Peter Ihnačák

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Peter Ihnačák
Born (1957-05-03) May 3, 1957 (age 57)
Poprad, TCH
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
National team  Czechoslovakia
NHL Draft 25th overall, 1982
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1978–1997

Peter Ihnačák (born May 3, 1957 in Poprad, Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia) is a former Slovak ice hockey centre.

Draft[edit]

He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1982 NHL Entry draft as their 3rd choice, 25th overall.

Career[edit]

A star in Slovakia, Ihnacak was prohibitted from playing outside of the Communist bloc because members of his family had already fled Slovakia. He went on to play eight seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League from 1982 until 1990.

In his first year with the Maple Leafs, he amassed a total of 66 points (28 goals and 38 assists), the current rookie record within the Maple Leafs organization.[1]

In Europe, he played with the teams of ŠKP Poprad (Slovakia), HC Dukla Jihlava, HC Sparta Prague (both in the Czech Republic), Freiburg and Krefeld Pinguine (both in Germany).[2]

International career[edit]

He was to play in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, but was removed from the team because he was considered a flight risk. Eventually, due to his development as a player, Ihnacak's coach pushed for his inclusion on the 1982 World Championship team, which was to play in Helsinki, Finland. There, Ihnacak successfully (with the aid of his older brother John) made his way to Stockholm, and from there to New York.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

He was also the head coach of the team of Nuremberg Ice Tigers (Germany).[4] Ihnačák is currently a European-based scout for the Maple Leafs.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW GP G A Pts PIM
1982–83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 28 38 66 44 +6 6 0 2 -- -- -- -- --
1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 10 13 23 24 -21 5 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1984–85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 22 22 44 24 -26 8 0 1 -- -- -- -- --
1985–86 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 18 27 45 16 -9 5 0 1 10 2 3 5 12
1986–87 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 12 27 39 16 +5 4 0 1 13 2 4 6 9
1987–88 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 10 20 30 41 -6 0 0 0 5 0 3 3 4
1988–89 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 26 2 16 18 10 +3 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
1989–90 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 2 2 0 +3 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
8 years Totals NHL 417 102 165 267 175 -45 28 0 5 28 4 10 14 25

Personal[edit]

Peter is the elder brother of the Toronto Maple Leafs' Miroslav Ihnačák.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1980's Peter Ihnacak Toronto Maple Leafs Game Worn Jersey
  2. ^ «Junge Spieler brauchen Eiszeit» Toronto-Scout Peter Ihnacak im Gespräch
  3. ^ 'Enemy Of The State' For former Toronto Maple Leaf Peter Ihnacak, escaping to the west was about more than hockey -- it was about finally being free 'enemy of the state'
  4. ^ Peter Ihnacak klagt gegen Nürnberg Ice Tigers: Ex-Coach will sich seinen Abschied "versilbern"

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