Who is the Best German Hockey Player Ever?

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  1. robertmac43

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    With the Olympics going on and the big upset over Sweden I have been wondering who is the best German player of all time. Thoughts?

    Also the German jerseys are freaking amazing at these Olympics!
     
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    Erich Kühnhackl,Leon Draisaitl
     
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    Erich Kuhnhackl by far....he could have been NHL star.
     
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    Kühnhackl and it's not even close. Honorable mention to Udo Kießling.
     
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    Kuhns sr. No doubt about that
     
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    In relation to the peers in their era, I'm pretty sure Erich would take the cake.
    Leon Draisaitl may change this. We'll see ...
     
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    I'd go with Kühnhackl aswell, honorable mention to Didi Hegen for his speed, skill and unreal stats.
     
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    Hegen - 2x Truntschka might have a claim to best line tbh. Neither Hegen nor Gerd Truntschka (certainly not Bernd) trumps Kühnhackl, but they sure were fun together.
     
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    Erich Kühnhackl is the clear number one. Leon Draisaitl might change that one day.

    I think Marco Sturm and Uwe Krupp should be considered in the next tier with guys like Kießling and Hegen.
    A few other names I want to throw out there are Uli Hiemer, Helmut Steiger and Miro Sikora (I am biased because he was my first favourite hockey player ever).

    It's always difficult to include goalies in such a conversation, so maybe they should be viewed separately, but we have had some really good goalies.
    Obviously there is Olaf Kölzig, but there were also Helmut de Raaf, Josef Heiß, Klaus Merk and Karl Friesen.
    I probablyhave forgotten someone.
     
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    That's a good point. As Rosenheimer my obvious choice is Karl Friesen, though I've always thought highly of de Raaf and Peppi Heiß aswell. Another pick of mine would be Robert Müller, undersized but great positioning and reflexes.
     
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    I agree about Müller, unfortunately his career and worse, his life was cut short by cancer. Even after he was diagnosed with cancer he had some impressive performances. Including that playoff game in 2008 with 6 OTs, where he literally made 100 saves or close to it, I am not entirely sure what the number was.

    I always considered de Raaf the best goalie in those days, but I liked Friesen's style of play the most. I remember him as always being so cool and calm almost stoic. He never seemed to move any more than he had to.
     
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    was not peter draisaitl a good player?
     
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    Yeah, Rob's life got cut way too short. :(

    Karl Friesen did not just look stoic & calm on ice, he was also a shy and soft spoken person off the ice. I remember one of his interviews in particular, talking about his NA career. He didn't want to play the rough & tough style the NHL sported back then and prefered to play in Europe. A true legend of Rosenheim's hockey!
     
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    No mention of Walt Tkachuk or Jochen Hecht? Maybe not the best ever but they deserve to be mentioned.
     
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    Erich Kühnhackl
    Udo Kießling
    Dieter Hegen
     
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    Gerd Truntschka belongs to that list;)
     
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