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Ducks goalie coach Peeters announces retirement @NHL

The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that goalie consultant Pete Peeters, who spent 30 years in the NHL as a player and coach, will retire.

Peeters, 55, named goalie consultant with the Ducks on July 28, 2009, mentored current Ducks goaltenders Jonas Hiller and Viktor Fasth during his four-year tenure with the club.

Prior to joining Anaheim, Peeters served as the goaltending coach for the Edmonton Oilers from 2000-01 through 2008-09. He coached Dwayne Roloson when the Oilers reached the Stanley Cup Final against the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. Peeters also spent four seasons as the goalie coach for the Winnipeg Jets and Phoenix Coyotes from 1993-97.

"Congratulations to Pete on a tremendous career, both as a player and a coach," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. "Pete's character, competitiveness and class have made him one of the League's great people. We wish him the very best during his well-deserved retirement and thank him for his contributions to the Ducks and the NHL."

Peeters was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the eighth round (No. 135) of the 1977 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut during the 1978-79 season. In his first full season (1979-80), Peeters finished 29-5-5 and helped lead the Flyers to a 35-game undefeated streak, the longest in NHL history. Philadelphia reached the Stanley Cup Final but dropped a six-game series to the New York Islanders.

Peeters won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie in 1982-83 as a member of the Boston Bruins.

"I could write a small book thanking everyone who has made my career such a great experience," Peeters said. "The Ducks welcomed me into their family and made me feel a part of it from Day One. Thank you to the Samuelis, Michael Schulman and Bob Murray for giving me the opportunity to work with this great organization. I will certainly miss the people, including the coaches, players and the entire club staff. The list could go on and on."

In his 13-year career, Peeters appeared in 489 career games with Philadelphia, Boston and the Washington Capitals, recording a 246-155-51 mark with a 3.08 goals-against average. He was a four-time All-Star (1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984).

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