Michael Peca (left) takes a face-off against Artem Chubarov (right)
March 26, 1974 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Vancouver Canucks
New York Islanders
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
|NHL Draft||40th overall, 1992
Michael Anthony "Mike" Peca (born March 26, 1974) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward in the National Hockey League (NHL). He most recently played for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. He has also played for the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs. Peca currently is the general manager and director of hockey operations for the Buffalo Jr. Sabres, a Junior A hockey team owned by the Sabres, one of two teams he captained.
Michael Peca's hometown is Toronto, Ontario, but moved to Ottawa to attend Canterbury High School. Peca and wife Kristin now live in Getzville, New York with their two children, son Trevor and daughter Emily.
Peca began his junior career with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) after they selected him in the first round of the 1990 player draft. He was traded to the Ottawa 67's where he blossomed into one of the league's top offensive players. He was selected to represent Canada at the 1994 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He captained the Canadian team at the 2001 World Championships in Germany. His nickname was "Captain Crunch" because of his penchant for delivering bone-crushing open ice hits.
Peca was drafted in the second round, 40th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Peca has twice won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for being the best defensive forward, in 1996–97 and 2001–02. Peca captained the Buffalo Sabres to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Canadian ice hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers in a trade with the New York Islanders in exchange for Mike York.
Peca was hip-checked by Toronto Maple Leafs' Darcy Tucker during the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs in game five of the first round. The check blew out Peca's MCL and ACL on his left knee, ending his season and delaying his entry into the 2002–03 campaign. No penalty was assessed. On July 18, 2006, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that they had signed Peca as a free agent to a one-year $2.5 million contract for the 2006–07 NHL season, making Tucker and Peca teammates.
During a game against the Blackhawks on December 22, 2006, Peca collided with Chicago defenceman Jim Vandermeer in the Toronto zone with 5:17 left in the first period. Vandermeer was assessed a minor penalty and a game misconduct for the hit. Peca sustained a fractured tibia at the base of his right knee and suffered significant ligament damage. He missed the remainder of the 2006–07 season.
On August 21, 2007, Peca signed a one-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. On October 11, 2008, Peca received an indefinite suspension (later reduced to a five game suspension) after grabbing referee Greg Kimmerly's arm in Columbus' first game of the 2008 season.
For the 2000–01 season, Peca and the Buffalo Sabres could not agree on a contract. Peca went without a contract the entire season. Peca was later traded to the New York Islanders for Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt, where he led the Islanders to their first playoff berth in seven years.
Despite the apparent bad blood, in the summer of 2007, then unrestricted free agent (UFA) Peca told the Buffalo News that he'd be willing to come back to the Sabres. However, the Sabres' front office did not sign him despite the loss of veteran co-captain centers Daniel Brière and Chris Drury.
Beginning in the 2012-2013 season, Peca was named Head Coach of the Buffalo Junior Sabres of the Ontario Junior Hockey League(OJHL)where he coached through the 2013-2014 season. After the 2012-2013 season, he was named OJHL Coach Of The Year. In his 2 years coaching, he had 66 wins in 108 regular-season games.
Michael Peca will serve as Head Coach of the Bantam Major Jr. Sabres in addition to his duties as General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations for the Buffalo Junior Sabres Junior A team. 
Awards and Achievements
|Competitor for Canada|
|Gold||2002 Salt Lake City||Ice Hockey|
|World Junior Championships|
|Gold||1994 Czech Republic||Ice Hockey|
- Frank J. Selke Trophy winner in 1997, 2002.
- Ontario Junior Hockey League Coach of the Year winner in 2012-2013.
- General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations for Buffalo Junior Sabres.
- Named Head Coach of Bantam Major Junior Sabres in 2014.
|2000–01||Did not play (contract dispute)|
|2001–02||New York Islanders||NHL||80||25||35||60||62||5||1||0||1||2|
|2002–03||New York Islanders||NHL||66||13||29||42||43||5||0||0||0||4|
|2003–04||New York Islanders||NHL||76||11||29||40||71||5||0||0||0||6|
|2006–07||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||35||4||11||15||60||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||65||8||26||34||64||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||71||4||18||22||58||4||0||0||0||2|
|Junior int'l totals||7||2||2||4||6|
|Senior int'l totals||9||1||5||6||2|
- 1994 World Jr. Championship, Team Canada, gold medal
- 2001 World Championship, Team Canada, captain
- 2002 Winter Olympics, Team Canada, alternate captain, gold medal
References and footnotes
- "Peca follows Hasek footsteps back to Buffalo". USA Today. 2002-03-11. Retrieved 2010-05-12.
- Split reference:
- "Peca suspended indefinitely". NHL News. National Post. 2008-10-12. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- "NHL bans Peca five games for grabbing referee". AFP. 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
- "Michael Peca retires after 13 NHL seasons". NHL News. NHL. 2010-01-19. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
- Michael Peca's player profile at NHL.com
- Michael Peca's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|New York Islanders captain
|Buffalo Sabres captain
|Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
|Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
Note: While Peca was injured during (part of) the 1997–98 season, Donald Audette served as captain.
Additionally, Peca sat out the 2000–01 NHL season, in a contract dispute (later asking for a trade). The Sabres captaincy remained vacant, until after Peca was traded.