Sabres player speaks German with students

LAKE SHORE, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo Sabres player Christian Ehrhoff paid a special visit this week to some local students who are learning German, his native language. It’s natural for Ehrhoff to talk about his hometown in Germany, in the language he grew up speaking.

Ehrhoff said, “You know it’s fun, it’s a great program they have here and for me, it’s easy to come out and support them and talk a little bit in German.”

For these students in the Lake Shore German Language Program, listening to Ehrhoff is a real treat.

Sophia Koenig said, “Oh I was so excited, I was freakin’ out.”

Koenig is one of the lucky few who got to stand next to Ehrhoff and ask him a question, in German, about his life. She plays hockey too, so naturally she asked him who his favorite player was growing up.

Koenig said, “He said Wayne Gretzky at first, and I mean everybody’s favorite hockey player is Wayne Gretsky at one point or another.”

Collin Woods said, “What he likes most about Germany, and what he misses. He misses the Audobon a lot, cause he gets to go really fast.”

Not only did Woods ask Ehrhoff a question, he was also one of just four students who played in a mock shoot out, with Ehrhoff passing the puck.

Woods ended up winning the “shoot out,” but every student in this gym went home with something exciting to talk about. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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