Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Karl Friesen
Netminder Karl Friesen played four games for the New Jersey Devils in 1986-87. His two-decade long career was spent chiefly in Germany as a domestic and international player.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Friesen starred for the Kildonan North Stars of the provincial junior league in 1977-78. This was followed by two years with the Winnipeg Maroons before he left Canada to work in West Germany. Friesen signed with the SB Rosenhem club in 1980-81 and went on to play twelve seasons there.

Friesen's brief NHL tenure was an emotional roller coaster ride. In his first appearance he replaced Alain Chevrier at the start of the third period with the Devils trailing Philadelphia 5-1. He held the Flyers scoreless as his team battled back for a 5-5 tie and was rewarded with a start in the next game against hometown Winnipeg. Unfortunately, New Jersey was overmatched and dropped an 8-1 decision.

Friesen also became the first-string goaltender of the West German national team. His netminding heroics helped the team ascend the world rankings. He starred for the Germans at six World Championships between 1981 and 1989 and was on hand when they qualified for the second Canada Cup tournament in 1981.

Friesen was named the German player of the year four times and backstopped his adopted country at the Olympics in Sarajevo (1984), Calgary (1988), and Albertville (1992). After three years with EC Hedos Munich, the veteran netminder returned to Rosenheim for one last year before retiring in 1996.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1975-76 West Kildonan North Stars MJHL 11 0 4.01
1976-77 West Kildonan North Stars MJHL
1977-78 West Kildonan North Stars MJHL 38 0 4.71 18 12 6 0 1 4.08
1978-79 West Kildonan North Stars MJHL 37 1 3.94
1979-80 St. Boniface Mohawks CASH
1980-81 SB Rosenheim W.Ger-2 44 3.24 3 2.67
1980-81 West Germany WEC-A 4 1 2 1 0 5.00
1981-82 SB Rosenheim W.German 42 3.57 7 2.14
1981-82 West Germany WEC-A 7 2 4 1 0 4.28
1982-83 SB Rosenheim W.German 36 2.86 9 4.50
1982-83 West Germany WEC-A 5 4.20
1983-84 SB Rosenheim W.German 42 3.28 4 2.50
1983-84 West Germany Olympics 5 3 1 1 0 3.20
1984-85 West Germany Can-Cup 4 0 3 1 0 5.25
1984-85 SB Rosenheim W.German 35 23 5 6 2 2.83 9 9 0 0 2.41
1984-85 West Germany WEC-A 9 3 5 1 1 3.51
1985-86 Maine Mariners AHL 35 16 11 5 2 3.48 5 1 4 0 0 2.47
1986-87 New Jersey Devils NHL 4 0 2 1 0 7.38
1986-87 SB DJK Rosenheim W.German 14 10 2 2 1 2.79 7 3 4 0 2.55
1986-87 West Germany WEC-A 5 2 2 1 0 3.80
1987-88 SB DJK Rosenheim W.German 33 22 7 4 3 2.58 14 8 6 3 2.36
1987-88 West Germany Olympics 6 3 2 0 0 3.11
1988-89 SB DJK Rosenheim W.German 36 19 8 9 2.72 11 9 2 0 2.47
1988-89 West Germany WEC-A 8 1 5 2 1 3.87
1989-90 SB DJK Rosenheim W.German 18 14 4 0 0 2.43 11 8 3 0 4.22
1990-91 SB DJK Rosenheim Germany 40 2.69 11 3.53
1991-92 SB DJK Rosenheim Germany 44 3.26 9 2.96
1991-92 Germany Olympics 1 0 1 0 0 5.00
1992-93 EC Hedos Munchen Germany 44 21 15 8 2.52 4 3.50
1993-94 EC Hedos Munchen Germany 44 2.24 10 2.50
1994-95 Maddogs Munchen Germany 26 3.02
1995-96 Star Bulls Rosenheim Germany 28 3.09 4 4.50
NHL Totals 4 0 2 1 0 7.38


German Player of the Year (1982, 1988, 1989, 1990)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1986) (shared with Sam St. Laurent)
Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, April 24, 1985.
Munich Mad Dogs (Germany) folded after 27 games during 1994-95 season.
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