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Jim Peplinski

Born:Oct 24, 1960Draft: 1979 Flames, 75th Overall
Hometown:Renfrew, OntarioPosition:Right Wing
Known For:Stanley Cup Champion (1989)Shoots:Right
National Team:CanadaCurrent StatusRetired

Jim Peplinski (born October 24, 1960) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player, having played his final year in the NHL with the Calgary Flames during the 1994-95 season. Drafted 75th overall in the 1979 Entry Draft, Peplinski made his debut following Atlanta’s relocation to Calgary and quickly became a contributing member to the team. He played his entire career for the Flames, wearing the captaincy from the 1984-85 season until his initial retirement after six games in the 1989-90 season. After four years of inactivity, and a brief stint in broadcasting with Hockey Night in Canada as an analyst, he attempted a comeback that lasted six games. Peplinski stepped away from hockey for a second and final time during the 1994-95 season.

Throughout his career, Peplinski missed just 24 games, earning him the reputation for being durable. He managed 424 points in 711 games while amassing 1,467 penalty minutes as well. As part of the 1989 Stanley Cup Flames, he was scratched in favour of Lanny McDonald in the final game due to expectations of McDonald retiring after the season. While he watched from the rafters as the Flames captured the Stanley Cup, Peplinski’s name is forever engraved on the trophy, and he celebrated happily on the ice with the team following the win.

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  • NHL Charlie Conacher Humanitarian Award (1984)
  • NHL Stanley Cup Champion (1989)