Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jimmy Peters
Jimmy Peters was a scrappy winger who was known as a "Fighting Irishman" in the company of the Flying Frenchmen of Quebec. He made his way up to the junior level via the Verdun Maple Leafs, the same club that had previously produced NHLers Bobby Fillion and Rocket Richard.

As a Monteal Junior Canadien in 1940-41, it was naturally assumed that Peters would float to the NHL level in a Habs uniform. But such a direct and smooth progression was not to be. Instead, his playing rights were scooped up by the eccentric Eddie Shore to play in Philadelphia-Springfield of the AHL. After one season of pro, Peters joined the Canadian Armed Forces to do his part during World War II.

In the early years, he underwent training and played hockey for Montreal Army. It was there that he picked up some big-league calibre action with NHLers Pat Egan, Terry Reardon, Bob Fillion, and Red Doran.

In 1944, however, Peters laid his stick and skates aside to head overseas to see some real action. From then until the end of the war, he worked for the 3rd Canadian Heavy Recovery Corps in Normandy. By the time he returned to North America in 1945, the Montreal Canadiens had secured his rights. He suited up in time for the start of the 1945-46 campaign and launched into a nine-year NHL career.

In the early years, Peters usually skated on the Habs' defensive line with Murph Chamberlain and Ken Mosdell and sometimes with Billy Reay. In that context, Peters excelled as an effective checker and a nifty stickhandler with a respectable shot. The rap on his game was that he tended to lack confidence in his own prowess.

During the finals of his first big-league season, Peters and his defensive corps were instrumental in shutting down the Bruins' Kraut Line of Schmidt, Bauer, and Dumart. The end result was a Stanley Cup victory for the Habs.

Over the years that followed, Peters put in stints with the Bruins, Wings and Hawks. His time in the Motor City was his most successful as his team won the Stanley Cup in 1950 and 1954. Peters never returned to the NHL after his final Cup victory. Instead, he rounded out his career after two seasons with the Windsor Bulldogs senior club in 1956.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1939-40 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs QJHL 11 0 3 3 10 4 0 0 0 0
1939-40 Verdun Jr. Maple Leafs M-Cup 7 1 3 4 0
1940-41 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 11 7 8 15 6 4 1 4 5 4
1940-41 Montreal Jr. Royals M-Cup 16 8 11 19 22
1940-41 Montreal Sr. Canadiens QSHL 1 0 0 0 0
1941-42 Springfield Indians AHL 24 1 9 10 4 4 1 1 2 0
1942-43 Montreal Army MCHL 5 3 5 8 4
1942-43 Montreal Army QSHL 27 16 18 34 15 3 0 1 1 4
1943-44 Montreal Army MCHL 2 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Kingston Army OHA-Sr. 13 13 15 28 10
1944-45 Canadian Army Recovery Belgium
1945-46 Montreal Canadiens NHL 47 11 19 30 10 9 3 1 4 6
1945-46 Montreal Royals QSHL 1 1 0 1 0
1946-47 Montreal Canadiens NHL 60 11 13 24 27 11 1 2 3 10
1947-48 Montreal Canadiens NHL 22 1 3 4 6
1947-48 Boston Bruins NHL 37 12 15 27 38 5 1 2 3 2
1948-49 Boston Bruins NHL 60 16 15 31 8 4 0 1 1 0
1949-50 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 14 16 30 20 8 0 2 2 0
1950-51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 17 21 38 14 6 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 15 21 36 16
1952-53 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 22 19 41 16 7 0 1 1 4
1953-54 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 46 6 4 10 21
1953-54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 25 0 4 4 10 10 0 0 0 0
1954-55 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 46 25 31 56 62 12 10 7 17 2
1955-56 Windsor Bulldogs OHA-Sr. 48 12 37 49 72
NHL Totals 574 125 150 275 186 60 5 9 14 22


Father of Jimmy Jr. Played in NHL All-Star Game (1950) Signed as a free agent by Brooklyn, October 28, 1941. Rights transferred to Buffalo (AHL) from Brooklyn in Special Dispersal Draft, October 9, 1942. Claimed by Montreal from Buffalo (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 14, 1945. Traded to Boston by Montreal with John Quilty for Joe Carveth, December 16, 1947. Traded to Detroit by Boston with Pete Babando, Clare Martin and Lloyd Durham for Bill Quakenbush and Pete Horeck, August 16, 1949. Traded to Chicago by Detroit with George Gee, Clare Martin, Rags Raglan, Max McNab and Jim McFadden for $75,000 and future considerations (Hugh Coflin, October, 1951), August 20, 1951. Traded to Detroit by Chicago for future considerations, January 25, 1954.
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