Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michael Peca
Throughout his career, Mike Peca has played a big game in terms of leadership, heart, tenacity, and a willingness to use his body.

He started his solid junior career with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL where he played for two seasons before joining the Ottawa 67's in 1992. In the nation's capital, Peca turned his game up to the top levels, scoring 113 points in only 55 games. His scoring prowess and feisty play won him a four-game stint with the Vancouver Canucks, who had secured his rights at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft after he was taken 40th overall. A member of Canada's gold medal World Junior team in 1994, Peca returned for 38 more games in 1994-95 before Vancouver management succumbed to a desire to pry Alexander Mogilny away from the Sabres. To do so they had to give up on Peca before they'd determined exactly what they had.

The Sabres soon found out what they got. In Peca they secured a hard-working team leader who excelled at defensive play, special teams, and scoring short-handed goals. In 1997, he won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward.

By 1998, Peca was appointed as the Sabres' team captain, and led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup final in 1999 before losing out to the Dallas Stars. After sitting out the entire 2000-01 season, due to a contract dispute with Sabres management, Peca was finally traded to the New York Islanders in the summer of 2001. Prior to joining the Islanders, Peca captained Canada's World Championship team at the 2001 World Championships in Germany and in his first season with the Isles, led them to their first playoff appearance since the 1994-95 season. Although the Islanders lost in the first round to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a hard hitting seven game series, Peca's performance throughout the regular season did not go without reward, as he captured his second Frank J. Selke Trophy.

After missing the early part of the 2002-03 season recovering from knee surgery, Peca still managed to compile 42 points and continued to be a leader on the ice for the Isles until being dealt to the Edmonton Oilers in the summer of 2005.

As a member of the Edmonton Oilers Peca's defensive grit would help drive the club to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006. However, the Oilers would finish one win short of the franchise's sixth Stanley Cup.

In the summer of 2006, Peca was on the move once again signing on as a free agent with the Maple Leafs. His stint with the Leafs was short lived however, as a collision with the Chicago's Jim Vandermeer caused significant ligament damange to Peca's right knee only 35 games into the season.

Peca entered the off-season once again as a free agent. The Maple Leafs attempted to resign the two-way forward, however after nearly signing with the New York Rangers Peca would agree to a one-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Toronto Red Wings MTHL 39 42 53 95 40
1990-91 Sudbury Wolves OHL 62 14 27 41 24 5 1 0 1 7
1991-92 Sudbury Wolves OHL 39 16 34 50 61
1991-92 Ottawa 67's OHL 27 8 17 25 32 11 6 10 16 6
1992-93 Ottawa 67's OHL 55 38 64 102 80
1992-93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 9 6 3 9 11
1993-94 Ottawa 67's OHL 55 50 63 113 101 17 7 22 29 30
1993-94 Vancouver Canucks NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -1
1993-94 Canada WJC-A 7 2 2 4 8
1994-95 Syracuse Crunch AHL 35 10 24 34 75
1994-95 Vancouver Canucks NHL 33 6 6 12 30 -6 5 0 1 1 8
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 68 11 20 31 67 -1
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 20 29 49 80 +26 10 0 2 2 8
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 18 22 40 57 +12 13 3 2 5 8
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 27 29 56 81 +7 21 5 8 13 18
1999-00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 20 21 41 67 +6 5 0 1 1 4
2000-01
2000-01 Canada WC-A 3 1 3 4 0 +3
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 80 25 35 60 62 +19 5 1 0 1 2
2001-02 Canada Olympics 6 0 2 2 2 0
2002-03 New York Islanders NHL 66 13 29 42 43 -4 5 0 0 0 4
2003-04 New York Islanders NHL 76 11 29 40 71 +17 5 0 0 0 6
2004-05
2005-06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 71 9 14 23 56 -4 24 6 5 11 20
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 35 4 11 15 60 +2
2007-08 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 65 8 26 34 64 -1
2008-09 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 71 4 18 22 58 -6 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 864 176 289 465 798 97 15 19 34 80


Frank J. Selke Trophy (1997, 2002) Traded to Buffalo by Vancouver with Mike Wilson and Vancouver's 1st round pick (Jay McKee) in 1995 NHL Draft for Alexander Mogilny and Buffalo's 5th round pick (Todd Norman) in 1995 NHL Draft, July 8, 1995.
Missed entire 2000-01 season after failing to come to contract terms with Buffalo. Rights traded to NY Islanders by Buffalo for Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt, June 24, 2001. Traded to Edmonton by NY Islanders for Mike York and Edmonton's 4th round pick (later traded to Colorado - Colorado selected Kevin Montgomery) in 2006 NHL Draft, August 3, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 18, 2006. Missed remainder of 2006-07 due to leg injury vs. Chicago, December 22, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, August 21, 2007. Officially announced his retirement, January 19, 2010.
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