Biography:

Michael Peca’s Olympic debut was at Salt Lake City 2002 where he and Team Canada captured the gold medal, ending a 50-year drought. Peca served as an assistant captain and contributed two assists over six games in the Olympic tournament.

Peca represented Canada for the first time at the 1994 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he recorded four points over seven games to help lead Canada to the gold medal. Peca would go on to captain Team Canada at the 2001 IIHF World Championship where he totaled four points over three games.

Peca was selected 40th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft and would go on to have a 13-season NHL career. Peca totaled 864 games played and 465 points over his career. Peca also won the Frank J. Selke trophy twice (1997, 2002) as the best defensive forward while playing for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.

Peca was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2009 with his teammates from the 2002 Olympic hockey team.