Great sadness in Austrian ice hockey. The former national team player, Olympic participant and long-time Innsbruck defender Günther Oberhuber passed away at the weekend.
Günther Oberhuber was an integral part of the IEV and later ECS teams from the 1970s to the mid-1980s. The Tyrolean ice hockey fans can make him as a tough “clearer”, as a defender with an offensive urge, as a defensive strategist who doesn’t take a step too much in order to still be there where it burns. A man for all cases.
Much too soon, “Goro”, as his teammates and fans called him, lost his last face-off on Sunday night and died at the age of only 67. Well over 300 games for “his” club as well as dozens of international games for Austria with the climax of the Olympic Winter Games in his hometown Innsbruck are in the vita of this man.
The ice rink was like home for Günther, but the mountains in winter and summer were his great passion. As an avalanche sprinkler on the Seegrube and as a lifeguard in Tivoli, he keeps things tidy all year round.
Up until the very end he had followed the HCI games from his bedside, taking note of the latest great series of sharks with a smile. Tyrol’s ice hockey scene is in mourning, the family’s compassion gilds, especially their daughters Dina and Bianca.