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Hockey Fights Cancer: Ehrhoff's story

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Christian Ehrhoff was a team-high plus-36 last season and there's a reason why. The Canucks defenceman makes smart decisions.

Before playing in the NHL was even a possibility, Ehrhoff made the smartest decision of all and his father is alive today because of it.

When Ehrhoff, a native of Moers, Germany, was 16-years-old, his father Achin was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer characterized by the spread of disease from one lymph node group to another leading to the development of systemic symptoms with advanced disease.

Ehrhoff was coming off a successful 10 goal-24 point season with the Krefeld junior team, which had garnered attention from North American major junior teams. The opportunity to expand his hockey horizon was there, unfortunately the timing was not.

"I had the option to go play junior hockey in Canada and we as a family made the decision that I would stay home and take a different path," said Ehrhoff.

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