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Henryk Gruth
Position defenceman
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
198 lb (90 kg)
Teams GKS Tychy (POL)
ZSC Lions (NLA)
Olympics Flag of Poland 1980
Flag of Poland 1984
Flag of Poland 1988
Flag of Poland 1992
World Championships Flag of Poland 1987 B
Flag of Poland 1990 B
Flag of Poland 1991 B
Flag of Poland 1992
Flag of Poland 1993 B
Nationality Flag of Poland Polish
Flag of Germany German
Born September 2nd 1957,
Ruda Slaska, Poland
Pro Career present

Henryk Gruth (b. September 2 1957 in Ruda Śląska, Śląskie, Poland) is a former professional defenceman.

One of the best Polish players, Gruth played for GKS Katowice and GKS Tychy in Poland. He spent one season in Switzerland with the ZSC Lions, where he scored seven goals and nineteen assists.

International careerEdit

Gruth was member of the Polish National Team for the 1980 Olympics, 1984 Olympics, 1988 Olympics and 1992 Olympics, as well as for 17 World Championships. He holds the record for the most selection to the Polish squad, with 248, as well as the record for the most points (109).

He was inducted to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2006.

Coaching careerEdit

Following his playing days, Gruth turned to coaching. In 1996-97, he was head coach of EHC Salzgitter of the 2.Bundesliga in Germany. He had a record of 5-17-2. He was head coach of the ZSC Lions when current head coach Christian Weber was downgraded to the role of assistant of Beat Lautenschlager with the GCK Lions of the NLB.[1]

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