The International Ice Hockey Federation announced today that San Jose Sharks center Marcel Goc and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff were named to Germany’s men’s ice hockey team for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. The Olympics will be held from Feb. 15-23 in Torino, Italy.
Goc has competed with Team Germany at the 2001, 2003, and 2005 World Championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Goc, who was just 15-years old when he started his international career, played on his first of three successive German teams at the Under-20 World Junior Championships (B-Pool) in 1999. His other international experience includes competing at the Under-18 World Junior Championships in 2000 and the Under-20 World Junior Championship (A-Pool) in 2002.
The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Calw, Germany currently leads all Sharks rookies with seven goals this season. His 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 32 games are tied for the team lead among all Sharks rookies. Goc made his Sharks debut in the 2004 Stanley Cup Playoffs, notching the game-winning, series-clinching assist in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarter-Finals against St. Louis and scored the game-winning, series-clinching goal in Game Six of the Western Conference Semi-Finals against Colorado.
Goc was originally drafted by San Jose in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (1st round, 20th overall).
Ehrhoff has appeared with Team Germany in the 2002, 2003, and 2005 World Championships, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and the 2002 Olympic Games. He began his international career in 1999 as he competed in his first of two Under-18 World Junior Championships. Ehrhoff also played in two Under-20 World Championships in the B-pool for Germany.
The six-foot-two, 195-pound native of Moers, Germany has five assists in 22 games this season. He produced one goal and 11 assists during his rookie season in 2003-04 with the Sharks. Ehrhoff spent the 2004-05 season with the Cleveland Barons, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, where he was named to the AHL All-Star team and led all team defensemen with 35 points (12 goals, 35 assists).
He was originally drafted by San Jose in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (4th round, 106th overall).
Goaltender Thomas Griess, a Sharks 3rd round pick in 2004, was also named to the team. Greiss is currently playing the German Elite League (DEL) with Koln.