Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Uwe Krupp
The 6'6", 235-pound defenceman was a member of two German league championship teams with the Cologne Sharks (1984 and 1986) and also played for his country at the World Championships of 1986 in Moscow and 1990 in Bern.

Born in Cologne, Krupp was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the 13th round, 214th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft, and improved rapidly to the point where he represented the Sabres in the 1991 All-Star game. He was traded to the New York Islanders in the fall of 1991, then to the Quebec Nordiques in the summer of 1994. The Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995 and in the spring of 1996 Krupp's overtime goal, which earned the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers and the 1996 Stanley Cup title, created more excitement in German hockey circles than any event since the West German national team won a bronze medal at the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck.

Despite his Stanley Cup success in the 1995-96 season, Krupp declined an invitation to play for Germany in the World Cup in the late summer of 1996, preferring to avoid further injury that would jeopardize him and the Avalanche in the 1996-97 season. In June of 1998 the Nashville Predators claimed Krupp in the 1998 Expansion Draft and only a few weeks later saw his rights traded to Detroit. Krupp represented his country at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, but arrived too late to help Germany make the medal round. Germany was forced to play in the preliminary round, and because the NHL schedule overlapped with that round he could not make it to Japan before the Germans had been upset 8-2 by Belarus.

Upon arriving in Detroit, Krupp went on to play a mere 22 games with the Wings before injuries sidelined him for the remainder of the 1998-99 season. Continuous back problems kept Krupp out of hockey for the next two seasons and he played only eight games with the Red Wings in 2001-02 capturing his second Stanley Cup before signing with the Atlanta Thrashers during the off season as an unrestricted free agent.

Krupp went on to play four games with the Thrashers before injuries forced him to retire from the game.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Kolner EC W.German 11 0 0 0 0
1982-83 West Germany WJC-A 7 0 0 0 0
1982-83 West Germany EJC-A 5 3 4 7 2
1983-84 Kolner EC W.German 26 0 4 4 22
1984-85 Kolner EC W.German 31 7 7 14 9 4 1 5
1984-85 West Germany WJC-A 7 0 1 1 8
1985-86 Kolner EC W.German 35 6 18 24 83 10 4 3 7
1985-86 West Germany WEC-A 3 2 1 3 2
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 26 1 4 5 23 -9
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 42 3 19 22 50 17 1 11 12 16
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 75 2 9 11 151 -1 6 0 0 0 15
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 70 5 13 18 55 0 5 0 1 1 4
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 3 20 23 85 +15 6 0 0 0 4
1989-90 West Germany WEC-A 2 0 0 0 2
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 74 12 32 44 66 +14 6 1 1 2 6
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 8 2 0 2 6 0
1991-92 New York Islanders NHL 59 6 29 35 43 +13
1992-93 New York Islanders NHL 80 9 29 38 67 +6 18 1 5 6 12
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 41 7 14 21 30 +11 4 0 1 1 4
1994-95 EV Landshut Germany 5 1 2 3 6
1994-95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 44 6 17 23 20 +14 5 0 2 2 2
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 6 0 3 3 4 +4 22 4 12 16 33
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 60 4 17 21 48 +12
1997-98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 9 22 31 38 +21 7 0 1 1 4
1997-98 Germany Olympics 2 0 2 2 4
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 3 2 5 6 0
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHLMGNT
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHLMGNT
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 8 0 1 1 8 -1 2 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 4 0 0 0 10 -2
NHL Totals 729 69 212 281 660 81 6 23 29 86


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1991) Traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo with Pierre Turgeon, Benoit Hogue and Dave McLlwain for Pat LaFontaine, Randy Hillier, Randy Wood and NY Islanders' 4th round choice (Dean Melanson) in 1992 Entry Draft, October 25, 1991. Traded to Quebec by NY Islanders with NY Islanders' 1st round choice (Wade Belak) in 1994 Entry Draft for Ron Sutter and Quebec's 1st round choice (Brett Lindros) in 1994 Entry Draft, June 28, 1994. Transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Claimed by Nashville from Colorado in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 7, 1998.
Missed remainder of 1998-99 season and entire 1999-2000 and 2000-01 due to back injury suffered prior to game vs. Phoenix, December 19, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, July 19, 2002. Missed majority of 2002-03 due to back surgery, November 6, 2002. Officially announced retirement, April 27, 2003.