2009-10: Set career highs in goals (12), assists (18) and points (30)… Ranked third on the team with a career-high +10 rating… Also set career highs in average ice time (14:41), shots (118) and face-offs won/taken (475-912, 52.1%)… Posted seven multi-point performances after entering the season with just four (in four seasons) to his credit… Amassed 20 (8g-12a) in 34 road games vs. 10 points (4g-6a) in 39 home games…Tied for 10th among NHL forwards in road plus/minus rating (+11)… Posted his first career three-point performance (1g-2a) in his 300th NHL game on Dec. 19 at Calgary… Missed seven games due to injury… Led Germany with two goals and three points in four games at the 2010 Olympics. Also paced all German forwards in ice time (18:22)… Captained Germany to a fourth-place finish at the 2010 World Championships, the nation’s best finish at the tournament in 72 years… Named one of Germany’s three best players at the Worlds as voted on by the coaches… Tied for second on the Germans in goals (2) at the Championships, which were the nation’s only two power-play goals of the tourney… Led all German forwards in average ice time (16:50). PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six of the club’s WCQ games vs. Chicago, posting an assist in Game One.
CAREER NOTES: Led San Jose, and ranked fifth in the League in face-off winning percentage (58.2%, min. 500 draws) in 2008-09… Posted a career high in hits (83) in 2008-09… Represented Germany at the 2008 World Championships at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season… Led the 2006-07 Sharks, and ranked 12th in the league in face-off efficiency (55.2%, min. 600 draws)… Ranked second on the Sharks in takeaways (37) and third among S.J. forwards in blocked shots (37) in 2006-07… Posted a career high in penalty minutes (24) in 2006-07… Ranked third in the 2007 NHL Playoffs in face-off winning percentage (58.5%, min. 100 draws)… Also ranked second among Shark forwards in blocked shots (9) while appearing in all 11 of the club’s 2007 playoff games… Notched career highs in games played (81), power-play goals (2) and game-winning goals (2) during his rookie season of 2005-06… Ranked third among Shark forwards in blocked shots in 2005-06 (35)… Notched his first two NHL assists on Oct. 7, 2005 at Chicago… Appeared in all 11 of San Jose’s 2006 Playoff contests, notching three assists… Played in all five of Germany’s games at the 2006 Torino Olympics, posting one goal… Ranked second on the 2004-05 Cleveland Barons (AHL) in points (50) and assists (34)… Also led the Barons in power-play assists (16), and ranked fourth on the club in goals (16)… Represented Germany at the 2005 World Championships… Represented Germany at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey… Tied for 16th among AHL rookies in points (16g-21a-37pts) in 2003-04… Tied for the league lead among rookies in game-winning goals (5) with the Barons in 2003-04… Saw his first NHL action with San Jose during the 2004 NHL Playoffs, notching points in his first two games – an assist on the series-clinching goal during the WCQ vs. St. Louis (Game Five), and the series clinching goal of the WCS vs. Colorado (Game Six).
AMATEUR: Highest German ever selected in the NHL Draft (20th overall in 2001)… Has played 76 career games for Germany during 14 international competitions, amassing 30 points (16g-14a)… Helped Mannheim (Germany) to a German Cup title in 2002-03… Played in the 2002 German League All-Star Game… Tied for the German team lead in goals (4), and ranked second in points (6), at the 2002 Division-1 World Junior Championships, helping his country earn a berth in follow year’s World Junior Championships… Named to the 2002 German Olympic team, but did not appear in a game… Led Schwennigen (Germany) in assists (28), and ranked third on the club in points (41) in 2000-01… Led Germany in points (6) and assists (4) and the 2001 Under-18 World Championships.
BACKGROUND: Nickname “Gocher”… Favorites include The Shawshank Redemption (movie), Jennifer Aniston (actress), Spaetzle and gravy and Schnitzel (foods)… He and his brothers, Sascha and Nikolai, have their own website – goc-online.com. Both Sascha and Nikolai play for the Hannover Scorpions of the German League… If he didn’t play hockey, he would be a soccer player.
TRANSACTIONS: August 21, 2009 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… June 23, 2001 – San Jose’s first selection (20th overall, first round) in the 2001 Entry Draft.