Ice Hockey star Leon Draisaitl announced as newest Laureus Ambassador. Laureus Ambassadors such as Roman Weidenfeller, Fredi Bobic, Stefan Blöcher, Maro Engel, Moritz Fürste, Markus Salcher as well as Academy member Maria Höfl-Riesch welcome the German ice hockey star as the newest member of the Laureus family.
Leon Draisaitl has become one of the best ice hockey professionals in the world and is currently preparing for the playoffs in the North American professional league NHL. The 24-year-old forward became the first German-born player to win the Art Ross Trophy as the leading point scorer in the NHL. He has achieved greatness in his sport and he joins the Laureus family with a clear goal of supporting Laureus’ mission and using the power of sport to help young people overcome violence, discrimination and disadvantage.
“Leon Draisaitl is one of the biggest sportsmen around - not just in ice hockey. Especially for the disadvantaged children and young people in our programmes, it is a huge motivation and inspiration to see idols personally act as role models and advisors for them” says Paul Schif, Managing Director of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Germany, Austria.
Because of his connection to ice hockey, he is particularly interested in the foundation's KICK on Ice program in Berlin, a programme which offers young people a safe space where they have access to sport and educational opportunities.
"Since my childhood, team spirit has always been at the forefront of my work. As an ice hockey player I know that one cannot achieve anything without the community. I wouldn't be where I am today without my teammates. I would like to convey these values to the children and young people," said Draisaitl.
Programme Director Jan Kaminski is also enthusiastic about Draisaitl’s appointment:
"We are so pleased that Leon Draisaitl wants to support Laureus Sport for Good and the kids! He is a great role model for the participants at KICK on Ice and we are overjoyed to have him on board. Hardly anyone can fool him on the ice at the moment - but who knows, maybe we could share some of our knowledge about working off the ice. Welcome to this wonderful sports family, Leon!"
Welcome to the team Leon Draisaitl and all the best for the upcoming NHL Play Offs!
Watch Leon being welcomed to the Laureus family