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Position Defence
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Vancouver Canucks
San Jose Sharks
Nationality Flag of Germany German
Born July 6 1982 (1982-07-06) (age 27),
Moers, West Germany
NHL Draft 106th overall, 2001
San Jose Sharks
Pro Career 1999 – present
Website http://www.ehrhoff.com/


Christian Ehrhoff (born July 6, 1982) is a German professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Drafted 106th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Ehrhoff began his career in Germany with EV Duisburg of the Oberliga and Krefeld Pinguine of the and Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), with whom he won a German championship in 2003. Ehrhoff joined the NHL with the Sharks in 2003–04 where he spent five seasons before being traded to the Canucks prior to the 2009–10 season.

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Playing career

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German career (1999–2003)

Ehrhoff turned pro in 1999–00 with EV Duisburg of the Oberliga, Germany's second-tier ice hockey league, at the age of 17. During his rookie season, in which he scored 15 points in 41 games for EV Duisburg, he also debuted in Germany's premier DEL, playing nine games for the Krefeld Penguins. The following season, he joined the Penguins full-time and was draftd 106th overall by the San Jose Sharks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft after 14 points in his rookie DEL season. Ehrhoff was one of three Germans selected by the Sharks that year, along with Marcel Goc and Dimitri Pätzold. He found out about his selection over the internet, as the later rounds of the draft are not televised.

Ehrhoff continued to play for Krefeld and won a German championship in his final season with the club in 2003, a campaign in which he scored a German career-high 27 points in 48 games. He also added nine points in the post-season.

NHL career (2003–present)

Ehrhoff joined the Sharks in 2003–04, while also spending time with the Sharks' minor league affiliate, the Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL). He recorded 12 points in 41 games for the Sharks in his rookie NHL season, as well as 14 points in 27 games with the Barons. He began asserting himself early in his NHL career as an excellent skater with offensive capabilities. Ehrhoff then played a full season with the Barons in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout, tallying 35 points in 79 games.

Returning to the Sharks in 2005–06, Ehrhoff improved tremendously during the second half of the season, increasing his muscle mass and adjusting to the speed of the NHL game. After a 23-point campaign, Ehrhoff signed a two-year contract worth $1.7 million in the off-season. He responded with a career-high 33 points in 2006–07. His numbers dipped back to 22 points in the 2007–08 season however. Playing under a defensive system that made the majority of San Jose's roster have bad years statistically, Ehrhoff improved his defensive play significantly.

Ehrhoff became a restricted free agent once more in July 2008 and re-signed with the Sharks to a three-year contract worth $9.3 million. The following season in 2008–09, he reached the 40-point mark for the first time in his career with 42 points in 77 games. In the off-season, Ehrhoff was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on August 28, 2009 along with Brad Lukowich in exchange for prospects Patrick White and Daniel Rahimi.

International play

As a junior, Ehrhoff competed for Germany's under-18 team in 1999 and 2000, before competing in Division-1 of the under-20 World Junior Championships in 2001 and 2002, earning back-to-back Top Defenceman honours, while leading the tournament in scoring both years.

Following his second under-20 appearance, Ehrhoff was named to Germany's senior team for the 2002 Winter Olympics, playing in seven games as the second youngest player in the tournament. Several months later, he made his third international appearance of the year at the 2002 World Championships, scoring five points in seven games. He made his second World Championships appearance in 2003, but failed to register a point.

After his rookie season in the NHL, Ehrhoff competed for Germany in the 2004 World Cup. The following year, he registered an assist in six games at the 2005 World Championships. He then made his second Olympic appearance at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, scoring two points in five games.

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 EV Duisburg GerObL 41 3 12 15 50
1999–00 Krefeld Penguins DEL 9 1 0 1 6 3 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Duisburg EV GerObL 6 1 2 3 12
2000–01 Krefeld Penguins DEL 58 3 11 14 73
2001–02 Krefeld Penguins DEL 46 7 17 24 81 3 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Krefeld Penguins DEL 48 10 17 27 54 14 3 6 9 24
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 41 1 11 12 14
2003–04 Cleveland Barons AHL 27 4 10 14 43 9 2 6 8 11
2004–05 Cleveland Barons AHL 79 12 23 35 103
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 64 5 18 23 32 11 2 6 8 18
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 10 23 33 63 11 0 2 2 6
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 1 21 22 72 10 0 5 5 14
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 77 8 34 42 63 6 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 341 25 107 132 244 38 2 13 15 40

Awards

External links

  • Official Website
  • Ehrhoff's Profile on San Jose Sharks
  • Christian Ehrhoff at TSN.ca
  • Christian Ehrhoff's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database

This article uses material from the "Christian Ehrhoff" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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