Michael Anthony " Mike" Peca ( born March 26, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player who during his career and 1994-2009 with the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs Columbus Blue Jackets played in the National Hockey League. During his career he won the Frank J. Selke Trophy twice.
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Michael Peca began his career in the Canadian Junior Football League OHL and played there until 1994. NHL Entry Draft in 1992, he was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the second round at position 40. In the 1993/94 season he has already passed four games in the National Hockey League for Vancouver before he fully joined the team in 1994. But in the summer of 1995, Peca was transferred to the Buffalo Sabres, where he was able to prevail immediately.
In the summer of 1997, he was awarded the Selke Trophy Frank J., who receives the striker with the best defensive qualities and a few months later, he was appointed captain of the Sabres. In 1999 he moved for the first time in a Stanley Cup finals, but the team had to concede defeat to the Dallas Stars.
His tenure as captain ended in 2000, when he refused to the management of the Sabres to comment on an incident with a planned commitment of a player. According to the newspaper, the Buffalo News contract players Adrian Aucoin wanted to decide to sign a contract with the Sabres. Peca to have spoken against Aucoin negative about the team and the management, so that Aucoin signed a contract in Chicago. Peca came into the season not to use and has been transferred Islanders after the season to the New York.
In New York arrived, he was immediately appointed captain. After the team had missed the playoffs seven times in a row, they managed under the leadership of Peca 2002 after all in the first round. He received his second season after the Frank J. Selke Trophy. In the same year he won the Canadian national team as an alternative captain at the Olympic Winter Games gold medal.
2003 and 2004 reached the Islanders make the playoffs again, but always was after the first round deadline. After the failure of the 2004/05 season due to the lockout Peca was transferred to the Edmonton Oilers. He suffered in the season 2005/ 06 a number of small injuries, but he could still secure the last playoff spot with the Oilers. Started as an absolute outsider, they threw in the very first round the dominant team of the regular season, the Detroit Red Wings, get out. The Oilers struggled from round to round and eventually reached the final of the Stanley Cup. The second final participation of Michael Peca turned out to be a real thriller. In the first game, injured goalkeeper Dwayne Roloson, and after four games already led the Carolina Hurricanes with 3-1 and only needed a victory. However, the Oilers won their next two games for himself, so it came to decision-making, but where Carolina was a bit better and finally won the Stanley Cup.
His contract expired in the summer of 2006 and he opted for a change in his homeland. The 2006/07 season he contests for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played 35 games, scoring 15 points and was one of the most important players when the Maple Leafs were shorthanded until December 22, 2006 game against the Chicago Blackhawks drew upon a serious knee injury and turned out for the rest of the season.
Pecas contract was not renewed and in August 2007 he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets a two- year contract. This was also not renewed after the period in the summer of 2009, after which the Canadians initially found no new team. On 19 January 2010, he finally announced his withdrawal from active sports.
Awards and achievements
Represented Canada at:
- U20 Junior World Cup 1994
- World Cup 2001
- 2002 Winter Olympics
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )