Defenseman Erich Goldman was a late pick of the Ottawa Senators in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Goldmann, who was born in Dingolfing, Germany, had three seasons in the German Elite League to his credit when he made the venture across the ocean to pursue his dream of playing in the National Hockey League.
The Senators shuttled the blue liner around during his first year in North America. He had a brief stop in the International Hockey League before settling with the American League's Worcester Ice Cats for the bulk of his season though he also spent the last three games of the season with the East Coast Hockey League's Dayton Bombers. He played five more games with them in the post-season.
Goldmann again suited up for three different clubs the next year with stops in Cincinnati and Hershey of the AHL and and a brief stint with the IHL's Cincy franchise as well. The trend continued during his third season when Goldmann hopped from the Detroit Vipers, to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the IHL before suiting up for his third club of the 1999-00 campaign.
However, this time the stop was in the NHL. Goldmann joined the Ottawa Senators for a single game, but the defenseman was unable to crack the score sheet. With his career very nomadic and just one game in the big league to show for all of his suitcase packing, the defenseman elected to return to his homeland for the 2000-01 campaign.
Goldmann signed on with the Essen Mosquitoes of the German Elite League where he spent the next two years.