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Karl Heinz Friesen (born June 30, 1958 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a retired ice hockey goaltender. Friesen spent most of his career in Germany, playing in the Eishockey-Bundesliga and Deutsche Eishockey Liga, but he also played four games in the National Hockey League with the New Jersey Devils.[1]

Karl Friesen
Karl Friesen.jpg
Born (1958-06-30) June 30, 1958 (age 61)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for NHL
New Jersey Devils
Maine Mariners
SB Rosenheim
EC Hedos München
Maddogs München
National team  West Germany and
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1975–1996


A Canadian of German descent, Friesen played for the West Kildonan North Stars of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the St. Boniface Mohawks of the Central Amateur Senior Hockey League, before taking his game to Germany in 1980 and would spend 15 years in Germany's top-flight. In 1985-86, Friesen played for the Maine Mariners of the American Hockey League and had a short stint with the New Jersey Devils of the NHL in 1986-87, but then returned to Rosenheim. He played a total of 12 years with the SB Rosenheim team, two with Hedos Munich and one with the Mad Dogs Munich. Friesen won German championships with Rosenheim in 1982, 1985 and 1989.[2]

A dual citizen of Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany, Friesen represented West Germany internationally on many occasions, including six World Championships, the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics and the 1984 Canada Cup. After German Unification, he represented Germany at the 1992 Winter Olympics.[1] He won a total of 105 caps for the German national team.[3]

After retiring in 1996, he returned to his native Canada.

Friesen is a member of the German Ice Hockey Hall of Fame and of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was named German goalie of the century.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Karl Friesen's player profile". Hockey Retrieved 2010-06-08.
  2. ^ "Rosenheimer Torwart-Legende Karl Friesen in der alten Heimat auf Stippvisite". Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  3. ^ "Eishockey International: Deutsche Eishockey-Legende Friesen wird 50". Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  4. ^ Museum, Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame and. "Players". Retrieved 2017-02-25.

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