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.