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Role  Ice hockey player
Career end  1991
Name  Pete Peeters
Career start  1977

Playing career  1977–1991
Weight  84 kg
National team  Canada
Height  1.83 m
Position  Goaltender
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Born  August 17, 1957 (age 58)Edmonton, AB, CAN (1957-08-17)
Played for  Philadelphia FlyersBoston BruinsWashington Capitals
NHL Draft  135th overall, 1977Philadelphia Flyers
Similar People  Georges Vezina, Claude Julien, Claude Giroux, Zdeno Chara, Dave Hakstol

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Pete Peeters (born August 17, 1957) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey goaltender. He was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the eighth round (135th overall) of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. and went on to play 13 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals.


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Early life

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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.

Philadelphia Flyers

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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.

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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

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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. 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

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.

Washington Capitals

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

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.


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.


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

Awards/Records and Achievements

  • Selected to the AHL Second All-Star Team in 1979.
  • Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award in 1979 (shared with Robbie Moore).
  • Selected to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1983.
  • Vezina Trophy winner in 1983.
  • Played in 1980, 1981, 1983, and 1984 NHL All-Star Games.
  • Canada Cup winner in 1984.
  • Only goalie in NHL history to have two (25+) game unbeaten streaks.
  • Only goalie in NHL history to have two (25+) game unbeaten streaks playing on two different teams.
  • One of two goalies to have a (30+) game unbeaten streak along with Gerry Cheevers.
  • International

    "Peeters' stats". The Goaltender Home Page. Retrieved 2017-08-07. 


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