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George Konik
Georgekonik
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
190 lb (86 kg)
Born May 4, 1937(1937-05-04),
Flin Flon, Manitoba
Died October 21 2016 (aged 79),
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Pro Career 1967 – 1973


George Samuel Konik (May 4, 1937 – October 21, 2016) was a professional ice hockey player. Konik was a star on the University of Denver hockey team which won the NCAA hockey championship in 1960 and 1961. He signed a professional contract with the New York Rangers after that but did not make his NHL debut until 1967–68 after the expansion Pittsburgh Penguins traded for his rights. Konik made 52 appearances as a versatile role player for the Penguins that season, but drifted back to the minor professional leagues after that.

Konik eventually became a naturalized American citizen and joined the United States national team for the 1970 and 1971 World Championships; he was named best defenceman in 1970. Konik came out of retirement in 1972/73 to play a final season of major league pro hockey for the WHA Minnesota Fighting Saints before leaving hockey for good.

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