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August 27, 2015

Kevin O'Shea

Right-winger Kevin O'Shea played 134 NHL games in the early 1970s. He was a hard worker who could play the body with zeal and drive to the net to create scoring chances. Mostly he was a defensive forward who did not add much offense on his own. He scored 13 goals and 31 points in his NHL career.

The Ajax, Ontario native jumped around during his amateur career, playing two years at St. Lawrence University, some time with the junior Cornwall Royals and the senior Ottawa Nationals. While with the Nats he had the opportunity to compete for Canada at the 1969 World Championships. The team finished 4th.

O'Shea turned pro the following season, spending the 1969-70 season with the WHL's San Diego Gulls. He became a property of the expansion Buffalo Sabres in 1970.

The young forward was a solid grinder for the Sabres for the next two seasons, but as the expansion club's depth improved he became more and more expendable.

He was traded to the St. Louis Blues, where he played 41 games over two years. The highlight of his stay in St. Louis was an overtime goal versus Minnesota in game six of the 1972 Quarterfinals which elevated St. Louis into the semifinals. It was one of the earliest highlights in St. Louis Blues history.

O'Shea competed for a little over a year in the WHL and led all playoff scorers in 1974 when the Phoenix Roadrunners won the league championship. O'Shea joined the WHA's Minnesota Fighting Saints in 1974-75 where he scored 20 points while playing with his brother Danny.

Kevin O'Shea retired in 1976 after spending a year with the Timra team of Sweden.

After leaving hockey, O’Shea studied law at the University of Windsor. He later specialized in labour law and at one time was touted as a possible leader of the National Hockey League Players' Association.

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