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10-26-2009, 11:44 PM
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all i have ever heard is that he would have starred in the nhl but germany was more financially lucrative for him.how goosd was he?was he a jagr type of players?any you tube clips?

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He has been nominated the "German Hockey Player of the Century" by the German Hockey Hall of Fame. I've summarized some overall stats for you. He spent nearly his entire career playing for Landshut in the German Major League (1. Bundesliga).



Top Scorer Bundesliga 1972/73, 1973/74, 1977/78, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83 and 1983/84
Top-Scorer Bundesliga Play-Offs 1981/82, 1982/83 and 1983/84
Most Goals Bundesliga 1973/74, 1979/80
All-Star Team Bundesliga 1976/77, 1977/78, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1981/82, 1982/83 and 1983/84
Player of the year 1976
Gustav-Jaenicke Cup (Best Scorer) 1973/74, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1982/83 and 1983/84
Fritz-Poitsch-Trophy (Best Goalscorer) 1973/74 and 1979/80
Xaver-Unsinn-Trophy (Most Assists) 1973/74, 1977/78, 1982/83 and 1983/84

Career Stats - Total
Regular Season

841 766 738 1504 1256


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IMHO the guy had all the tools to be a very good player in the NHL. 1st line material. He was big, strong and had golden hands. No mean streak to speak of. The guy was immovable in the slot and a very good playmaker. Good skater too. A poor mans Jagr if you will.

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Originally Posted by Eisen View Post
IMHO the guy had all the tools to be a very good player in the NHL. 1st line material. He was big, strong and had golden hands. No mean streak to speak of. The guy was immovable in the slot and a very good playmaker. Good skater too. A poor mans Jagr if you will.
i don't think Jagr is a good comparison at all

Kühnhackl while being a nice Stickhandler too, seldom to never beat his opposition with this dangling moves

he used his speed and size and just went around defenders or through them completely. Had an amazing Slapshot too and when he unloaded it coming down the ice at full speed he could even score from outside the blueline at times

in his dominant era mid 70's to early 80's was basically a one man wrecking crew and other Teams always keyed just on him defensively.

Normally I would say a player like him playing in a league with almost no players of comparable talent could never do it in a more even pool of talent, cause he never learned or adjusted to it

but he was Top Scorer several times at the Olympics and at World Championships too, so he proved he could.

He always looked like a grown up man playing with kids, I should mention that Big Centers at the time like Esposito, Zhlukthov gave up 3 inches and about 20 pounds on Kühnhackl. There were a few Players as Big back then, but none of whom i can remember being remotely close to being as good a skater as Kühnhackl, especially not in the Pre-Tuuk-Blade era.

I would not say he had no mean Streak, it was more like nobody would liken to make him mad and the few who did, paid for it. A bit like Chara nowadays

I only know of this clip in youtube with a bit of footage


(dont know how to embed)

Kühnhackl is the tall guy at 1.00 to 1.10 and 1.20 to 1.40

giving you a good impression how huge he was in comparison to the other players
the guys you see close to him were by no means small guys at the time

Kühnhackl looked a little bit like Larry Robinson as he seems to be lanky, which was disguising his amazing body strength. (Robinson gives up 2'' and maybe a few pounds as well though)

Why did he never make it to the NHL ?

For once he was obviously paid very well here.
It was said he had an Big Offer from the Rangers, but he is and was a rather ordinary and homebound guy, who is not a big talker in German, let alone in other languages if he can speak any at all.

Many see him as not exactly the brightest Light under the sun and think he can not really survive in a City in Germany, not to speak of in another Country on another Continent.

For my Part
I can say it was a huge Privilege to have seen him play for 3 years in Cologne and in my memories there was never before or after a single Player as dominant here at his time than Kühnhackl. And over the years we brought along some pretty good guys like Uli Hiemer,Uwe Krupp, Sergey Berezin and Jozef Stümpel just to speak of Guys that had a NHL Career in their future

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