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Kalbfleisch, Walter "Jeff" 1911 - 1960

Kalbfleisch, Walter "Jeff" 1911 - 1960
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Jeff Kalbfleisch came to Niagara Falls in 1928 to play junior hockey and was a member of several great local junior and senior amateur teams. After successful years in the junior ranks which included winning an S.P.A. title and competing in the Ontario Hockey Association junior finals, Kalbfleisch became an outstanding defenceman for the 1932-1933 Niagara Falls Cataracts senior squad which annexed the Ontario Hockey Association Senior Championship and advanced to the Eastern Canadian finals in Allan Cup play. N.H.L. scouts were impressed with his efforts in the senior confrontations and the following season Kalbfleisch jumped directly from amateur ranks to the National Hockey League with the Ottawa Senators. He later played for the New York Americans and St. Louis Flyers in the NH.L. and completed his career with Hershey and Springfield of the A.H.L.. FoIIowing his hockey career Jeff returned to Niagara Falls and transferred his considerable athletic talents to amateur baseball. A good out- fielder, excellent base runner and power hitter, Kalbfleisch played for the 1940 and 1941 Brights and 1946 Houck Senior OB.A. Champions and served as player-coach for the Niagara Falls Fords Seniors in the late 1940's. Jeff Kalbfleisch was also actively involved in the community and as a member of the Niagara Falls Lions Club he assisted with the development of the Lions Club Learn-to-Swim Program at the Municipal Pool. 
 

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Team member of Brights Red Birds Niagara District Senior Champions and OBA semi-finalists 1938  Team member of Brights Red Birds Niagara District Senior Champions and OBA semi-finalists 1938
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Title Brights Red Birds Niagara District Senior Champions and OBA semi-finalists 1938
Notes  Back row L-R: G Hilleshein, F Mussel, H Wasser, G Castle, F Staedt ; Middle row: O Harris, S Hoey, W Whitehead, M Cherrie, B Smith, S Lipka, A Forde, A Lister, J Young, P Quinlan ; Front Row: W Kalbfleisch, J Stevenson, Mickey Paige, R Hardison, M Kaminsky ; P Thomas and W Clark mascots ;
Date  1938.
 
 
 
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