NHL: Michael Peca Retires


The 35-year old Peca appeared in 864 career games split between the Canucks, Sabres, Islanders, Oilers, Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets.  He finished his career with 176 goals, 289 assists and 798 penalty minutes.  He twice reached the Stanley Cup Final with Buffalo in 1999 and Edmonton 2006.  He also helped Canada capture the gold medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"I truly have enjoyed my entire career as an NHL player," Peca said in a statement through the NHLPA. "Playing the game at the highest level, with and against the top hockey players in the world, has been a pleasure. Throughout my 13-season career I was fortunate to play on some exceptional hockey teams, particularly the 2002 Canadian Olympian team and the Sabres and Oilers teams that reached the Cup finals. Really I am grateful for the lasting friendships and memories that the game of hockey has given me, and I would like to thank my family, teammates, and the fans for all their support along the way."

via www.tsn.ca

Mike Peca was best remembered for his time as Captain of the Buffalo Sabres. 

His career - which had it's ups and downs - may or may not get him into the Hall of Fame in the future.

Still, I don't think many people would argue that Peca - in his prime - was one of the best centers in the league.

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