Evan Kaufmann

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Evan Kaufmann
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Born (1984-10-31) October 31, 1984 (age 32)
Plymouth, MN, USA
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 167 lb (76 kg; 11 st 13 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Right
Played for DEG Metro Stars
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
National team  Germany
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2008–2015

Evan Kaufmann (born October 31, 1984) is a German-American former professional ice hockey forward who played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Playing career[edit]

Kaufmann, who is Jewish,[1] was born in Plymouth, Minnesota and graduated from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School at Plymouth in 2003.[2] His great-grandparents were murdered during the Holocaust.[3] At the University of Minnesota, Kaufmann played on the Golden Gophers hockey team and studied accounting at the Carlson School of Management. Kaufmann was a Western Collegiate Hockey Association scholar-athlete pick all four years at Minnesota.[4]

Kaufmann moved to Germany in 2008 and received German citizenship in order to play for the national team, DEG Metro Stars of Deutsche Eishockey Liga.[5] He is among the top scorers in the league. Kaufmann admits that his teammates are very curious about him being Jewish and often ask him questions. Kaufmann told the UK's Daily Mail: "I didn't have to think hard about it. It is a great honour but it will also be a very emotional moment for me when I hear the national anthem played."[6]

On February 16, 2012, Kaufmann agreed to leave DEG at season's end and signed with fellow DEL club, Nürnberg Ice Tigers,[7] where he played through the 2014-15 season. In July 2015, he announced his retirement from ice hockey.[8] He played a total of 315 games in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and won 17 caps for the German Men's National Team, including seven outings at the 2012 World Championships.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 River City Lancers USHL 60 20 30 50 33 3 0 2 2 2
2004–05 University of Minnesota WCHA 29 7 6 13 10
2005–06 University of Minnesota WCHA 40 5 8 13 22
2006–07 University of Minnesota WCHA 32 11 6 17 14
2007–08 University of Minnesota WCHA 45 9 10 19 58
2008–09 DEG Metro Stars DEL 44 9 17 26 24 16 2 0 2 8
2009–10 DEG Metro Stars DEL 56 11 23 34 30 3 0 1 1 4
2010–11 DEG Metro Stars DEL 52 21 24 45 22 9 1 3 4 6
2011–12 DEG Metro Stars DEL 52 19 23 42 42 7 6 5 11 6
2012–13 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 16 4 7 11 12 3 1 1 2 2
2013–14 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 48 16 24 40 20 6 4 1 5 6
2014–15 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 47 12 16 28 22 5 0 0 0 4
DEL totals 315 92 134 226 172 49 14 11 25 36

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Germany WC 12th 7 0 1 1 4
Senior totals 7 0 1 1 4

Career Update[edit]

Since retiring from professional hockey, Kaufmann took some much needed time away from the ice and now works as an investment banking analyst. He thoroughly enjoys his new line of work, where he uses his years of experience on the ice and charming persona to execute high-stressed mergers and acquisitions. In his last public interview, Kaufmann states, "I'm really enjoying my time away from hockey. This new job has been a different kind of challenge, and I very much enjoy the people I work with. I think this is a new calling for me, and I really hope to make a long, successful career out of it."


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Hockey Review: 2010–11; European Hockey League". Jewish Sports Review. 8 (87): 8–9. September–October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hockey Profile: Evan Kaufmann". Minnesota Golden Gophers. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Longman, Jere (February 19, 2012). "A Jewish Hockey Player at History's Indelible Crossroad". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Augustovitz, Roman (March 6, 2008). "Gophers teammates reach fork in the road". Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Roach and Kaufmann extend with Metro Stars" (in German). DEG Metro Stars. March 14, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Allan Hall (February 8, 2012). "Ice hockey star set to become one of handful of post-war Jews to represent Germany at international level". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved January 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Kaufmann agrees to contract with Ice Tigers" (in German). Nürnberg Ice Tigers. February 16, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ Sport1.de. "Evan Kaufmann von den Nürnberg Ice Tigers beendet seine Karriere". Sport1.de (in German). Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  9. ^ "GER". www.iihf.com. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 

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