Agitating winger P.J. Stock was born May 26, 1975 in the predominantly English-speaking Montreal island suburb of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec. Never selected in the NHL Draft, the scrappy, chirping forward earned a contract with the New York Rangers after playing Junior A, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (Victoriaville Tigres) and collegiate (St. Francis Xavier University) hockey. In the Quebec League in 1995-96, Stock racked up 432 penalty minutes in addition to 62 points in 67 games.
At the pro level, Stock was used mostly as an energy player and pot-stirrer although he did have a 13-goal, 36-point season in 64 games for the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack in 1999-2000. Too small at 5-foot-11, 183-pounds to regularly fight heavyweights, Stock would nevertheless get involved in the rough stuff.
Stock began the 2000-2001 season with the Montreal Canadiens. On December 7, 2000, the Flyers acquired Stock and a 2001 sixth-round draft pick (Dennis Seidenberg) from Montreal in exchange for veteran enforcer Gino Odjick. Splitting the rest of the season between the Flyers and the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms, Stock played 31 games for the Flyers (one goal, three assists, four points, 78 penalty minutes) and nine games with the Phantoms (one goal, two assists, three points, 37 penalty minutes). The player also dressed in two Stanley Cup playoff games, appearing in the fifth and sixth games of the Flyers' first-round loss to the Buffalo Sabres. He did not record a point or take any penalties, and was minus-two at even strength.
Stock moved on from the Flyers' organization after the season, joining the Boston Bruins, with whom he would spend two full and one partial season. Stock then finished up his playing career with a second stint with the Phantoms, with whom he played 66 games (five goals, 18 assists, 23 points, 207 penalty minutes) plus 12 playoff matches (zero goals, two assists, 24 penalty minutes).
While he got under opposing players' skin on the ice, Stock was known as a personable and gregarious person off the ice. The fully bilingual English and French speaker went on to a studio analyst career on Canadian national TV. More famous by his initials than his given name, the "P.J." derived from his first (Philip) and middle (Joseph) names.