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Udo Kiessling

Born on May 21, 1955 in Crimmitschau, German Democratic Republic. Defenseman Udo Kiessling started his outstanding professional career in 1972 with SC Riesersee. In the 1973-74 season, he played for Augsburger EV and the following two seasons starred for EV Rosenheim. From 1976-79, Keissling patrolled the blueline for Kölner EC before gracing Düsseldorf fans with his talents between 1979-82 for Düsseldorfer EG. 1982-84 saw him split duties with EV Füssen (21 Games) and Kölner EC (18 Games). But it was with Kölner EC that Keissling celebrated a total of eight national championships, many of which came with his stint with the club from 1983-92. His unparralled career ended with in 1992 with EV Landshut. On a personal level, Kiessling won numerous awards including German "Player of the Year" in 1977, 1984 and 1986 as well as a four-time recipient of the Leonhard-Waitl-Trophy for "Top Defenseman". His distinguished international career comes from 13 different IIHF World Senior A Pool Championships and 2 B Pool tournaments, earning an all-star team selection in 1987. Along with a 1984 Canada Cup appearance, Kiessling played in five Olympic tournaments which included a bronze medal in 1976. Udo Keissling captained the German side from 1986-91 and overall scored 44 goals during his amazing world record 320 international games

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