Centre Pete Langelle played parts of four seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 40s. He was a fine playmaker and face-off man who was also an effective minor leaguer for many years.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Langelle played junior with the hometown Monrachs. He turned pro with the AHL's Syracuse Stars in 1937-38 and enjoyed two solid seasons apprenticing there. Langelle was recalled to Toronto for a couple of games in 1938-39 before joining the club on a full time basis the next year.
In 1939-40 Langelle notched 21 points and helped the Maple Leafs reach the finals where they succumbed to the New York Rangers. He continued to be effective for two more years and was credited with the Cup-clinching goal in 1942 when Toronto came back from a 3-0 deficit to win four straight games in the finals versus Detroit. That year he also registered a personal best 32 points and was often placed between Bob Davidson and Johnny McCreedy.
After the Cup win Langelle played with the Winnipeg RCAF for three years during World War II then saw combat duty for a year. He returned in 1946-47 and was a valuable member of the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets for five years while the Leafs dominated the NHL with Syl Apps, Teeder Kennedy and Max Bentley down the middle. Langelle retired in 1954 after playing a year with the senior Pilot Mound club in his native province.