In possession of one of the most famous surnames in hockey, left winger Pete Conacher, who was born in 1932 in Toronto, played professionally for the Chicago Black Hawks, the New York Rangers and his hometown Leafs. His NHL career spanned the years 1951 to 1958, and he went on to play in the AHL with the Buffalo Bisons and the Hershey Bears until 1966.
His father, Charlie, began as a goalie in minor hockey before setting out on an NHL Hall of Fame career as a right winger. Young Pete played junior hockey for the Galt (Ontario) Black Hawks and at 19 was signed by the big league Chicago team of the same name in 1951. In fact, on the very day that Pete was called up by Chicago, November 16 his uncle Roy, who was the league scoring champion back in 1948-49, decided to hang up his skates.
In a further family connection, Pete's uncle Lionel Conacher was a Hall of Fame defenseman who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Americans, Montreal Maroons and Chicago Black Hawks of the old NHL in the 1920s and 1930s.
Not just a one-sport athlete, Pete played sandlot baseball five nights a week when he returned to Toronto in the off-seasons. In the last six years of his career, he had no regrets about staying in the AHL. When he retired, he played for the NHL oldtimers' team for 15 years and then took a job as a floor trader on the Toronto Stock Exchange, a job that he had first held during his summers off from pro hockey.