1994-95 Vancouver Canucks
Road CCM Knit, Size 54, Set 1, 25th
Anniversary Patch, Canuck Place Patch
Moderate overall wear with decent board burns,
puck/stick marks, all very evident for a black jersey, "S1
95" written in black sharpie on tag, and original price tag
still in neck. Jersey was acquired directly from the team's store
approximately 10 years ago. This is without question the one of
the rarest of all of Peca's pro jerseys, and most likely one of
no more than four worn in his brief 42-game campaign with Vancouver.
Incredible jersey worn by this two time Selke Award recipient!
Throughout his career,
Mike Peca has played a big game in terms of leadership, heart, tenacity,
and a willingness to use his body.
He started his solid junior career with the Sudbury Wolves of the
OHL where he played for two seasons before joining the Ottawa 67's
in 1992. In the nation's capital, Peca turned his game up to the top
levels, scoring 113 points in only 55 games. His scoring prowess and
feisty play won him a four-game stint with the Vancouver Canucks,
who had secured his rights at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft after he was
taken 40th overall. A member of Canada's gold medal World Junior team
in 1994, Peca returned for 38 more games in 1994-95 before Vancouver
management succumbed to a desire to pry Alexander Mogilny away from
the Sabres. To do so they had to give up on Peca before they'd determined
exactly what they had.
The Sabres soon found out what they got. In Peca they secured a hard-working
team leader who excelled at defensive play, special teams, and scoring
short-handed goals. In 1997, he won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the
league's top defensive forward.
By 1998, Peca was appointed as the Sabres' team captain, and led the
Sabres to the Stanley Cup final in 1999 before losing out to the Dallas
Stars. After sitting out the entire 2000-01 season, due to a contract
dispute with Sabres management, Peca was finally traded to the New
York Islanders in the summer of 2001. Prior to joining the Islanders,
Peca captained Canada's World Championship team at the 2001 World
Championships in Germany and in his first season with the Isles, led
them to their first playoff appearance since the 1994-95 season. Although
the Islanders lost in the first round to the Toronto Maple Leafs in
a hard hitting seven game series, Peca's performance throughout the
regular season did not go without reward, as he captured his second
Frank J. Selke Trophy.
After missing the early part of the 2002-03 season recovering from
knee surgery, Peca still managed to compile 42 points and continued
to be a leader on the ice for the Isles until being dealt to the Edmonton
Oilers in the summer of 2005.