Former Admiral Peter White to be Inducted into AHL Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Ė The American Hockey League yesterday announced that former Admirals forward Peter White is among a group of four people who have been selected for induction into the AHL Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013.
White skated with the Admirals in the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, netting 10 goals and 46 points in 55 regular season games and two goals and seven points in 13 Calder Cup Playoff games.
A 1989 draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers, White was one of the AHLís most dangerous offensive weapons in the 90ís.
Whiteís rookie season with the Cape Breton Oilers began slowly, but he showed improvement as the year went on and finished with 40 points in 64 games and six points in 16 playoff contests as the Oilers captured the 1993 Calder Cup title. White erupted for 70 points in 45 games with Cape Breton in 1993-94, and led the league with 69 assists and 105 points in just 65 contests in 1994-95.
White split the 1995-96 season between the Edmonton and Toronto organizations, then signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. In his first two seasons with the Flyersí new affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, White led the league in goals (44) and points (105) in 1996-97, and then finished first in assists (78) and points (105) in 1997-98 for his third scoring title in four years. He then added 18 points in 20 playoff games as the Phantoms brought the Calder Cup to Philadelphia for the first time.
After leading the Phantoms in scoring again in 1998-99 (90 points) and a 61-point effort in 62 games in 1999-2000, White got an extended recall by the parent Flyers and was part of their run to the NHLís conference finals in 2000. White spent the next four seasons with the Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks, and continued to produce nearly a point per game in the AHL with the Phantoms and Norfolk Admirals. His final AHL action came in 2004-05, when he notched 45 points in 80 games between Philadelphia and Utah.
A Second Team AHL All-Star at center in 1995 and 1997 and a three-time participant in the AHL All-Star Classic, White sits 14th on the AHLís all-time scoring list with 783 points compiled over 747 career games, and is eighth all-time with 533 assists. He is joined by fellow AHL Hall of Famers Bill Sweeney, Bruce Boudreau and Tim Tookey as the only players to record three 100-point seasons in their careers, and White and Sweeney are the AHLís only three-time AHL scoring champions.
The Class of 2013 will be honored as part of the festivities in Providence, R.I., at the 2013 Dunkiní Donuts AHL All-Star Classic. The American Hockey League Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, January 28, at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.
Formed in 2006 to recognize, honor and celebrate individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the American Hockey League, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at www.AHLHallofFame.com and is accessible to fans worldwide with the click of a mouse as part of the AHL Internet Network. The Network also includes TheAHL.com and all 30 official team sites, and hosts more than 250 million page views each year.
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams, as well as the NHLís on-ice officials. By seasonís end in 2011-12, more than 88 percent of all NHL players were American Hockey League graduates, including more than 200 former first- and second-round draft picks and more than 300 players who appeared in both leagues last season alone.