Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Peluso
Mike Peluso was born September 2, 1974 in Bismarck, North Dakota. The 10th choice, 253rd overall selection of the Calgary Flames in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Peluso who is the second cousin of 10-year NHL veteran Mike Peluso, is a graduate of the United States Hockey League's Omaha Lancers. Peluso then went on to join the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the fall of 1994.

Peluso spent four years as a member of the UMD Bulldogs where he scored 20 goals or more in three of his four seasons and was a WCHA Second Team All-Star in 1996-97 and a WCHA Third Team All-Star in 1995-96 and 1997-98.

A member of the WCHA's All-Academic Team in 1996-97, the Bismarck, North Dakota native joined the Portland Pirates of the AHL after signing as a free agent with the club's parent club, the Washington Capitals, in the fall of 1998. Following his four years at UMD, Peluso played three seasons in Portland before having his rights acquired by the St. Louis Blues in November of 2000. Upon his arrival with the Blues organization, Peluso spent the remainder of the season with the club's AHL affiliate in Worcester.

Following a brief stay in Worcester, the Chicago Blackhawks signed Peluso during the off-season and he went on to split his 2001-02 season with Chicago and their AHL affiliate in Norfolk. In the summer of 2003, Peluso signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, his fifth NHL organization and went on to spend the majority of the 2003-04 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1992-93 Omaha Lancers USHL 45 21 12 33 31
1993-94 Omaha Lancers USHL 48 36 29 65 77
1994-95 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 38 11 23 34 38
1995-96 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 38 25 19 44 64
1996-97 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 37 20 20 40 53
1997-98 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 40 24 21 45 100
1998-99 Portland Pirates AHL 26 7 6 13 6 -8
1999-00 Portland Pirates AHL 71 25 29 54 86 4 2 0 2 0
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 2 2 4 0 +1
2000-01 Portland Pirates AHL 19 12 10 22 17 +5
2000-01 Worcester IceCats AHL 44 17 23 40 22 -5 11 3 3 6 4
2001-02 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 37 4 2 6 19 -3
2001-02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 29 18 9 27 4 +3 4 1 0 1 0
2002-03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 74 24 31 55 35 +2 9 1 2 3 4
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 72 13 18 31 87 +7 5 0 1 1 4
2004-05
NHL Totals 38 4 2 6 19


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1997) Signed as a free agent by Washington, October 9, 1998. Traded to St. Louis by Washington for Derek Bekar, November 29, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, August 1, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 24, 2003.