George Konik, Canadian ice hockey player, Died at 79


George Samuel Konik was born on May 4, 1937, and died on October 21, 2016.

He was a Canadian professional ice hockey player.

He 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.

He made 52 appearances as a versatile role player for the Penguins that season, but drifted back to the minor professional leagues after that.

Eventually, he became a naturalized American citizen and joined the United States national team for the 1970 and 1971 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments; he was named best defenceman in 1970.

He 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.

George Konik passed away at 79 years old.