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8/15/1947 North Bay, Ontario
Defenceman, Sheldon Kannegiesser, played nearly 400 NHL regular season games for four teams in the 1970s. He was considered reliable in his own end and capable of finding his forwards with crisp passes on the attack.
Born in North Bay, Ontario, Kannegiesser played two seasons with the OHA's Kitchener Rangers including one with his older brother, Gord. He played his first two pro seasons in the minors with the CHL's Omaha Knights and the Buffalo Bisons of the AHL. In January 1971, he and Syl Apps Jr. were traded by the New York Rangers to the Pittsburgh Penguins for agitating forward, Glen Sather. He was a useful role player for the Penguins, but he was soon re-acquired by the Rangers.
Kannegiesser played his best hockey in the NHL after he and Mike Murphy were dealt by the Blueshirts to the L.A. Kings early in the 1973-74 season. He was a regular on the Kings' blueline for three seasons including the club's franchise-record 105-point performance in 1974-75. A solid player on the ice, Kannegiesser did not always endear himself to his teammates by being an outspoken proponent of Christianity. In 1977-78 he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks where he played 42 games before retiring.
Brother of Gord. Loaned to St. Louis by NY Rangers for the remainder of the 1969-70 season for the loan of Larry Hornung for the remainder of the 1969-70 season, November, 1969. Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Syl Apps Jr. for Glen Sather, January 26th, 1971. Traded to NY Rangers by Pittsburgh for future considerations (Steve Andrascik, May 16th, 1973), March 2nd, 1973. Traded to LA Kings by NY Rangers with Mike Murphy and Tom Williams for Gilles Marotte and Real Lemieux, November 30th, 1973. Traded to Vancouver by LA Kings for Larry Carriere, November 21st, 1977.