Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Walter Kalbfleisch
A steady defender in his own end, blueliner Walter Kalbfleish played in four cities during his brief NHL career in the 1930s. He was a part of history because he played on three defunct teams--the original Ottawa Senators, the St. Louis Eagles, and the New York Americans.

Born in New Hamburg, Ontario, the man known as "Jake" played two years each with the Niagara Falls Cataracts junior and senior clubs. He was signed as a free agent with the Ottawa Senators and played 22 games in 1933-34. The next season he suited up three times for the franchise when it relocated to St. Louis, Missouri.

Following the demise of the Senators/Eagles franchise, Kalbfeish was picked by the New York Americans in the dispersal draft in October 1936. He played four games for the Americans in 1935-36 but spent most of his time with the Rochester Cardinals of the IAHL and the CanAm league's Providence Reds. Kalbfleish's last few NHL games were spent with the Americans and Boston before playing three and a half years in the AHL. In the early 40s he suited up for three Niagara Falls-based senior clubs--the Brights, Weavers, and Cataracts.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1929-30 Niagara Falls Cataracts OHA-Jr. 6 1 1 2 16 2 1 0 1 2
1929-30 Niagara Falls Cataracts M-Cup 6 1 3 4 8
1930-31 Niagara Falls Cataracts OHA-Jr. 7 2 3 5 6 2 1 1 2 0
1931-32 Niagara Falls Cataracts OHA-Jr. 20 0 1 1 54 2 0 0 0 2
1932-33 Niagara Falls Cataracts OHA-Jr. 22 3 1 4 56 5 0 0 0 6
1932-33 Niagara Falls Cataracts Al-Cup 6 1 1 2 18
1933-34 Niagara Falls Cataracts OHA-Sr. 17 4 1 5 36
1933-34 Ottawa Senators NHL 22 0 4 4 20
1934-35 St. Louis Eagles NHL 3 0 0 0 6
1934-35 Buffalo Bisons IHL 28 3 3 6 30
1935-36 New York Americans NHL 4 0 0 0 2 5 0 0 0 2
1935-36 Rochester Cardinals IHL 21 3 2 5 14
1935-36 Providence Reds Can-Am 21 2 2 4 30
1936-37 New York Americans NHL 6 0 0 0 4
1936-37 New Haven Eagles IAHL 12 0 0 0 12
1936-37 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1936-37 Providence Reds IAHL 24 3 1 4 28 3 0 0 0 0
1937-38 Providence Reds IAHL 48 1 9 10 46 7 0 0 0 2
1938-39 Hershey Bears IAHL 45 4 4 8 42
1939-40 Hershey Bears IAHL 53 3 4 7 72 6 0 1 1 4
1940-41 Niagara Falls Brights OHA-Sr. 4 0 0 0 4 3 0 0 0 4
1941-42 Niagara Falls Weavers OHA-Sr. 27 2 3 5 34 7 0 0 0 8
1942-43 Niagara Falls Cataracts OHA-Sr. 5 0 2 2 6 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 36 0 4 4 32 5 0 0 0 2


IAHL Second All-Star Team (1938)
IAHL First All-Star Team (1939, 1940)
Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, May 10, 1933. Transferred to St. Louis after Ottawa franchise relocated, September 22, 1934. Claimed by NY Americans from St. Louis in Dispersal Draft, October 15, 1935. Traded to Boston by NY Americans for Teddy Graham, December 19, 1936.
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