11 January 2010
Christian Ehrhoff was born July 6th, 1982 in Moers, Germany. Ehrhoff, a 6'2" defenceman, weighs in at 200 lbs and has a left handed shot. He gets plenty of time on the powerplay and has been very consistent on the blue line this year for the Canucks. He also loves video games.
So besides his love for video games, what do we know about Ehrhoff?
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He played in Germany for the EV Duisburg before moving up to the top tier league playing for the Krefeld Pinguine of the DEL. He was selected 106th overall in the 4th round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. After getting drafted, he spent two years playing in the DEL before splitting his time between the Sharks and the AHL Cleveland Barons
Christian Ehrhoff was acquired by the Vancouver Canucks this past summer from the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks were trying to offload payroll in order to make room for Dany Heatley, so they traded Christian Ehrhoff and Brad Lukowich to the Canucks in return for a bag of pucks.
Back in San Jose, Christian Ehrhoff was already a top 4 defenceman logging big minutes on the blue line. But Sharks fans can tell you that Erhhoff could go through offensive vacations and was sometimes a defensive liability. In San Jose, he finished last season at a minus 12 and was known as the Error-hoff by some. Not so much anymore. He is still logging big minutes, but as of today, at a plus 23, he leads all defencemen in plus/minus and is second amongst all skaters right behind behind Alex Ovechkin who has 24. He's also in a tied with Doughty for second in the number of goals scored by a defenceman. Last night in the game where Vancouver took on Calgary, Ehrhoff logged 32:20 minutes.
He will be one of seven Canucks playing in the Olympics at home in Vancouver.
Even though he is only 27, has already participated in 2 Olympics. In 2002, he was the youngest player to participate. In 2006 he got his lone Olympic goal which came against the Roberto Luongo of Team Canada (they didn't win though, being beaten 5-1 by the Canadians). With the experience he will be expected to bring his leadership to the underdog German team.
“My first time was awesome,” said Ehrhoff, who was the second youngest player in the tournament in 2002. “It started with the opening ceremonies, which was one of the best experiences in my sports life, and we did really well in that tournament as an underdog and made it to the quarter-finals, which was a huge success for us, so it was an all around great experience."
“In Torino, it was a little different. I just came in a night before the first match so it was really rushed and the all around experience wasn’t as great as in Salt Lake City. And we didn’t do as good as before, so it was a little disappointing.” -Canucks.com
For something a little German, join Christian Ehrhoff and Marcel Goc talk about beer and how Ehrhoff eats like a girl.
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