BERLIN – Eisbären Berlin head coach Don Jackson was among 12 people presented with the Order of Merit of the State of Berlin on Wednesday by Mayor Klaus Wowereit.
“With the Order of Merit, we’re honouring personalities who render outstanding services to our city and its development. People, who achieve something through extraordinary effort,” Wowereit said in his speech. “Don Jackson came, saw and conquered. Since being head coach from the 2007-2008 season, his name is deeply connected with Eisbären Berlin and with success. And he has clear goals for the new season: inspiring hockey in the new arena, a successful debut into the new Champions Hockey League and the fourth DEL title. The performance of Don Jackson and his team increase the prestige of Berlin as a sports metropolis.”
The American was happy to receive the Order of Merit at the Red City Hall. “I’m very honoured. However, we all know that hockey is a team sport. Thus, the acknowledgement should go to the players and the work of Peter John Lee, Pierre Pagé, Hartmut Nickel, Jeff Tomlinson and all employees of the organization,” Jackson said. “And to the fans of Eisbären Berlin. You’re the best!”
Richie Regehr out for six weeks
Canadian defenceman Richie Regehr broke his pinky, which didn’t recover while using a splint. “Therefore, we have decided to go with a plastic cast,” team doctor Jens Ziesche said. Eisbären will have to go without Regehr for about six weeks.