Toby Petersen
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Born October 27 1978 (1978-10-27) (age 41),
Minneapolis, MN, USA
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
197 lb (89 kg; 14 st 1 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
Pro clubs Pittsburgh Penguins
Edmonton Oilers
Dallas Stars
Ntl. team Flag of the United States United States of America
NHL Draft 244th overall, 1998
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2000–2014

Tobias Emanuel Petersen (born October 27, 1978 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota) is a retired American professional ice hockey right winger who formerly played for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He attended Colorado College, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 244th overall in the 9th round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Playing careerEdit

During Game 3 of the Western Conference Final in the 2005–06 playoffs, Petersen scored his first ever NHL playoff goal against Ilya Bryzgalov of the Anaheim Ducks by stealing the puck and wrapping it into an empty net while Bryzgalov attempted to make a play behind his goal line.

Petersen has stated that he is a type-one diabetic.[2] As a result, he must use his insulin pump during games. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins nominated him as their 2003–2004 AHL Man of the Year candidate for his work with Diabetes charities.

Petersen remains a huge Minnesota sports fan, especially the Twins. He met Mike Modano at a youth hockey camp when Modano was a rookie for the North Stars; at one point, Modano even babysat the younger player. Now playing together on the Dallas Stars, Petersen was impressed that Modano remembered him from so many years prior.

In 2008 Petersen had a memorable experience at the AHL All-Star Game. The experience began the day before the game when Petersen won the 2008 AHL Skills Competition's fastest skater event with a 14.001 second lap.[3] The experience continued during the game as Petersen recorded 3 points including scoring on the first ever penalty shot in an AHL All-Star Game.[4]

In the 2013–14 season, his 7th within the Stars organization, Petersen helped the Texas Stars to claim their first Calder Cup and immediately announced his retirement from professional hockey.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Toby and wife Alexa have 2 sons: Bjorn (born August 2006)[6] and Elliott (born October 2008).[7]

Career statistics Edit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97Colorado CollegeNCAA4017213818
1997–98Colorado CollegeNCAA4016173334
1998–99Colorado CollegeNCAA211212242
1999–00Colorado CollegeNCAA371419338
2000–01Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL73264167222176134
2000–01Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL122684
2001–02Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL79810184
2002–03Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL803135662461344
2003–04Wilkes-Barre/Scranton PenguinsAHL62152944421210121
2004–05Edmonton RoadrunnersAHL7814152921
2005–06Iowa StarsAHL792647734872462
2005–06Edmonton OilersNHL21010
2006–07Iowa StarsAHL72680
2006–07Edmonton OilersNHL6469154
2007–08Iowa StarsAHL6421305124
2007–08Dallas StarsNHL80334160002
2008–09Dallas StarsNHL57471114
2009–10Dallas StarsNHL7896156
2010–11Dallas StarsNHL602468
2010–11Texas StarsAHL10112
2011–12Dallas StarsNHL392356
2012–13Texas StarsAHL7481624690002
2012–13Dallas StarsNHL10000
2013–14Texas StarsAHL335611670110
NHL totals 398 33 48 81 50 18 1 0 1 2


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
1997 United States WJC Silver medal icon 6 0 2 2 0
1998 United States WJC 5th 7 0 2 2 0
2007 United States WC 5th 7 2 1 3 4
Junior totals 13 0 4 4 0
Senior totals 7 2 1 3 4

Awards and honorsEdit

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 1997
WCHA All-Tournament Team 1997 [8]
Calder Cup Champion 2014


  1. Toby Petersen. Hockey Reference. Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  2. Townsend, Brad (2009-02-22). Diabetes doesn't slow Dallas Stars' Toby Petersen. The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved on 2009-05-01.
  3. PlanetUSA takes Skills Competition, 15-9. The Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
  4. Purcell leads Canadians to All-Star Game victory. The Retrieved on March 22, 2010.
  5. Texas Stars (2014-06-19). Petersen announces retirement upon celebrations. Twitter. Retrieved on 2014-06-19.
  6. Petersen won't let diabetes slow him. (2011-02-02). Retrieved on 2011-02-02.
  7. Stars vs. Devils. Dallas Stars (2008-10-22). Retrieved on 2008-10-22.
  8. "WCHA Tourney History", WCHA. Retrieved on 2014-06-26. 

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