George Konik was a versatile player who could function at defence and leftwing. He played one NHL season with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the late 1960s but otherwise was effective internationally and in the minors.
The native of the northern Manitoba community of Flin Flon played with the hometown Bombers in the Saskatchewan Junior league. After scoring 76 points in 53 games during his last year in the SJHL, Konik accepted a scholarship to the University of Denver. He didn't see any action as a freshman but learned a great deal watching his teammates win the 1958 NCAA championship. The next season he earned a regular place on the team and was on hand for two more national titles in 1960 and 1961. Konik was named to the WCHA second all-star team in 1960 and the first team in 1961, the NCAA championship all-tournament squad in 1960 and the NCAA West All-American team in 1960.
During his first six pro seasons he toiled in the minors and as a part of the New York Rangers' organization. In 1966-67 he scored 74 points in 66 games for the Omaha Knights of the CHL and was placed on the league's first all-star team. Following the NHL expansion in 1967, Konik was traded by New York to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He proved to be a useful role player for the first year Pens but ended up back in the minors by the next season.
Konik became a U.S. citizen and joined the American national team for the 1969-70 season. That year he was named the top defenceman and a member of the tournament all-star team when he helped the U.S. advance out of the "B" Pool World Championships. The next year he was on hand as the team battled in the "A" Pool. After being selected by the Minnesota Fighting Saints in the WHA General Player Draft in 1972, he played one last year of pro hockey before retiring in 1973.