Peca retires after 13-season NHL career

Peca retires after 13-season NHL career

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Columbus forward Michael Peca announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 13-year NHL career.

NHL: Columbus 2, San Jose 1 (OT)

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- R.J. Umberger's goal midway through overtime Wednesday lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks.

NHL: Columbus 6, Buffalo 1

BUFFALO, N.Y., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Two goals from R.J. Umberger Friday led Columbus to a 6-1 crushing of Buffalo, the Blue Jackets' fourth win in five games.

NHL: St. Louis 4, Columbus 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 6 (UPI) -- Keith Tkachuk scored the 500th goal of his NHL career and added an assist for St. Louis, which beat Columbus 4-1 Sunday in the season finale for both teams.

NHL: Chicago 5, Columbus 4 (SO)

CHICAGO, March 30 (UPI) -- Patrick Kane scored the game-winner and Nikolai Khabibulin blocked all three Columbus shots in a shootout Sunday, when the Chicago Blackhawks beat Columbus 5-4.

NHL: Columbus 5, Tampa Bay 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 9 (UPI) -- Nikolai Zherdev and Jiri Novotny scored third-period goals for Columbus Sunday in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay, which lost its fifth straight game.

NHL: Columbus 4, Minnesota 0

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Pascal Leclaire recorded his club record sixth shutout this season Friday afternoon as the Columbus Blue Jackets downed the Minnesota Wild 4-0.

NHL: Columbus 7, Chicago 4

CHICAGO, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Rick Nash had two goals and an assist and Jiri Novotny two goals Tuesday as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 7-4.

NHL: Columbus 3, Buffalo 0

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Pascal Leclaire recorded his third shutout in just four games Friday night, as the Columbus Blue Jackets blanked Buffalo, 3-0.

Broken leg sidelines Michael Peca

TORONTO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Toronto center Michael Peca is out indefinitely because of a broken right leg and torn ligaments in his right knee.

NHL: Atlanta 5, Toronto 2

TORONTO, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Slava Kozlov had two goals and an assist Tuesday as the Atlanta Thrashers scored five third-period goals in a 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

NHL: Toronto 6, Boston 4

BOSTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Darcy Tucker, Michael Peca and Bryan McCabe scored first-period goals Thursday night, and Toronto stopped a late Boston rally to beat the Bruins, 6-4.

NHL: N.Y. Rangers 5, Toronto 4 (SO)

TORONTO, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A shoot-out goal by Brendan Shanahan Saturday night gave the New York Rangers a 5-4 win over Toronto.

NHL: Toronto 4, Columbus 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Bryan McCabe, Kyle Wellwood, Michael Peca and Johnny Pohl scored goals Friday night to help Toronto beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-2.

NHL: Edmonton 5, Anaheim 4

EDMONTON, Alberta, May 23 (UPI) -- Edmonton defeated the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 5-4, Tuesday after the two had eight goals in the third period of Game Three of the NHL Western finals.
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Michael Peca
Toronto Maple Leafs center Michael Peca (27) and right wing Jeff O'Neill (92) celebrate their first period goal against the Boston Bruins at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston on December 7, 2006. O'Neill scored the goal assisted by Peca. (UPI Photo/Katie McMahon)

Michael Anthony Peca (born March 26, 1974) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward in the National Hockey League (NHL). He most recently played for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the NHL. He has also played for the Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs. He retired on January 19, 2010 after 13 seasons in the NHL.

Peca began his junior career with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) after they selected him in the first round of the 1990 player draft. He was traded to the Ottawa 67's where he blossomed into one of the leagues top offensive players. He was selected to represent Canada at the 1994 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He captained the Canadian team at the 2001 World Championships in Germany. His nickname was "Captain Crunch" because of his penchant for delivering bone-crushing open ice hits.

Peca was drafted in the second round, 40th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Peca has twice won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for being the best defensive forward, in 1996–97 and 2001–02. Peca captained the Buffalo Sabres to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Canadian ice hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He was acquired by the Edmonton Oilers in a trade with the New York Islanders in exchange for Mike York.

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