Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Peter Ihnacak
Centre Peter Ihnacak was a crafty playmaker and solid checker who played parts of eight years with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 80s and 90s. He also played several years in Czechoslovakia, Switzerland and Germany in a pro career that lasted nearly two decades. During the mid point of his NHL career he had the opportunity to play with his younger brother Miroslav.

Born in Poprad, Czechoslovakia, Ihnacak first gained attention by helping his country win the bronze medal at the 1977 World Junior Championships. He then spent five years in the Czechoslovakian league with Dukla Jihlava and Sparta Praha. After contributing to his country's silver medal win at the 1982 World Championships, Ihnacak was drafted 25th overall at the NHL Entry Draft. This selection was also significant in that it was an extra draft pick set to the Leafs by Philadelphia as part of the package for star centre Darryl Sittler.

As a rookie, the young forward formed a solid line with Miroslav Frycer and fellow freshman Walt Poddubny. In fact, both Ihnacak and Poddubny set franchise records by scoring 28 goals in their first seasons. The next year the hard-working centre was limited to 47 games due to injury. He then scored 22 goals in 184-85 and was one of the few bright spots when Toronto finished with the lowest point total in the league.

Ihnacak was a key checker and playmaker when Toronto came within a game of reaching the semifinals in 1986 and 1987. By the late 80s he began spending parts of the season in the AHL since the Leafs had more depth at centre with the likes of Vince Damphousse, Tom Fergus and Ed Olczyk. After registering 73 points in 72 games for the Newmarket Saints in 1989-90, Ihnacak signed with the Freiburg club of Germany. Over the next few years he provided scoring and veteran savvy on the Kloten and Ajoie teams in Switzerland and Germany's Krefelder before retiring in 1996.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Czechoslovakia WJC-A 4 2 2 4 0
1977-78 Dukla Jihlava Czech 5 0 1 1 4 3 0 2 2 2
1978-79 Dukla Jihlava Czech 44 22 12 34
1979-80 Sparta CKD Praha Czech 44 19 28 47
1980-81 Sparta CKD Praha Czech 44 23 22 45
1981-82 Sparta CKD Praha Czech 39 16 22 38 50
1981-82 Czechoslovakia WEC-A 5 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 28 38 66 44 +6
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 10 13 23 24 -21
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 22 22 44 24 -26
1985-86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 18 27 45 16 -9 10 2 3 5 12
1986-87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 12 27 39 16 +5 13 2 4 6 9
1986-87 Newmarket Saints AHL 8 2 6 8 0
1987-88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 10 20 30 41 -6 5 0 3 3 4
1988-89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 26 2 16 18 10 +3
1988-89 Newmarket Saints AHL 38 14 16 30 8
1989-90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 2 2 0 +3
1989-90 Newmarket Saints AHL 72 26 47 73 40
1990-91 EC Hedos Munchen Germany 20 6 17 23 23
1990-91 EHC Freiburg Germany 10 5 5 10 12 5 1 5 6 4
1991-92 EHC Freiburg Germany 41 21 26 47 34 4 0 0 0 4
1991-92 EHC Kloten Swiss 1 0 0 0 0
1992-93 HC Ajoie Swiss 13 3 8 11 10
1992-93 Krefelder EV Germany 15 5 5 10 10
1993-94 Krefelder EV Germany 42 10 25 35 25
1994-95 Krefelder EV Germany 19 7 6 13 8 15 2 4 6 6
1995-96 Krefelder EV Pinguine Germany 47 9 34 43 22 6 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Krefeld Pinguine Germany 51 21 17 38 34 3 1 0 1 4
NHL Totals 417 102 165 267 175 28 4 10 14 25


Brother of Miroslav