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Brent Peterson
Brent Peterson
Number: 12
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190
Born: Feb 15, 1958
Birthplace: Calgary, AB, Canada
Drafted: DET / 1978 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 1st (12th overall)
He was selected 12th overall in the 1978 entry draft by the Detroit Red Wings. But his start with the club was not the smooth entry that he'd hoped for. In 1979-80, he was called up to the Motor City from the Wings AHL affiliate in Glen Falls, New York. The club's GM told him to secure a residence since he'd be sticking around. He got rid of his digs in New York and put a $1,500 deposit down on a place in Detroit. Two days later, he was dispatched back to Adirondack. He lost his big-league shot, his deposit and returned to New York with no place to live.

He survived the upheaval, but never really caught on with the Wings. In 1981, he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres where he finally found a regular niche at the NHL level. With more ice time and the great defensive artist Craig Ramsey as a linemate, Peterson soon refined his skills as an excellent defensive specialist with a deft touch for killing penalties.

In all, he served the Sabres for parts of four seasons until the Vancouver Canucks, with their sagging penalty-killing unit, came calling during the waiver draft in 1985. Peterson simply transferred his defensive game to the West Coast and successfully poured new life into the defensively troubled Canucks' lineup. He performed his magic until the Hartford Whalers make like the Canucks and brought the hard-working centreman to Connecticut where he played for two seasons before retiring in 1989.

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