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10-17-2011, 12:59 PM
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Regina selects a guy who I think is the ideal AAA (or MLD) 4 th liner – ”Pistol” Pete Horeck, LW. Horeck is, by my estimation, the third most offensively accomplished pre-expansion NHL winger out there, and the two ahead of him aren’t far ahead, nor are they cut out for bottom-six duty. From 1945 to 1949, he achieved his five best percentage scores; 79, 49, 48, 45, and 40, placing 10th, 23rd, 28th, 29th and 33rd in scoring. He was described as a very tough and physical player, and a lot of game reports I read in research for other players mentioned him getting into scraps and altercations with others.

Players describes him as the Mike Peca of his day, for his open-ice hitting ability, though his defensive ability to fulfill that comparison is unknown at this time. Horeck’s playoff resume includes no Stanley cups but he did get to the finals twice, in 1948 and 1949 with Detroit, leading the 1948 playoffs with 7 assists. Also notable was his massive collision with Vezina winner Al Rollins when Rollins left his crease to get to a loose puck before Horeck could retrieve it for a breakaway. It knocked Rollins out, leaving the Leafs with an aging Broda to tend the nets. They were no worse off; however, finishing off Horeck’s Bruins in 6 games and winning yet another cup.

LW Pete Horeck

- 5'9", 158 lbs
- Stanley Cup Finalist (1948, 1949)
- 9th in goals (1946) - top-20 one more time
- 9th in assists (1946)
- 10th in points (1946)
- 6th in playoff goals, 1st in assists, 3rd in points (1948) - Led all Wings including Howe, Lindsay, Abel, Kelly!
- 224 points in 446 games
- 14 points in 34 playoff games

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Pete Horeck enjoyed a 426-game NHL career over eight seasons, beginning in 1944-45 as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, who claimed him from Cleveland in the 1944 Intra League Draft. It became evident Horeck had a knack for scoring, netting 20 goals in each of his first two seasons with the Blackhawks. He had drawn the attention of the Detroit Red Wings, who acquired him in a trade with Leo Reise for Adam Brown and Ray Powell in December, 1946.

After three seasons in the Motor City, Horeck was traded to the Boston Bruins in a multi-player deal in the summer of 1949. He played two years there before finishing out his NHL career back where it all began in Chicago.

Although Horeck played on a Detroit team that advanced to the Stanley Cup finals in both 1948 and 1949, he never played on a championship winner, losing both years to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Originally Posted by Players: The Ultimate A-Z Guide Of Every Player Who Has Ever played In the NHL
The Michael Peca of his day, Pete Horeck packed a ton of meanness and physical punishment into his 158-pound frame… established a reputation as a ferocious checker who was both fearless and reckless… he became a fan favourite, the little guy who could…in the first round of the 1951 playoffs he had his most controversial moment, racing after a loose puck he collided with Al Rollins, who was lost for the series with ligament damage

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