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John Benedict "Peanuts" O'Flaherty was a right-winger who spent 25 years as a hockey player. He played briefly with the New York/Brooklyn Americans in the early 40s but otherwise was an excellent minor pro and senior player. He earned his nickname after a Toronto sports writer spotted him selling peanuts at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1933.

The Toronto native played junior with the St. Michael's Majors and West Toronto Nationals. In 1936 he helped West Toronto win 17 consecutive playoff games on the way to the Memorial Cup title. This was followed by four years in the late 30s with the senior Dominions, Marlboros and Goodyears of Toronto. Future Toronto coach Punch Imlach was a teammate of O'Flaherty's with West Toronto and a linemate with the Goodyears.

After leading the OHA senior league with 41 goals in 29 games in 1939-40, O'Flaherty scored four goals in ten games for the Americans the next year. He played 11 games when the club was relocated to Brooklyn but was chiefly an AHL player at this time. In 1941-42, O'Flaherty led the league with 44 assists while competing for the Springfield Indians.

Apart from playing briefly with the Toronto RCAF and serving in the military during World War II, O'Flaherty was a regular on the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL. Beginning in 1950-51, he was a fixture in senior hockey circles with such teams as the St. Michael's Monarchs and the Saint John Beavers. By the late 50s he retired as a player but was coaching the Sudbury Wolves of the NOHA. He later worked in automotive sales and scouted for the Vancouver Canucks where he watched his son, Gerry, make the NHL in the 1970's.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1933-34 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B
1933-34 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 13 11 8 19 12
1934-35 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 12 10 6 16 10 3 1 0 1 0
1935-36 West Toronto Nationals OHA-Jr. 10 6 14 20 4 5 4 4 8 9
1935-36 West Toronto Nationals M-Cup 12 10 9 19 10
1936-37 Toronto Dominions OHA-Sr. 9 7 5 12 4 8 2 4 6 4
1936-37 Toronto Dominions Al-Cup 3 2 0 2 2
1937-38 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 12 20 10 30 16 6 5 4 9 6
1937-38 Toronto Goodyears OHA-Sr. 2 2 1 3 0
1937-38 Toronto Goodyears Al-Cup 4 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Toronto Goodyears OHA-Sr. 20 23 12 35 12 5 6 4 10 0
1938-39 Toronto Goodyears Al-Cup 10 7 5 12 6
1939-40 Toronto Goodyears OHA-Sr. 29 41 35 76 18 7 8 5 13 6
1939-40 Toronto Goodyears Al-Cup 4 3 3 6 2
1940-41 New York Americans NHL 10 4 0 4 0
1940-41 Springfield Indians AHL 11 2 8 10 0
1940-41 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 24 10 12 22 4 6 1 2 3 2
1941-42 Brooklyn Americans NHL 11 1 1 2 0
1941-42 Springfield Indians AHL 42 18 44 62 14 5 5 1 6 0
1942-43 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 36 10 27 37 6 2 1 0 1 0
1943-44 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 2 1 2 3 0
1943-44 Toronto RCAF OHA-Sr. 8 7 7 14 2
1943-44 Toronto People's Credit TIHL 20 9 15 24 10 6 7 7 14 4
1944-45
1945-46 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 61 24 45 69 24 6 4 3 7 2
1946-47 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 64 33 35 68 24 12 0 5 5 4
1947-48 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 50 16 20 36 12
1948-49 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 67 24 25 49 22
1949-50 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 69 10 15 25 2
1950-51 St. Michael's Monarchs OHA-Sr. 28 7 12 19 40 9 1 2 3 8
1950-51 St. Michael's Monarchs Alx-Cup 7 0 4 4 2
1951-52 Saint John Beavers MMHL 45 5 9 14 50 7 1 3 4 2
1951-52 Saint John Beavers Alx-Cup 3 0 0 0 0
1952-53 Ottawa Senators QHL 8 0 0 0 10
1953-54 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 4 0 0 0 2
1954-55 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 3 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Sudbury Wolves NOHA 8 0 1 1 4
1956-57
1957-58 Sudbury Wolves NOHA
1958-59 Sudbury Wolves NOHA 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 21 5 1 6 0


Father of Gerry Signed as a free agent by NY Americans, October 17, 1940. Loaned to Toronto (Pittsburgh-AHL) by NY Americans (Springfield-AHL) with the trade of Jack Howard for Clarence Drouillard, January 17, 1941. Team name changed to Brooklyn Americans prior to 1941-42 season. Returned to Brooklyn by Toronto (Pittsburgh-AHL) with the trade of Phil McAtee for Viv Allen and Glenn Brydson, October 8, 1941. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh (AHL), September 24, 1942.