Pete Peeters

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Pete Peeters
Born(1957-08-17) August 17, 1957 (age 56)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CaughtLeft
Played forPhiladelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Washington Capitals
National team Canada
NHL Draft135th overall, 1977
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career1977–1991
 
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Pete Peeters
Born(1957-08-17) August 17, 1957 (age 56)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CaughtLeft
Played forPhiladelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Washington Capitals
National team Canada
NHL Draft135th overall, 1977
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career1977–1991

Peter H. Peeters (born August 17, 1957) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. He was one of the NHL's most colourful characters during the 1980s.

Early life[edit]

Peeters was born in a family of Dutch immigrants in Edmonton, Alberta. At a young age, he valued swimming more than hockey. It was not until he was 18 that Peeters was committed to junior hockey. In 1975, Peeters joined a struggling Medicine Hat Tigers team. He would stay with the Tigers for two years before being drafted. Peeters was drafted 135th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft after showing scouts that he had what it took to play at an NHL level. He played for two years in the AHL winning the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for best GAA in the league and he was also selected to the First All-Star Team.

Playing career[edit]

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

Peeters was called up by the Flyers in 1980 sharing the net with Phil Myre. Peeters started with a 22–0–5 record before losing his first game of the season on February 19. The Flyers went a NHL record 35 straight games without a loss that season. Peeters finished the season with a 29–5–5 record with a 2.73 GAA. He led the Flyers all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals before losing to the New York Islanders on an overtime goal by Bob Nystrom. For his effort, Peeters was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game.

The following season, expectations were high for Peeters but he did not meet them. Over the next two years his GAA rose and his playoff success diminished. In 1982, Peeters was traded to the Boston Bruins for defenceman Brad McCrimmon.

Boston Bruins[edit]

Peeters joined the Boston Bruins for the 1982–83 season. Peeters had perhaps his best year as he played in 62 games and posting a 40–11–9 record with 8 shutouts and a decade high 2.36 GAA. At one point, Peeters went 31 games without a loss. He won the Vezina Trophy for his spectacular play and was selected First All-Star Team goalie. He also played in the All-Star Game in his first season with Boston. Surprisingly, Peeters finished 2nd in voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy to Wayne Gretzky.[1] Next season, expectations were high again for Peeters and, like in Philadelphia, he did not meet them. He played for two more years with the Bruins with his GAA inflating and the losses piling up.

1984 Canada Cup[edit]

Peeters was invited to Team Canada for the 1984 Canada Cup. Despite having a sprained ankle, Peeters was able to play in four games including the final game against Sweden and the memorable overtime win against the Soviets.

Pete Peeters
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Men's ice hockey
Canada Cup
Gold1984 CanadaIce hockey

Washington Capitals[edit]

After the Canada Cup experience, Peeters had trouble readjusting his game to the NHL level. After a slow start in the 1985–86 season, Peeters was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for goaltender Pat Riggin. Peeters provided the Caps with solid goaltending for the next five seasons. But in the playoffs, Peeters did not find much success again.

Return to Philadelphia[edit]

Peeters returned to Philadelphia in 1990 by way of free agency. He remained there for the last two seasons of his career sharing the net with Ron Hextall and Ken Wregget. Peeters would hang up the pads in 1991.

Coaching[edit]

At the end of his playing career, Peeters returned to the family farm in Edmonton. He then got into coaching, serving as a goaltender coach to the Minnesota North Stars, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, and the Edmonton Oilers. From July 2009 to June 2013 he was the goaltending coach for the Anaheim Ducks, a position which had been left vacant following the departure of François Allaire.

Family[edit]

His son Trevor (born July 2, 1987) played four seasons (2003 – 2007) as a goaltender in the Western Hockey League.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLTMINGASOGAASV%
1974–75Edmonton CrusadersAJHL35201211403.25
1975–76Medicine Hat TigersWCHL3716119207414704.25.877
1976–77Medicine Hat TigersWCHL62262412342323214.07.877
1977–78Milwaukee AdmiralsIHL331210716989213.25.919
1977–78Maine MarinersAHL178228554002.80
1978–79Maine MarinersAHL352563206710022.90
1978–79Philadelphia FlyersNHL51212801603.43
1979–80Philadelphia FlyersNHL402955237310812.73.898
1980–81Philadelphia FlyersNHL4022125233311522.96.897
1981–82Philadelphia FlyersNHL4423183259116003.71.871
1982–83Boston BruinsNHL6240119361114282.36.904
1983–84Boston BruinsNHL5029162286815103.16.876
1984–85Boston BruinsNHL5119264297517213.47.868
1985–86Boston BruinsNHL83414853103.84.873
1985–86Washington CapitalsNHL3419113202111313.35.876
1986–87Binghamton WhalersAHL4301245410.98.967
1986–87Washington CapitalsNHL3717114200210703.21.885
1987–88Washington CapitalsNHL351412418968822.78.898
1988–89Washington CapitalsNHL35207318548842.85.889
1989–90Philadelphia FlyersNHL24113511407113.74.883
1990–91Hershey BearsAHL20101051106.29.833
1990–91Philadelphia FlyersNHL2697112706112.88.902
NHL totals4892461555127,6991424213.08

Playoffs[edit]

SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLMINGASOGAASV%
1976–77Medicine Hat TigersWCHL42041705.00
1977–78Maine MarinersAHL11835622512.67
1978–79Maine MarinersAHL6503291502.74
1979–80Philadelphia FlyersNHL13857793712.78
1980–81Philadelphia FlyersNHL3211801204.00
1981–82Philadelphia FlyersNHL4122201704.64
1982–83Boston BruinsNHL179810246113.57
1983–84Boston BruinsNHL3031801003.33.853
1984–85Boston BruinsNHL10160404.00.846
1985–86Washington CapitalsNHL9545442402.65.905
1986–87Washington CapitalsNHL312180903.00.882
1987–88Washington CapitalsNHL12756543403.12.896
1988–89Washington CapitalsNHL6243592404.01.854
NHL totals713535420023223.31

International[edit]

YearTeamEvent GPWLTMINGASOGAA
1984CanadaCan-Cup43102341303.00
Senior int'l totals43102341303.00

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Billy Smith
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1983
Succeeded by
Tom Barrasso