April 10, 1918|
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Died||July 16, 2008
Mississauga, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||154 lb (70 kg; 11 st 0 lb)|
New York-Brooklyn Americans
Toronto St. Michael's Majors
John Benedict "Peanuts" O'Flaherty (April 10, 1918 – July 16, 2008) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 21 games in the National Hockey League with the New York Americans. He was born in Toronto, Ontario.
Peanuts received his nickname when a Toronto sports writer spotted him selling peanuts at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1933. In 21 career NHL games O'Flaherty recorded 5 goals and an assist for 6 points. Yet, he was best known as a star forward for the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets in the 1940s. His son, Gerry O'Flaherty, would go on to play in the NHL from 1971 to 1979.
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