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The Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC) Eagles hockey organization consists of all branches of the U.S. military, dependents (16+), civil service, contractors, members of NATO and host nation. Kaiserslautern Military Community comprises of Vogelweh, Sembach, Kapaun, Ramstein, Miesau, Landstuhl, and Baumholder. Three Eagle teams (I, II, & III) compete in the Die Playa's Liga (German league), friendly games, and tournaments in five European countries.
The Die Players Liga (DPL) is the premier hobby league of Germany, with five divisions for ice hockey and three divisions for inline. There are thirty-two competitive teams from various levels of skill and talent. The DPL is sponsored by the Mannheim Adlers (pro team), Top-on-Ice, and Hooter restaurants.
KMC Eagles are proud supporters of our community, providing tons volunteer manhours to the USO, ROSC, and RESA organizations.
Mike Kwain was definitely the MVP of the game as he took shots from everywhere and stood up to the challenge!
We would like to start this recap of Saturday's game versus the Blue Devils to send well wishes from the whole Eagles organization to Blue Devil player Wolf Hüttinger, who was severely injured in Saturday's game. Wolf, we hope you have a safe and speedy recovery, you played an awesome game and we look forward to seeing you play in the future! From the whole Eagles organization, Get Well Soon!!!!
The Eagles took on the Blue Devils this past Saturday at Bob's in Mannheim! It was an incredible action packed game that kept both players and fans on their feet!
The Eagles started off the game when Brock Gowie did a behind the back pass to Brandyn Shelly that hit the goalies skate and went in!!
It was action packed as the puck went down from one end to the other and back again. The Eagles held them off, but the Devils manage to slip one in, tying the game 1-1.
KMC Eagles Inline team practicing in the "Shed".
May the "fourth" be with the Longhorn II as the Eagles Inline team skated out strong with a 10-6 win for their first game!!!
The Eagles have had 2 practices before this game, but it was hard to tell watching them as they played quite fluidly! Bob's was a big change in pace for them compared to the concrete floor they have been practicing at Josh Krape's work. However, watching them play on Saturday we saw 11 players come together and work as a great team!
Tom Holmen took a shot that was tipped by a player allowing Brandyn Shelly to get the puck rolling into the net within the first minute of the game! Four minutes later at 4:23, Shelly scored again.
After another four minutes passed, Todd Lutz had a very impressive goal that trickled through traffic and into the back of the net to bring the Eagles their 3rd goal. It only took the Eagles another minute for Josh Krape, with an assist by Mike Altigieri, to score giving the Eagles 4 goals in the first 10 minutes ...Read More
Justin Bunton launching the puck out to Tom Holmen.
The Eagles had an amazing opportunity to have one last day of some good ole' ice hockey at this year's DPL 3-on-3 Tournament in Viernheim Eishalle.
For this tournament, the ice is split into three sections and there are two games played consecutively in the two far zones. All the players hang out and drink beer in the center zone. The games are played width wise with goalies on each end.
We sent 1 team this year consisting of: Justin Bunton, Tim Duffy, Eric Helgeson, Tom Holmen, Joshua Krape, Brandyn Shelly, the acquired dangler Jake Howell, and Chris Wurst. The Eagles came out strong and held 1st place in their group until the very end of regular play.
Bunton definitely kept us in the games and would have not won as many if he wasn't the "wall" he was out there!
The boys had a hard fought game in the playoffs, but fell in the end. They finished with a 2-2-1 record for the tournament.
It was easy to see the enjoyment and excitemen ...Read More
Div 3/4 Team Winners with Tom Holmen and Brandyn Shelly from Eagles 2.
"Night of the Stars," was the title for this year's All-star game in Viernheim Eishalle, and they could not have picked a more perfect name as the best of the best came and played a game they love.
There were about 16 teams represented for each of the 2 games. (Division 3/4 & Division 1/2) They divided those 16 teams into 2 teams with about 2-3 players represented from each of the teams.
Each of the Eagles represented our organization as being the best of the best!! ...Read More
Scott Zwiers has been an irreplaceable member of this hockey family and only 2nd Eagle to have his number retired.
The food was great...the beer was great...the Bistro took great care of us...the Eagles flocked with over 70 showing up to celebrate the end of another GREAT season!Retirement of #28 - Scott Zwiers:
As some of the Eagles know, we are losing a long time pivotal piece in this great hockey organization.After much discussion, we have decided that Scott Zwier's contributions to this hockey family warranted him the greatest honor we could possibly give him by retiring his number, #28. His hockey resume more than shows that he is more than deserving of this great honor. Scott "Scotty" Zwiers is only the second Eagle to have his number retired only behind our legendary former Eagles President, Todd Poynter. We definitely caught Scotty off guard with the prestigious honor and he was extremely humbled. We all hope that he will be able to return to our family shortly in the future. To the right is what ...Read More