Henryk Gruth

Henryk Jerzy Gruth (born 2 September 1957) is a former Polish professional ice hockey defenceman.

Henryk Gruth
Born (1957-09-02) 2 September 1957 (age 63)
Ruda Śląska, Poland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for GKS Tychy
Zürcher SC
National team  Poland
Playing career 1978–1993

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

International careerEdit

Gruth was member of the Poland men's national ice hockey 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 IIHF 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]

External linksEdit

  • Gruth's profile on eurohockey.net
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Henryk Gruth". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Józef Łuszczek
Flagbearer for   Poland
Calgary 1988, Albertville 1992
Succeeded by
Tomasz Sikora