Gustav Jaenecke

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Gustav Jaenecke
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1998
Gustav Jaenecke, Christian Boussus, 1932.jpg
Gustav Jaenecke (left) with Christian Boussus
Born (1908-05-22)22 May 1908
Berlin, German Empire
Died 30 May 1985(1985-05-30) (aged 77)
Bonn, West Germany
Position Left Wing
National team  Germany
Playing career 1923–1950
Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Representing  Germany
Bronze medal – third place 1932 Lake Placid Ice Hockey

Gustav "Justav" Jaenecke (22 May 1908 – 30 May 1985) was a German ice hockey player who competed in the 1928 Winter Olympics, in the 1932 Winter Olympics, and in the 1936 Winter Olympics, and tennis player who played in three International Lawn Tennis Challenge ties for Germany.

He was born in Berlin, German Empire and died in Bonn, West Germany.

Ice hockey[edit]

In 1928 he participated with the German ice hockey team, in the Olympic ice hockey tournament.

Four years later he won the bronze medal with the German team. He played all six matches and scored one goal.

In the 1933 World Ice Hockey Championships he scored two goals in a round robin match against Poland in Group B of the European tournament draw.[1]

In the 1935 World Ice Hockey Championships in Davos, Switzerland he scored two goals against Poland in the ninth place game of the tournament.[2]

At the 1936 Olympic ice hockey tournament he played all six matches and scored three goals. His teammate Rudi Ball was half-Jewish, and thus was initially overlooked for selection in the German ice hockey team. Jaenecke, his good friend refused to play unless Ball was included. With much controversy Ball was finally included in the German team to play at the 1936 Olympic games.[3]

He was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 1998.


In 1931 he was ranked third on the German tennis rankings after reaching the final of the German Tennis Championships that year where he bowed to Roderich Menzel.[4] Jaenecke played for Germany in the International Lawn Tennis Challenge ties against Italy (in the 1932 Europe Zone final), Japan and Egypt. The same year he won the German National Tennis Championships.[5] In 1935 he was a runner-up for the national title again that time losing it to Gottfried von Cramm.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Jaenecke was the youngest son of a wealthy banker. He had three siblings. He overtook his wife's family shoe factory in early 1930s. In 1939, he published his autobiography Jagd hinter dem Puck. During the Second World War, the Nazi government ordered special shoes for people with disabilities from his company. Considered vital to the war effort, he could never be enlisted in the army and could stay in Berlin. At the end of the war, he was forced to abandon his factory located in the east of the city, which fell under Soviet control. He moved to Hannover and tried unsuccessfully to open a new shoe factory. With the intervention of a childhood friend, he became a member of the board of directors of a casino in Bad Neuenahr. It also managed the Redoute a famous ballroom in Bad Godesberg, and Bonner Press Club, a group of journalists from Bonn. In 1975, he became the principal shareholder of Casino Berlin. The management company still bears his name.[3][7]

Gustav Jaenecke married Elisabeth "Lisa" von Dobeneck, former wife of another German tennis star Gottfried von Cramm.[8] They divorced and Lisa married Wolfgang Amman.[9]


  1. ^ "Csehszlovákia nyerte meg Európa jéghokki bajnokságát" [Czechoslovakia won the European ice hockey championships] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. February 1933. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kanada a jéghokki világbajnok" [Canada, ice-hockey world champion] (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Huszadik század. January 1935. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Der Star des Schlittschuhklubs" [The star of the skate club]. (in German). Cologne, Germany: Deutschlandradio. 22 May 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Béla Kehrling, ed. (1 November 1931). "A német hivatalos erőlista" [The official German rankings] (PDF). Tennisz és Golf (in Hungarian). Budapest, Hungary: Egyesült Kő-, Könyvnyomda. Könyv- és Lapkiadó Rt. III (20): 394. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Deutscher Meister Herren-Einzel" [German Champions Men's singles]. (in German). Hamburg, Germany: Deutscher Tennis Bund. Archived from the original on 1 August 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "General cable news". The Sydney Morning Herald. Sydney, Australia: John Fairfax and Sons. 105 (30,443): 10. 30 July 1935. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Der Eiserne Gustav" [The Iron Gustav]. (in German). Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe. 22 May 2008. Archived from the original on 25 April 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Tennis-Baron Cramm: Fair Play wichtiger als Siege" [Tennis Baron Cramm: Fairplay is more important than victories]. (in German). WAZ New Media GmbH & Co. KG. 7 July 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Nicolai Clarus (2010). Mann für Mann. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 1411. ISBN 9783643106933. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 

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