Pete Peeters

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Pete Peeters
Born (1957-08-17) August 17, 1957 (age 56)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Boston Bruins
Washington Capitals
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 135th overall, 1977
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 1977–1991

Peter H. Peeters (born August 17, 1957) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. He was one of the NHL's most colourful characters during the 1980s.

Early life[edit]

Peeters was born in a family of Dutch immigrants in Edmonton, Alberta. At a young age, he valued swimming more than hockey. It was not until he was 18 that Peeters was committed to junior hockey. In 1975, Peeters joined a struggling Medicine Hat Tigers team. He would stay with the Tigers for two years before being drafted. Peeters was drafted 135th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft after showing scouts that he had what it took to play at an NHL level. He played for two years in the AHL winning the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for best GAA in the league and he was also selected to the First All-Star Team.

Playing career[edit]

Philadelphia Flyers[edit]

Peeters was called up by the Flyers in 1980 sharing the net with Phil Myre. Peeters started with a 22–0–5 record before losing his first game of the season on February 19. The Flyers went a NHL record 35 straight games without a loss that season. Peeters finished the season with a 29–5–5 record with a 2.73 GAA. He led the Flyers all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals before losing to the New York Islanders on an overtime goal by Bob Nystrom. For his effort, Peeters was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game.

The following season, expectations were high for Peeters but he did not meet them. Over the next two years his GAA rose and his playoff success diminished. In 1982, Peeters was traded to the Boston Bruins for defenceman Brad McCrimmon.

Boston Bruins[edit]

Peeters joined the Boston Bruins for the 1982–83 season. Peeters had perhaps his best year as he played in 62 games and posting a 40–11–9 record with 8 shutouts and a decade high 2.36 GAA. At one point, Peeters went 31 games without a loss. He won the Vezina Trophy for his spectacular play and was selected First All-Star Team goalie. He also played in the All-Star Game in his first season with Boston. Surprisingly, Peeters finished 2nd in voting for the Hart Memorial Trophy to Wayne Gretzky.[1] Next season, expectations were high again for Peeters and, like in Philadelphia, he did not meet them. He played for two more years with the Bruins with his GAA inflating and the losses piling up.

1984 Canada Cup[edit]

Peeters was invited to Team Canada for the 1984 Canada Cup. Despite having a sprained ankle, Peeters was able to play in four games including the final game against Sweden and the memorable overtime win against the Soviets.

Pete Peeters
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Men's ice hockey
Canada Cup
Gold 1984 Canada Ice hockey

Washington Capitals[edit]

After the Canada Cup experience, Peeters had trouble readjusting his game to the NHL level. After a slow start in the 1985–86 season, Peeters was traded to the Washington Capitals in exchange for goaltender Pat Riggin. Peeters provided the Caps with solid goaltending for the next five seasons. But in the playoffs, Peeters did not find much success again.

Return to Philadelphia[edit]

Peeters returned to Philadelphia in 1990 by way of free agency. He remained there for the last two seasons of his career sharing the net with Ron Hextall and Ken Wregget. Peeters would hang up the pads in 1991.

Coaching[edit]

At the end of his playing career, Peeters returned to the family farm in Edmonton. He then got into coaching, serving as a goaltender coach to the Minnesota North Stars, Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, and the Edmonton Oilers. From July 2009 to June 2013 he was the goaltending coach for the Anaheim Ducks, a position which had been left vacant following the departure of François Allaire.

Family[edit]

His son Trevor (born July 2, 1987) played four seasons (2003 – 2007) as a goaltender in the Western Hockey League.[2]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1974–75 Edmonton Crusaders AJHL 35 2012 114 0 3.25
1975–76 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 37 16 11 9 2074 147 0 4.25 .877
1976–77 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 62 26 24 12 3423 232 1 4.07 .877
1977–78 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 33 12 10 7 1698 92 1 3.25 .919
1977–78 Maine Mariners AHL 17 8 2 2 855 40 0 2.80
1978–79 Maine Mariners AHL 35 25 6 3 2067 100 2 2.90
1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 5 1 2 1 280 16 0 3.43
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 29 5 5 2373 108 1 2.73 .898
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 40 22 12 5 2333 115 2 2.96 .897
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 44 23 18 3 2591 160 0 3.71 .871
1982–83 Boston Bruins NHL 62 40 11 9 3611 142 8 2.36 .904
1983–84 Boston Bruins NHL 50 29 16 2 2868 151 0 3.16 .876
1984–85 Boston Bruins NHL 51 19 26 4 2975 172 1 3.47 .868
1985–86 Boston Bruins NHL 8 3 4 1 485 31 0 3.84 .873
1985–86 Washington Capitals NHL 34 19 11 3 2021 113 1 3.35 .876
1986–87 Binghamton Whalers AHL 4 3 0 1 245 4 1 0.98 .967
1986–87 Washington Capitals NHL 37 17 11 4 2002 107 0 3.21 .885
1987–88 Washington Capitals NHL 35 14 12 4 1896 88 2 2.78 .898
1988–89 Washington Capitals NHL 35 20 7 3 1854 88 4 2.85 .889
1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 24 1 13 5 1140 71 1 3.74 .883
1990–91 Hershey Bears AHL 2 0 1 0 105 11 0 6.29 .833
1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 26 9 7 1 1270 61 1 2.88 .902
NHL totals 489 246 155 51 27,699 1424 21 3.08

Playoffs[edit]

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1976–77 Medicine Hat Tigers WCHL 4 204 17 0 5.00
1977–78 Maine Mariners AHL 11 8 3 562 25 1 2.67
1978–79 Maine Mariners AHL 6 5 0 329 15 0 2.74
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 13 8 5 779 37 1 2.78
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 2 1 180 12 0 4.00
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 1 2 220 17 0 4.64
1982–83 Boston Bruins NHL 17 9 8 1024 61 1 3.57
1983–84 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 3 180 10 0 3.33 .853
1984–85 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 1 60 4 0 4.00 .846
1985–86 Washington Capitals NHL 9 5 4 544 24 0 2.65 .905
1986–87 Washington Capitals NHL 3 1 2 180 9 0 3.00 .882
1987–88 Washington Capitals NHL 12 7 5 654 34 0 3.12 .896
1988–89 Washington Capitals NHL 6 2 4 359 24 0 4.01 .854
NHL totals 71 35 35 4200 232 2 3.31

International[edit]

Year Team Event   GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1984 Canada Can-Cup 4 3 1 0 234 13 0 3.00
Senior int'l totals 4 3 1 0 234 13 0 3.00

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Preceded by
Billy Smith
Winner of the Vezina Trophy
1983
Succeeded by
Tom Barrasso