FUSSEN, Germany – Former German national team defenceman Paul Ambros passed away in the night to Friday after long illness. He was 82 years old.
Ambros represented West Germany in 89 international games (9 goals) including three Olympic Winter Games and four IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in the top division.
In Germany he played for his hometown team EV Fussen from 1952 to 1965 and for Augsburger EV from 1965 to 1977. He played 428 league games scoring 127 goals and winning 11 national championships.
His hits and his slapshot were feared on German ice and gave him the nickname “the German Canadian” although he was better known as “Tiger from Hopfensee”, the lake he learned to play hockey as a kid. Legend has it that after one international game the Soviets wanted to see his passport insisting that he plays like a Canadian.
After ending his career he continued working in his original profession as carpenter and produced his own hockey sticks. He played for Fussen’s oldtimer team and the German Ice Hockey Association’s oldtimer team until the age of 70 and was living together in the Fussen, which named a square after him ten years ago, with his wife Inge until his death.