Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kevin O'Shea
Right-winger Kevin O'Shea played 134 NHL games in the early 70s. He was a hard worker who could play the body, check and drive to the net for goals. He entered the NHL a couple of years after his older brother, Danny.

The Toronto native played two years at St. Lawrence University. In 1968-69 he played with the senior Ottawa Nats then competed for Canada at the 1969 World Championships where they finished fourth. O'Shea spent the 1969-70 season with the WHL's San Diego Gulls then was claimed by the Buffalo Sabres in the Inter-League Draft of June, 1970.

The young forward was a solid grinder for the Sabres for parts of two seasons. When the club's depth improved he was sent to the St. Louis Blues where he played 41 games over two years. The highlight of his tenure in Missouri was his overtime goal versus Minnesota in game six of the Quarterfinals which elevated St. Louis into the semifinals.

O'Shea competed for a little over a year in the WHL and led all playoff scorers in 1974 when the Phoenix Roadrunners won the league championship. O'Shea joined the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1974-75 and scored 20 points while serving mainly as a defensive forward. He retired in 1976 after spending a year with the Timra team of Sweden.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Cornwall Colts OHA-B
1966-67 Cornwall Royals M-Cup 12 6 5 11 43
1967-68 St. Lawrence University ECAC
1968-69 Ottawa Nationals OHA-Sr. 6 3 1 4 32
1968-69 Canada WEC-A 7 0 0 0 23
1969-70 San Diego Gulls WHL 71 12 22 34 49 6 1 2 3 9
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 4 4 8 8 -11
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 52 6 9 15 44 -19
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -1 11 2 1 3 10
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 37 3 5 8 31 -13 1 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Denver Spurs WHL 16 11 7 18 29
1973-74 Phoenix Roadrunners WHL 54 24 21 45 40 9 6 5 11 0
1974-75 Minnesota Fighting Saints WHA 68 10 10 20 42
1975-76 Timra IF Sweden 33 16 5 21 72
NHL Totals 134 13 18 31 85 12 2 1 3 10


Brother of Danny Claimed by San Diego (WHL) from NY Rangers in Reverse Draft, June 12, 1969. Claimed by Buffalo from San Diego (WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 9, 1970. Selected by Minnesota (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from Buffalo, March 3, 1972.