German flavour to Cup final

Predators forward Jerred Smithson hits Canucks defenceman Christian Ehrhoff  into the boards during...

Predators forward Jerred Smithson hits Canucks defenceman Christian Ehrhoff into the boards during Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference semifinal series Vancouver, B.C., April 28, 2011. (ANDY CLARK/Reuters)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

VANCOUVER - A player of German descent will hoist the Stanley Cup over his head at the end of these playoffs. That's a given.

The question, however, is which one?

The Vancouver Canucks' Christian Ehrhoff and the Boston Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg aim to become just the second NHL player from their country to bring home the holy grail of hockey, following in the footsteps of Uwe Krupp.

Krupp, a 6-foot-6 defenceman, won the Stanley Cup in 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche, scoring the overtime goal in Game 4 to clinch the championship.

This time around, it'll be a defenceman again. Coincidentally, Ehrhoff and Seidenberg were a blue-line pairing for the German team during the Winter Olympics last year.

Ehrhoff said Tuesday many of the people back home are more excited about the NBA final, which features the nation's most popular basketball star, Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki.

"Dirk is the biggest U.S. sports celebrity in Germany," Ehrhoff said. "There is a higher interest in him."

But according to Ehrhoff, Nowitzki has shown interest in the Canucks and is cheering for Vancouver to win the Cup.

Asked about the Mavericks star's loyalty, Seidenberg laughed and said he didn't hear anything about that.

"I've never met (Nowitzki), so maybe they're from the same kind of area, that's why," he said. "It's tough not to like Dirk. The one German reporter we have in Boston says it's really hard to sell hockey stories to the Germans. All they want is Nowitzki."


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