Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pete LoPresti
Netminder Pete Lopresti was a reserve and occasional first stringer in parts of six seasons. The son of former NHL goalie, Sam Lopresti, he was a steady competitor for the United States at various international tournaments and was successful in the minors.

Born in Virginia, Minnesota, Lopresti was a solid performer at the University of Denver for parts of two seasons. He was selected 42nd overall by the Minnesota North Stars in 1974 and played 35 games as a rookie back up to Cesare Maniago.

Lopresti played 34 games for the weak Stars in 1975-76 and was picked to represent the U.S. at the World Championships. A few months later he played two games for his country when he shared the goalkeeping responsibilties with Mike Curran at the inagural Canada Cup. Lopresti was Minnesota's first-string goalie for two years and played at the World Championships in 1978.

Following the merger with the Cleveland Barons in 1978, Lopresti lost his job to Gilles Meloche. He spent the rest of his pro days in the minors save for a couple of appearances for the Edmonton Oilers. He retired after playing most of the 1980-81 season with the CHL's Wichita Wind.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1972-73 University of Denver WCHA 4 2 2 0 0 3.25
1973-74 University of Denver WCHA 38 22 13 3 1 4.10 4 2 1 1 0 2.25
1974-75 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 11 4 4 3 0 3.28
1974-75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 35 9 20 3 1 4.19
1975-76 Minnesota North Stars NHL 34 7 22 1 1 4.13
1975-76 United States WEC-A 5 5.40
1976-77 United States Can-Cup 2 1 1 0 0 3.00
1976-77 Minnesota North Stars NHL 44 13 20 10 1 3.61 2 0 2 0 4.68
1977-78 Minnesota North Stars NHL 53 12 35 6 2 4.23
1977-78 United States WEC-A 9 2 5 2 0 5.56
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 7 2 4 0 0 4.87
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 33 16 15 0 0 4.01
1979-80
1980-81 Wichita Wind CHL 36 9 25 0 1 4.76
1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 1 0 0 4.57
NHL Totals 175 43 102 20 5 4.06 2 0 2 0 4.67


Son of Sam Claimed by Edmonton from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June 13, 1979.