Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Peter McDuffe
Goaltender Peter McDuffe was a solid back up for parts of five seasons in the 1970s. Most of his success came in junior and the minors while he also toiled briefly in the WHA.

Born in Milton, Ontario, McDuffe was a Chicago Black Hawks prospect. He enjoyed a fine junior career with the St. Catharines Black Hawks and led the OHA with a 2.93 goals against average in 1966-67. During his first pro season, 1968-69, he appeared in 65 games for the Greensboro Generals of the EHL. McDuffe was placed on the EHL South first all-star team and named its top rookie. The next year, he joined the CHL's Omaha Rangers where he led the league with 26 wins and was named to the league's second all-star team. He followed that up with a 2.77 goals against mark in 57 games and was named to the CHL first all-star team and shared the league MVP award with Andre Dupont, Gerry Ouellette, and Joe Zanussi.

In May 1971, the young netminder was acquired by the St. Louis Blues. After starring for most of the year with the WHL's Denver Spurs, he was recalled by the parent club for the last ten games of the season to back up Ernie Wakely and Jacques Caron. He then joined the New York Rangers but was chiefly a farmhand for two seasons.

McDuffe saw plenty of rubber in 1974-75 after he was claimed by the Kansas City Scouts in the Expansion Draft. His playing time was reduced after the club acquired Denis Herron from Pittsburgh so he tried his luck with the Detroit Red Wings. McDuffe spent most of his time with the Wings' AHL affiliate then suited up for 12 games with the WHA's Indianapolis Racers before retiring in 1978.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1964-65 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 2 0 1 0 0 6.92
1965-66 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 21 0 5.33
1966-67 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 30 2 2.93 6 0 4.33
1966-67 Buffalo Bisons AHL 2 0 2 0 0 6.50
1967-68 St. Catharines Black Hawks OHA-Jr. 50 0 3.79 5 0 6.80
1968-69 Greensboro Generals EHL 65 4 3.78 8 0 3.50
1969-70 Omaha Knights CHL 59 26 24 9 2 2.98 12 8 4 0 1 2.58
1970-71 Omaha Knights CHL 57 3 2.77 11 8 3 0 2 2.36
1971-72 St. Louis Blues NHL 10 0 6 0 0 3.73 1 0 1 0 7.00
1971-72 Denver Spurs WHL 21 10 7 2 1 3.46 4 4 0 0 1 1.50
1972-73 New York Rangers NHL 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
1973-74 New York Rangers NHL 6 3 2 1 0 3.18
1973-74 Providence Reds AHL 36 17 12 6 0 3.51 14 8 6 0 1 3.05
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 36 7 25 4 0 4.23
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 3 1 0 5.50
1975-76 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 21 8 9 3 0 4.10 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 11 0 4.44
1976-77 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 6 0 5.94
1977-78 Indianapolis Racers WHA 12 1 6 1 0 4.34
1978-79
1979-80 Georgetown Gyros GBSHL 32 0 4.41
1980-81 Georgetown Gyros OHA-Int. 34 0 3.23
NHL Totals 57 11 36 6 0 4.07 1 0 1 0 7.00


OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1967)
EHL South First All-Star Team (1969)
EHL South Rookie of the Year (1969)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1970)
CHL First All-Star Team (1971)
Fewest Goals Against - CHL (1971)
Most Valuable Player - CHL (1971) (co-winners - Andre Dupont, Gerry Ouellette & Joe Zanussi)
Leading Goaltender Award (fewest goals against - WHL) (1972) (shared with Bob Johnson)
Claimed by Phoenix (WHL) from Chicago in Reverse Draft, June 12, 1969. Traded to NY Rangers by Phoenix (WHL) for Don Caley and Sandy Snow, July 3, 1969. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers for St. Louis' 1st round choice (Steve Vickers) in 1971 Amateur Draft, May 25, 1971. Selected by NY Raiders (WHA) in 1972 WHA General Player Draft, February 12, 1972. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis with Curt Bennett to complete transaction that sent Steve Durbano to St. Louis (May 24, 1972), June 7, 1972. Claimed by Kansas City from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974. Traded to Detroit by Kansas City with Glen Burdon for Gary Bergman and Bill McKenzie, August 22, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Indianapolis (WHA), September, 1977.