Andrew Peters
Position Left wing
Shot Left
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
240 lb (109 kg)
Teams Buffalo Sabres
New Jersey Devils
Born May 5 1980 (1980-05-05) (age 40),
St. Catharines, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 34th overall, 1998
Buffalo Sabres
Pro Career 2000 – 2011

Andrew Peters (born May 5, 1980) is a retired Canadian ice hockey left winger

Playing career Edit

Peters was drafted 34th overall by the Sabres in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Besides the NHL, Peters has also played for the Rochester Americans in the AHL, as well as the OHL's Oshawa Generals and Kitchener Rangers.

While on the Rochester Americans, Andrew got into an on-ice fight with his brother Geoff Peters. Andrew has stated in interviews that he did not know it was his brother that he was fighting.

For a short time, both Andrew and Geoff played for the same team (Rochester Americans). During one game, Andrew and Geoff collaborated on a goal. Andrew received an assist while Geoff was credited with the goal.[1] During his time in the AHL, Peters led the league for most penalty minutes at 388.

Peters admitted in 2005 that he had used Androstenedione earlier in his career, though there were no rules against it at the time. He stopped using it after the Food and Drug Administration banned its sale in April 2004. Peters claimed to have not taken the supplement for 3 years now.[2]

Throughout his career Peters has been known more so for his rough play than his scoring ability, having not scored a goal between the 03-04 season and February 20, 2007. Peters goal in the 03-04 season was scored on an empty net. Peters fourth, and next goal would come a little over a year later, on February 28, 2008. Less than two weeks later Peters received a one-game suspension for his altercation with New York Rangers forward Colton Orr.

On January 6, 2009, Peters was involved in an incident with Jarkko Ruutu, in which Peters shoved his glove into Ruutu's face. Ruutu then bit Peters's thumb through the glove, piercing the skin. Peters was called for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play, but Ruutu was suspended the next day for two games.

On September 12, 2009, the New Jersey Devils invited Peters to try out with the team during training camp.[3] On September 25, the Devils signed Peters to a one-way two-year contract worth the NHL's league minimum of $500,000 US.[4]

On June 30, 2010 he was placed on waivers.[5] On July 2, he was bought out by the Devils.[6] He will receive $166,667 US in compensation in each of the next 2 seasons from the New Jersey Devils. Then, on August 20, 2010 the Florida Panthers signed Peters[7] to a two-way one-year contract worth the NHL's league minimum of $500,000 US and 75,000 in the AHL.[8]

On October 6, 2010, the Panthers traded Peters to the Vancouver Canucks for Darcy Hordichuk.[9] The Canucks then immediately loaned Peters (and Nathan Paetsch, traded to the Canucks in a separate transaction) back to the Rochester Americans. On November 1, following a violation of team curfew, the Panthers jettisoned Paetsch and Peters from the Amerks' roster, leaving Peters without a team (Paetsch was loaned to the Syracuse Crunch) as the Manitoba Moose, the Canucks' AHL affiliate, would not accept him on its roster.

On February 8, 2011, the Canucks agreed to a mutual release from his contract. While Vancouver asked that he report to the AHL's Manitoba Moose, Peters instead decided to announce his retirement from professional hockey.[10]

Personal life Edit

In his free time, Peters gave his efforts to numerous charities, and made several visits to Children's Hospitals in both Buffalo and Rochester during his career.[11] He was also a featured member at Ryan Miller's "Catwalk for Charity" events. In 2008, Peters would tend bar at the Pearl St. Grill and Brewery during the summer with all tips going to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.[12] Peters and his wife also did work to promote the Family Justice Center of Western New York,[13] which works with women who have been victims of domestic violence.

In 2010, Peters was a big part of two charity hockey games. In the first ever "Hockey Night in St. Catharines",[14] he was able to gather some other NHL players from the area to play in the game which ended up raising over $100,000 for the United Way. Also, he participated in a game in Rochester for the late Craig Charron, who was a former teammate.[15]

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98Oshawa GeneralsOHL6011718220720219
1998–99Oshawa GeneralsOHL541410241371527936
1999–00Kitchener RangersOHL426131995401114
2000–01Rochester AmericansAHL49044118
2001–02Rochester AmericansAHL67415338
2002–03Rochester AmericansAHL57303223300024
2003–04Buffalo SabresNHL42202151
2005–06Buffalo SabresNHL28000100
2006–07Buffalo SabresNHL58112125
2007–08Buffalo SabresNHL44112100
2008–09Buffalo SabresNHL2801181
2009–10New Jersey DevilsNHL2900093
2010–11Rochester AmericansAHL20004
NHL totals 229 4 3 7 650

External links Edit

References Edit

  1. [1]
  2. - NHL - Sabres enforcer says he used andro - Thursday August 25, 2005 2:56PM
  3. Fighter Andrew Peters gets NJ Devils training camp tryout |
  4. Devils sign enforcer Peters -
  5. Devils place Jay Pandolfo, Andrew Peters on waivers |
  6. A quiet day of free agency for the Devils |
  7. Panthers grow teeth — add Peters
  8. :: It's a numbers game :: NHL Player Contract Salary History :: Andrew Peters
  9. Ziemer, Brad (2010-10-02). Canucks trade Darcy Hordichuk to Panthers for Andrew Peters. The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved on 2009-11-12.
  12. PETERS MIXES IT UP - Buffalo Sabres - Features
  13. Family Justice message features Sabres' Peters - Business First of Buffalo

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