One of the most famous German ice hockey players of all time is without a doubt Gustav Jaenecke.
In his home town Berlin “Justav” was an idol for a lot of people.
When readers of the official German ice hockey magazine “EishockeyMagazin”
in the 1980’s voted for the best German players,
he was selected as a left wing all-time star more than 30 years after finishing his playing career.
At Berliner Schlittschuh-Club his star arose in the mid 1920‘s.
Jaenecke was the son of acobbler and was born on May 22, 1908 in Berlin.
He possessed the combination of fighting spirit anda great amount of skills.
He won his first German championship in 1924 (as substitute) and his 15thone in 1950.
Between 1928 and 1939 Jaenecke scored one forth of all goals on the German national
team and dominated the hockey scene together with his longtime sidekick Rudi Ball.
Jaenecke was not only a great hockey player he was also a formidable tennis player, winning the
German Tennis championship in 1932 as well as being a Davis Cup member on five occasions.
After World War II Gustav Jaenecke relocated to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and
achieved another 3 championships with SC Riessersee.
Then finally in 1951 at the age of 42 he decided to call it quits,ending a splendid playing career.
A few days before his birthday in 1995,
Germany’s probably best ice hockey player of all time passed away.
Merits ice hockey
1923 – 1945 Berliner Schlittschuh-Club (BSC)
1945 – 1951 Sportclub Riessersee (SCR)
15 x German champion: 1924-1926, 1928-1933, 1936, 1937 (11 x BSC), 1944 (KSG BSC/Brandenburg),
1947, 1948, 1950 (3 x SCR)
3 x runner-up: 1938-1940 ( BSC)
3 x winner of Spengler Cup: 1924, 1926, 1928
International matches: 82 – 43 goals
Runner-up at the World and European Championship 1930
3rd place at the World and European Championship 1934
Bronze medal at the Olympic Games 1932
3rd place at the European Championship: 1927, 1933, 1936-1939
German champion: 1932
German Davis Cup team: 5 times
© SIHSS, Stephan Müller 2004