Mannheim (dpa) – Marcel Goc thought of his son at perhaps the most beautiful moment in his career. Jonas said it was ok if the dad missed his birthday if he brought a medal, Goc said in February 2018.
The miracle of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games had come true with a 4: 3 in the century game against Canada. With Goc as captain, the German national ice hockey team ultimately won silver. “I still get goose bumps when I think about it,” Goc said, looking back.
The scene of Pyeongchang fits Goc, he is known as a family man. At the moment, however, the 36-year-old has a lot of time for his children just earlier than expected. His outstanding career came to an abrupt end due to the coronavirus pandemic.
When he found out that everything was suddenly over for him, Goc was taking his son to ice hockey training, and the daughter was there too. The German Ice Hockey League stopped its season two weeks ago. Without playoffs. Without a final game for Goc and without a lap of honor on which he could have said goodbye. At first, Goc felt like he was in the “wrong film”. «It is sad. Of course I would have wished him a much better ending, »said his Olympic colleague Christian Ehrhoff.
Goc would have deserved that too. But instead of struggling with the title candidate Mannheim closer to the playoff final these days, he now does homework with his son, plays board games or keeps fit in the garden.
The defensive attacker was used 699 times in the NHL and took part in eight world championships and three Olympic games. In 2010, when Germany surprised with fourth place at the home World Cup, Goc even shot the team in the semi-final against Russia (1: 2) in the lead. «He always represented our sport as a leader. Marcel is the flagship athlete par excellence, »praised association president Franz Reindl.
Goc had made his debut in the DEL at the age of 16 and played in the NHL for more than ten years for the San Jose Sharks, the Nashville Predators, the Florida Panthers, the Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis. Despite his vita, Goc was sometimes not particularly noticeable. Although he is a “sociable type” as Ehrhoff describes him, he is a “calm representative”.
When he couldn’t find a new NHL team and the constant long journeys as well as the risk of a sudden transfer became too much for him, he moved back to Mannheim. A year ago, the attacker celebrated his first title with the eagles after almost two decades in professional sports. Despite physical problems, he would have been ready for the playoffs.
Goc has not yet decided what his professional future will look like. But he wants to be preserved in ice hockey. Talks will follow with the Mannheim eagles, and opportunities could also arise at the German Ice Hockey Federation.
The last game for Goc was the main round final against Schwenningen. That, too, somehow suited him, as he said, because it was his first professional club. The eagles still want to think about a worthy conclusion for the captain.