Cody Lampl

Straubing Tigers defenseman Cody Lampl may not scare you with his size. However Cody, known as “Beard”, will not hesitate to make himself known to the fans or the opposition. Despite his size, the man covered in tattoos and sporting the best beard in the game plays a physical, yet simple, game of hockey.

The 5-10 and 179 pounds Lampl has not been the biggest player on the ice regardless of where he has played. That hasn’t let that stop him though as his play speaks for himself. He does chip in on occasion offensively but his game is a physical, defensive style that will make the fans fall in love with him.

He’s been a fan favorite wherever he has played because of his reckless style of play. Lampl will not back down, fighting the largest player on the other team if it gave his team an advantage or get the cheers from the crowd. Lampl loves to play the game of hockey, even if it means he will never make the NHL.

Lampl has played all over the world and in different leagues. However his love for the game never changes. He has made stops in the ECHL, AHL, DEL, and DEL2. In the ECHL he played for the Toledo Walleye, Utah Grizzlies, Las Vegas Wranglers, and Idaho Steelheads. For the AHL he made small stops for the Abbotsford Heat, Grand Rapids Griffins, and St. Johns IceCaps.

While in the DEL and DEL2 he’s played for the Tigers, Fischtown Pinguins, and Adler Mannheim. Although the bigger ice surface and extra space were something to get used to he never let that take away his physical play.

Lampl loves to make jokes, people happy, and give the people around him positive energy. However, when he is on the ice he is a warrior and has the mindset to put the opposition through the boards. He doe not care how physical or talented you are, if you’re on the ice then you’re going to get hit.

Although he was not drafted he plays the defense position like a first-round pick. He never gives up on a play, makes sure his teammates are taken care of, and pushes the play towards the offensive zone. Lampl has never been the player to quarterback a power-play unit or lead the team in points. That was never his type of game and will never be.

When he does hang up the skates he will be remembered as a player who never quit and always put his teammates first. Lampl is the player teammates love to have because he is an exceptional player and an even better person.

This season for the Straubing Tigers he has posted two goals and eleven assists for 13 points and 64 penalty minutes in 46 games. He continues that hard-nosed, physical play that teammates and fans love. Lampl eats, sleeps, and breathes hockey, which is what he will be remembered for.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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