2007-08: Led team in blocked shots (108), third among defensemen in points and T-6th in assists…A plus-8 in his last 17 games…Established a career-high in single game time on ice by playing 29:30 vs. Chicago on Feb. 2…Snapped 48 game goal-less streak with first goal of the season, a power play game-winner, vs. Chicago on Jan. 22…Took his first career penalty shot attempt on Dec. 28 at St. Louis
against Manny Legace (unsuccessful)…Posted two assists at Phoenix on Nov. 15…Had his consecutive games streak snapped at 127 on Nov. 3 at Los Angeles — the fourth longest streak among defensemen in team history…Played in his 200th NHL game on Nov. 2 vs. Los Angeles…Recorded six assists in eight games from Oct. 5-22…Playoffs: Registered his second two-assist game of the playoffs in Game 5 of the
WCSF vs. Dallas on May 2…Had two assists and a plus-3 in Game 7 of the WCQF vs. Calgary on April 22…Recorded first point of the postseason in Game 5 of the WCQF vs. Calgary on April 17…Made series debut and was a plus-1 in Game 4 of the WCQF at Calgary on April 15…Missed the first three games of the WCQF vs. Calgary due to lower body injury.
2006-07: Set career highs in goals, points, power play goals, and penalty minutes. Second among Sharks defensemen (with 34 points). 17th among all NHL defensemen with 164 shots, T-21st in power play goals (six) and T-28th in goals. One of only three German defensemen to play in the League (Ottawa's Christoph Schubert and Carolina's Dennis Seidenberg). Set a single-game career high in points and assists with three assists vs. Los Angeles on March 27. Set a single season career high in assists with his helper vs. Chicago on March 13. Compiled first career "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" vs. Columbia on Jan. 6 with a goal, an assist and fight- the eigth in Sharks history. Recorded two points vs. Detroit on Jan. 4. Scored a goal on five shots and recorded seven hits on Dec. 26 vs. Anaheim. Tied his career-high and 2005-06 season total of five goals (64 games) in the team's 17th game. Recorded the game-winning goal at Florida Oct. 31. Playoffs: He and Schubert were the only two German defensemen in the League that participated in the Playoffs. Posted an assist in back-toback games at Nashville in WCQF Game 2 and Game 3.
2005-06: Established career highs in goals (five), assists (18), points (23) and game-winning goals (two)Scored the game-winning, overtime, playoff-clinching goal at Vancouver on April 12 (5-4 W)Posted a career-high plus-5 on March 21 at St. LouisFifth on the team in plus/minus (plus-10)Finished T-3rd among team defensemen in points (5-18=23)Scored the game-winning, overtime goal against Nashville on March 11Tied a Sharks franchise high with 10 shots on net against Nashville on March 11 (originally set by Viktor Kozlov on Oct. 1, 1997 vs. Edmonton)Had a three-game point streak (2-2=4) with a plus-5 from March 7-11Recorded assists in a career-high five consecutive games (1-5=6) from Feb. 6 -28Picked up his first point (assist) on Oct. 21 at ColumbusOlympics: Registered two points (1-1=2) in five games for GermanyPlayoffs: T-8th among League defensemen in goals and T-9th in points and assists (2-6=8)...Recorded two points (1-1=2) in Game Five of the WCSF vs. Edmonton on May 14...One of only 11 NHL defensemen to score a game-winning goal in the playoffs...Scored the game-winning goal (1-0=1) in Game One of the WCSF vs. Edmonton on May 7...Recorded at least one assist in three consecutive games (0-5=5) from April 23-27...Posted three assists in Game Three of the WCQF vs. Nashville on April 25...Earned first career playoff point with an assist in Game 2 of the WCQF at Nashville on April 23.
2004-05: Scored 2 goals, including the game-winner in overtime at Hamilton on Nov. 6Also tied a franchise record (Marcel Goc and Jon DiSalvatore) with 10 shots on goal in same gameScored his second game-winning goal against Hamilton on Nov. 13Led the Barons in scoring with 7 points (3-4=7) during month of NovemberServed a 1-game AHL suspension for "intent to injure" penalty on Jan. 14 at SyracuseRegistered a career-high 3 assists on Feb. 9 vs. EdmontonWas the Barons only mid-season All-Star selection, earning an assist for PlanetUSA at the 2005 Dodge AHL All-Star GameLed the Barons, and all AHL defensemen, in shots on goal (237)Led all Barons defensemen in goals (12), power-play goals (7), assists (23) and points (35)Tied for Barons lead in games played with Craig Valette (79)Selected by Germany to play in 2005 World Championships, played in Austria...Other: Member of Team Germany at 2004 World Cup of Hockey and 2005 World Championships.
2003-04: Assigned to Cleveland (AHL) on March 11...Recalled by Sharks on Feb. 23...Assigned to Cleveland (AHL) on Feb. 19...Played for NHL YoungStars West team on Feb. 7 at NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Paul, Minn. at YoungStarts game, recorded goal, led team in ice-time (16:12) and finished first overall in plus/minus (+4) in team's 7-3 win.- Recorded 3 points in 4 games (0-3=3) from Jan. 24-Jan. 31...Posted three-game point streak (1-3=4) from Nov. 26-30...Scored first NHL goal (game-winner) and added assist on Nov. 26 vs. Chicago also tallying his first career multi-point game...Picked up first NHL point (assist) on Marleau's goal Nov. 15 vs. Toronto...Assigned to Cleveland (AHL) on Oct. 22; Recalled to Sharks on Nov. 14...Scored GWG in first game with Cleveland on Oct. 23 at San Antonio in 7-1 win...Made NHL debut on Oct. 9 at Edmonton in 5-2 loss.
2002-03: Appeared in all 7 games for Team at the World Championships from April 26-May 11 in and led all team defensemen and T-1st on overall in shots (21). . .Helped Germany to quarterfinal berth in tournament. . . Posted career highs in goals and points for Krefeld (10-17=27). . .Tied career high in assists (17). . .2nd among team defensemen in scoring, 1st in goals (10-17=27). . .14th overall in scoring among League defensemen, T-4th in goals. . .5th overall on team in points . . .1st on team in plus/minus (+14). . .1st among team defensemen, 2nd on team in shots (157). . .Appeared in Deutschland Cup and Swiss Cup. . . Playoffs: Helped club capture DEL Championship. . .1st among team defensemen in points, 4th on team (3-6=9). . .T-1st among team defensemen in goals (3).
2001-02: Posted career highs in goals, assists and points (7-17=24). . .Led all defensemen in scoring at the Group 1 World Junior Tournament, helping Germany win and secure a berth in following years World Junior Championships. . .Posted 8 penalty minutes for Team Germany at the 2002 Winter Olympics, helping his team to a berth in the medal round. . .Youngest player to participate in the 2002 Winter Olympics. . .2000-01: Posted 14 points (3-11=14) in 58 games with Krefeld in the German Elite League. . .1999-00: Registered 1 goal and 6 PIMs in 9 games with Krefeld.
Single...Favorites: Robbie Williams (musician), Old School (movie), Las Vegas (television show), Tom Hanks (actor), Jessica Alba (actress), Cheesecake Factory (San Jose area restaurant), Somewhere in the sun (vacation spot), homemade German (food)...Would like to meet golfer Tiger Woods so he could teach me how to play golf...Gunther likes to go to movies and play golf and tennis...If he wasnt in hockey, hed be doing something with cars...Hockey idol is Wayne Gretzky...Pet peeves include bad drivers and bad officiating...Provided color analysis on German televison for the 2004 NHL All-Star Game...Three words to describe himself: helpful, dedicated and passionate...Memorable Sharks/NHL moment: scoring first NHL goal (Nov. 26, 2003 vs. Chicago and off Michael Leighton)...Always puts his right side on first...Plays soccer in the hallway before games...His three wishes: Stanley Cup times three.