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Hans (Character)
from The Mighty Ducks (1992)

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Hans Ulrich Ackerman was born in 1923 in a small town just outside of Salzburg, Austria. From an early age he developed a passion for ice hockey and, despite his parents objections, joined his local junior team, captaining them to two championships. His career was interrupted in 1941 when he was drafted into the Wehrmacht and subsequently sent to the Eastern front. He was wounded in combat in 1943 at the Battle of Kursk and received the Iron Cross medal for bravery. Following the war, he returned to Austria to pursue a career as a professional ice hockey player and signed his first contract in 1948 with HC Augsberg of the Oberliga (present day Deutsche Eishockey Liga). He was impressive in his first year and led the league in scoring with 58 points in 42 games; however, he was eventually released on grounds that he was a Nazi Sympathizer. He played the rest of his career in Germany until his retirement in 1963. He finished with 692 points in 543 games.

Following retirement, Hans moved to St. Paul Minnesota, set up a hockey shop, and became very involved with local hockey at the minor league level. He has claimed that his biggest achievement in hockey was helping the district five "Mighty Ducks" defeat the heavily favored "Hawks" in the 1992 PeeWee championship final. He credits the victory mostly to explaining to coach Bombay the rezoning of the the local districts which forced the Hawks best player, Adam Banks, to play for the Ducks. Coach Gordon and Hans remained good friends until his death in 1996 after heart complications.

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