October 09, 2015

Peter White

National Hockey League teams are always looking for two things - players who can create offense, and players who can skate.

Peter White was excellent at creating offense at the American Hockey League level. He led the entire AHL in scoring in 1995, 1996, and 1997 with identical 105 point campaigns. That and two Calder Cup championships were the highlights of a 12 year AHL Hall of Fame career that saw him score 250 goals and 783 points in 747 career AHL games.

Despite his impressive AHL career, White couldn't stick in the NHL, mostly because he was not a great skater. NHL teams gave him his shot - 64 games in Edmonton, 104 in Philly including a full season in 2000-01 and 54 in Chicago (plus one in Toronto) but he never really established himself. In 220 games at the NHL level he scored 23 goals and 60 points.

White, who was once married to the daughter of Flyers legend Bobby Clarke, relied on positioning and hockey sense. More of a playmaker than a sniper, What did Clarke, who was also the Flyers' team president at the time, think of his son-in-law?

"I think he's better than some players in the NHL," he said. "But I could probably say that about a number of players in the AHL. You just have to be in the right place and the right time."

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