Mike Pelyk


Mike Pelyk was chosen by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1964 NHL Amateur draft. After which, he played for the Toronto Marlboros between 1965 and 1967. Pelyk  began his NHL career with the Maple Leafs in 1967 and gained a full-time spot on the roster for the 1968-69 season. He spent the next six and a half years in Toronto, where he was known for tough defense and his speed on the ice. During the 1973-74 season, Pelyk led Maple Leaf defensemen in scoring.

In 1974, He left the NHL to play in the WHA for two seasons.  He was a member of the Vancouver Blazers and then captain of the Cincinnati Stingers before returning to the Maple Leafs in 1976. He finished his NHL career in Toronto, retiring in 1998. During these final two seasons with the Maple Leafs, he also played for the Dallas Black Hawks and Tulsa Oilers of the CHL.