All players are expected to report in Munich by the weekend of August 4-5. Ice practice is going to start August 6
and will consist of two daily shifts from Monday to Wednesday. August 8, the team will be heading to Geneva, Switzerland . For the second year in a row, multi-team owner Phil Anschutz will gather his European franchises for a three-day tournament. From August 10-12
, defending champion Munich will face off against host Servette Geneva (Switzerland), the London Knights (United Kingdom), Sparta Prag (Czech Republic) und DEL rival Eisbären Berlin.
The Barons will then return to Munich, where they will host the Krefeld Pinguine (DEL) for their only preseason game on home ice, Friday, August 17
at Munich´s Olympia-Eisstadion. A week later, August 24
, the Barons will make the two-hour drive north to Nuremberg, where they are going to take on former Barons defenseman Chris Luongo and the Nürnberg Ice Tigers.
A seven-day tournament in Lugano, Switzerland, will conclude Munich´s preseason. From Monday, August 27
, to Sunday, September 2
, the Barons will participate in a five-team competition, including a rematch of this year´s DEL finals with Adler Mannheim. Other participants are host HC Lugano, Swiss league-rival Fribourg-Gotteron (Schweiz, NLA) and Swedish Elitserien club Brynäs Gävle.
The Barons are scheduled to open the regular season at home, September 7
, against defending champion Adler Mannheim. But Munich has contacted DEL league offices in an effort to change the schedule. As they could end up playing Mannheim twice at Lugano, the season opener could be the second or even third meeting of the two teams within a fortnight.