The man know in Germany as “The White Tiger” played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, 2003-04 and 2004-05, both with the Sudbury Wolves. Patrick Ehelechner played between the pipes for 107 of Sudbury’s 136 games over those two seasons. His goals against average was well below 3.00 and his save percentage was consistent at .915 over those two seasons.
During his junior career, Ehelechner represented Germany on the world stage three times, once as an under-18 and twice as an under-20. In his first under-20 tournament, his 1.57 GAA and .954 save percentage over the three games he played were not enough to stop Germany from going winless in the round-robin and being relegated to Division 1 for the following season.
The following season, Germany took the gold at the division 1 championships and Patrick’s .924 save percentage was the best at the tournament.
The San Jose Sharks selected Ehelechner in the fifth round of the 2003 NHL draft, 139th overall. Patrick chose instead to return to Germany and play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). His first two seasons were played with Duisburg and the team was simply a disaster and was relegated after the 2006-07 season.
Ehelechner has since found great success with the Nürnberg Ice Tigers where he is now in his fourth season. He is under contract with the Ice Tigers until the end of the 2011-12 season.