Haien team. His contacts in the cathedral city are still very good. But for the native of Freiburg only the Wild Wings count. “We have come to terms with our defeat in Ingolstadt and now we want to do better on Wednesday. That alone counts.”
Wild Wings coach Harold Kreis’s outlook
The new Schwenninger coach Harold Kreis appreciates this great will and eagerness to learn in his team: “We clearly addressed our deficits against Ingolstadt in the training session on Tuesday, and the boys immediately implemented it on the ice “, he reports.
Harold Kreis expects a Cologne team “that is also looking for the game and wants to play off its offensive strengths against us – also with its strong power play (with a 41.7 percent success rate currently the best DEL team, editor’s note)”. However, five points from the first four games in the “predators” are only an average start to the season.
The desire of Cologne striker Nick Baptiste
“We want to play more efficiently in Schwenningen than we did last time and get our first away win,” announces Cologne striker Nick Baptiste. Newly signed defender Ryan Stanton will be absent from the Rhinelanders on Wednesday due to a hand fracture.