HOHENFURCH, Germany – Former German referee Martin Erhard passed away on 7 July after a long illness. He was 75.
Erhard played for his hometown team SV Hohenfurch until the age of 26 when he switched to officiating due to injuries. It was the start of a career as an on-ice official that would span over 23 years.
He officiated 1,555 games from 1964 to 1987 including many international games. Among the highlights were the 1973 IIHF European Junior Championship in Leningrad, Soviet Union; the 1974 IIHF World Championship B-Pool in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia; the 1975 IIHF World Championship B-Pool in Sapporo, Japan; the 1976 IIHF World Championship in Katowice, Poland; the 1977 IIHF World Championship in Vienna, Austria; and the 1978 IIHF World Junior Championship in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada.
At the end of the ‘70s he also reffed a European Cup Final between CSKA Moscow (Soviet Union) and Poldi Kladno (Czechoslovakia).
After the end of his career as an on-ice official he became a member of the Officiating Committee of the German Ice Hockey Association (DEB) and worked as a referee supervisor in the German Ice Hockey League (DEL).
Erhard became a member of the German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and was awarded the German Merit Cross on Ribbon.