Gaëtan Haas very happy to have been able to play again

Gaëtan Haas very happy to have been able to play again
Gaëtan Haas very happy to have been able to play again

At the end of Switzerland’s success against Finland at the World Championship in Prague, one man was happy to have been able to play again. Injured after the first match, Gaëtan Haas enjoyed sweating on the ice.

One man was particularly in demand by the press at the end of the game: Gaëtan Haas. Starting against Norway on Friday in the first match of the tournament, the Zealander spent the next five matches on the sidelines due to an upper body injury, according to the official report. Always in a good mood, the captain of HC Bienne spoke about this inevitably complicated period to live through.

‘I’m happy to be there,’ he noted straight away. It was a long, frustrating road. There were many steps. It wasn’t certain that I would be able to play again, but we did everything necessary. I’m happy to have passed this stage. In the end the legs were heavy, but that’s part of it.’

The Biennois also explains what he went through: ‘Physically, the start of the match was complicated, because there was no real big training, so I had to get back in shape with one or two coaches and two -three players. There is the frustration at the beginning. You say to yourself: why me? Why now? You’re putting yourself in a bit of a hole. you have to accept it. But I had support from everyone.’

The decision finally came Tuesday morning. ‘I had to see how I woke up. There’s still something nice to look for and I told myself that I couldn’t go in like that. So yes, on the first loads you go a little less hard, but the body reacted rather well.’

During this period of doubt, Gaëtan Haas watched the matches at the hotel in his room. ‘I just came to see the one against Canada, because I was fed up with this hotel room,’ he says, smiling. I had to get out. The atmosphere was incredible and I was able to take this energy which pushed me well.’

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