Helmut de Raaf

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Helmut de Raaf
Born (1961-11-05) November 5, 1961 (age 55)
Neuss, West Germany
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 174 lb (79 kg; 12 st 6 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for DEL
Düsseldorfer EG
Mannheim Eagles
National team  West Germany 
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1981–2001

Helmut de Raaf (born November 5, 1961) is a German former professional ice hockey goaltender. He is a member of the German ice hockey Hall of Fame.[1]

Playing career[edit]

He made his debut in German top-flight Bundesliga for Düsseldorfer EG during the 1981-82 season. In 1983, de Raaf signed with local rivals Kölner EC and moved back to Düsseldorf in 1988. At the end of his playing career, he played for Adler Mannheim. De Raaf has won eleven German national championships as a player (84, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 93, 96, 00, 01)[2] and was named German ice hockey player of the year in the 92-93 season.[3]


De Raaf competed for West Germany in the 1988 Winter Olympics, and for Germany in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics. He also competed in five ice Hockey World Championships for West Germany/Germany between 1985 and 1993.[4] He won a total of 114 caps for the German national team.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

A longtime head coach of Adler Mannheim’s under 18 squad, he led the team to several German championship titles. He was named an assistant coach of the Germany national ice hockey team for competition at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.[6] From 2013 to 2015, de Raaf served as assistant coach of EHC München in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL), followed by a single season as head coach of fellow DEL team Schwenninger Wild Wings.[7]

In March 2016, he accepted the position as director of an ice hockey academy in Liefering.[8]


  1. ^ "Die Mitglieder - Eishockeymuseum". www.eishockeymuseum.de. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  2. ^ Diepold, Christian. "Helmut de Raaf". www.eishockey-online.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  3. ^ "RODI-DB - Die deutsche Eishockey-Datenbank". www.rodi-db.de. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  4. ^ IIHF (2010). IIHF Media Guide & Record Book 2011. Moydart Press. p. 549. ISBN 978-0-9867964-0-1. 
  5. ^ "Eishockey: Torwartlegende de Raaf wird Co-Trainer in München". Die Zeit. ISSN 0044-2070. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  6. ^ http://www.iihfworlds2014.com/en/news/roster-forming/
  7. ^ Sport1.de. "Helmut de Raaf hört als Trainer bei den Schwenninger Wild Wings auf". Sport1.de (in German). Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  8. ^ "Helmut de Raaf neuer Director of Development Academy". ehcrb. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 

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