Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pete Conacher
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1949-50 Galt Red Wings OHA-Jr. 48 25 27 52 22
1950-51 Galt Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 52 32 32 64 10 3 5 6 11 0
1951-52 Galt Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 51 53 67 120 33 3 3 3 6 0
1951-52 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1952-53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 41 5 6 11 7 2 0 0 0 0
1952-53 St. Louis Flyers AHL 29 12 16 28 6
1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 19 9 28 23
1954-55 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 18 2 4 6 2
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 52 10 7 17 10
1955-56 New York Rangers NHL 41 11 11 22 10 5 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Buffalo Bisons AHL 18 17 15 32 6
1956-57 Buffalo Bisons AHL 60 26 29 55 16
1957-58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 1 1 5
1957-58 Buffalo Bisons AHL 48 12 32 44 2
1958-59 Belleville McFarlands EOHL 1 0 0 0 0
1958-59 Canada WEC-A 8 7 3 10 2
1959-60 Buffalo Bisons AHL 56 5 10 15 16
1960-61 Hershey Bears AHL 69 11 24 35 4 8 1 2 3 4
1961-62 Hershey Bears AHL 70 27 29 56 16 7 2 0 2 5
1962-63 Hershey Bears AHL 70 29 24 53 6 15 5 4 9 0
1963-64 Hershey Bears AHL 72 34 26 60 12 6 0 3 3 2
1964-65 Hershey Bears AHL 63 34 24 58 10 15 8 2 10 4
1965-66 Hershey Bears AHL 60 14 20 34 4
NHL Totals 229 47 39 86 57 7 0 0 0 0


Son of Charlie Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago with Bill Gadsby for Rich Lamoureux, Allan Stanley and Nick Mickoski, November 23, 1954. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by NY Rangers for $10,000 and the loan of Dusty Blair and Gord Pennell, August 20, 1956. Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers for $15,000, June 4, 1957. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto for $15,000, November 18, 1957. Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers (Buffalo-AHL) for Barry Cullen, August, 1960. Traded to Hershey (AHL) by Detroit with Marc Reaume and Jack McIntyre for Howie Young, January, 1961.