Pete Backor

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Pete Backor
Born (1919-04-29)April 29, 1919
Fort William, Ontario, Canada
Died June 30, 1988(1988-06-30) (aged 69)
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1944–1956

Peter Joseph Backor (April 29, 1919 in Fort William, Ontario – June 30, 1988) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman of Slovak origin who played briefly for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL.

Career

Pete Backor was born in 1919 in Fort William, Ontario to Slovak parents who emigrated from Orava in northern Slovakia to Canada. Although he played just a single season in the NHL, Backor made it count as he helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup in 1945. After that season he spent the next 11 years playing in the minor leagues for the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL with whom he won the Calder Cup in 1952, the Hollywood Wolves of the PCHL and the Sault Ste. Marie Indians of the NOHL. Backor retired from hockey in 1956.

He was one of the few players of Slovak descent in the NHL's younger years if not the first one ever.

Personal life

He was brother-in-law to another NHL legend of Slovak descent Rudy Migay who played for Toronto Maple Leafs.

Achievements

  • AHL First All-Star Team (1946, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951)
  • Stanley Cup Champions 1945 (with Toronto)

External links

  • Pete Backor career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Hockey Hall of Fame Biography
  • Picture of Pete Backor's Name on the 1945 Stanley Cup Plaque
  • Pete Backor at Find a Grave
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