Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Peter Ciavaglia
Born in Albany, New York on July 15th 1969 center Peter Ciavaglia was drafted by the Calgary Flames before he embarked on a collegiate career with Harvard University in 1987. Ciavaglia's time at Harvard was very fruitful on and off the ice. By 1991, he had three team scoring titles, a rookie of the year, player of the year and All American title to go along with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.

When the Calgary Flames couldn't get Ciavaglia under contract, he became a free agent and inked a deal with the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres sent him to their farm club in Rochester where he lit it up in his first year of pro piling up 98 points in 77 games. At seasons end he was named the rookie of the year and team MVP for the Rochester Americans. Ciavaglia also earned a two game look with the Sabres that year.

The next year he got another brief look with the Sabres, this time playing three games, but, like before, he was held without a point. Back in Rochester he was offensively dominant again and helped bring the Americans all the way to the Calder Cup Championships. Despite his success in the organization, the Sabres didn't see an NHL future for him and he was released as a free agent after the playoff run.

Ciavaglia joined the US National Team and represented his country at the 1994 Olympic games as well as the World Championships that year.

The next year, Ciavaglia signed a deal with the Detroit Vipers for their inaugural season in the International Hockey League. This began a highly successfully relationship between Ciavaglia and the Vipers. He led them in scoring that first year, and by the time he retired from hockey in 2000, he held the career records for goals, assists and points in both the regular season and the playoffs.

On January 6th, 2001, the Vipers retired Ciavaglia's #12 in his honour.

Upon his retirement Ciavaglia went into the financial management industry with a focus on sports.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Nichols High School High-NY 60 84 113 197
1986-87 Nichols High School High-NY 58 53 84 137
1987-88 Harvard Crimson ECAC 30 10 23 33 16
1988-89 Harvard Crimson ECAC 34 15 48 63 36
1988-89 United States WJC-A 7 1 4 5 0
1989-90 Harvard Crimson ECAC 28 17 18 35 22
1990-91 Harvard Crimson ECAC 27 24 38 62 2
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 0 +1
1991-92 Rochester Americans AHL 77 37 61 98 16 6 2 5 7 6
1992-93 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
1992-93 Rochester Americans AHL 64 35 67 102 32 17 9 16 25 12
1993-94 United States Nat-Tm 18 2 9 11 6
1993-94 Leksands IF Sweden 39 14 18 32 34 4 1 2 3 0
1993-94 United States Olympics 8 2 4 6 0
1993-94 United States WC-A 7 1 0 1 2
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 73 22 59 81 83 5 1 1 2 6
1995-96 Detroit Vipers IHL 75 22 56 78 38 12 6 11 17 12
1996-97 Detroit Vipers IHL 72 21 51 72 54 21 14 19 33 32
1997-98 Detroit Vipers IHL 35 11 30 41 10 -4 23 8 11 19 12
1998-99 Detroit Vipers IHL 59 27 31 58 33 +15 11 1 8 9 10
1999-00 Detroit Vipers IHL 41 5 22 27 14 -10
NHL Totals 5 0 0 0 0


ECAC Second All-Star Team (1989)
ECAC First All-Star Team (1991)
ECAC Player of the Year (1991)
NCAA East Second All-American Team (1991)
Norman R. ``Bud'' Poile Trophy (Playoff MVP - IHL) (1997)
Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, August 30, 1991.
Officially announced retirement, September 28, 2000.