'Pegger could skate for Germany

JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

It took just one skate with Team Germany to make their mouths water.

And they were so impressed with Winnipeg's Larissa Blumenschein that they invited the 14-year-old to attend the national team's training camp in Germany this August.

"Since that practice, I was talking to the German team and they invited me," Blumenschein said yesterday. "It's very exciting."

Blumenschein, the daughter of Team Germany host Brigitta Smutny, was asked to practise with the Germans during one training session at the Winter Club to compare her hockey development to the young German players.

"I have dual citizenship so I can play for Germany," said the Grade 8 student who speaks German fluently.

Blumenschein plays defence for the Titans, who recently won the city's AA Bantam championship.

The Germans will cover the cost of the flight and room and board for both mother and daughter.

"She is very young and we don't have a lot of players in Germany," German coach Peter Kathan explained through an interpreter who just happened to be Smutny (who hails from Germany herself). "We have an 18-and-under team and she has the potential to play in Germany."

The Germans already employ Nikola Holmes, who has both U.S. and German citizenship so this would not be a first. It will, however, be a first for a young Winnipeg lass.


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