Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- George Konik
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1952-53 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 5 0 0 0 4
1953-54 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 4 0 2 2 4 2 0 0 0 0
1953-54 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 2 0 0 0 2
1954-55 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 12 9 5 14 18
1955-56 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 37 13 21 34 83 12 4 6 10 12
1955-56 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 7 3 2 5 2
1956-57 Flin Flon Bombers SJHL 53 35 41 76 73 10 5 7 12 7
1956-57 Flin Flon Bombers M-Cup 16 6 4 10 42
1957-58 University of Denver WCHA
1958-59 University of Denver WCHA 28 21 23 44 75
1959-60 University of Denver WCHA 34 13 28 41 50
1960-61 University of Denver WCHA 27 12 19 31 40
1961-62 Los Angeles Blades WHL 43 3 8 11 38
1962-63 Seattle Totems WHL 42 7 12 19 50 17 4 1 5 38
1963-64 Baltimore Clippers AHL 72 19 22 41 80
1964-65 St. Paul Saints USHL
1965-66 Minnesota Rangers CPHL 38 10 20 30 35 7 2 5 7 6
1966-67 Omaha Knights CPHL 66 27 47 74 109 12 4 8 12 24
1967-68 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 52 7 8 15 26 -9
1967-68 Baltimore Clippers AHL 5 0 2 2 7
1968-69 Rochester Mustangs USHL
1969-70 United States Nat-Tm 6 3 5 8 4
1969-70 United States WEC-B 7 4 7 11 4
1970-71 United States Nat-Tm
1970-71 United States WEC-A 9 1 1 2 8
1971-72
1972-73 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 54 4 12 16 34
NHL Totals 52 7 8 15 26


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1960)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1960)
NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1960)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1961)
CPHL First All-Star Team (1967)
WEC-B All-Star Team (1970)
Named Best Defenseman at WEC-B (1970)
Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Paul Andrea, Dunc McCallum and Frank Francis for Larry Jeffrey, June 6, 1967. Traded to Oakland by Pittsburgh for cash, July 4, 1968. Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972.