Player Testimonials

Jamie Tardif
Petes Alumni 2001-06
Captain 2005-06, OHL Champion 2005-06
“As a former player of the Peterborough Petes I am very honoured to be able to say that I played for the best organization in junior hockey. Being a Pete has made me a better person on and off the ice. The city and the organization have shown me nothing but respect and support throughout my 5 seasons in Peterborough. They were the best years of my life. The thing that I value most is the relationships I made in Peterborough and all the support from my billets, other billets, members of the organization and most importantly the boys on the team. I’ve made a lot of life time friendships while wearing a Petes uniform and I am very grateful to have had that opportunity.”



Jeff MacDougald

Petes Alumni 2002-05
Winner of the OHL’s Dan Snyder Award in 2005 as the OHL Humanitarian of the Year

“Playing with the Peterborough Petes made me into the person that I am today. Not only did it give me a great place to play OHL hockey but at the same time it gave me a great environment to become a better person. The organization, staff, billets, players, community, fans and city are all in a class of their own. The Peterborough Petes organization has aided me in furthering my education and to play varsity hockey at the university level (Wilfrid Laurier University) where I have had the privilege of making it to the CIS National Championship back to back years. I did not know how privileged I was to be a Peterborough Pete until I left the organization, but soon after they made me realize: ‘Once a Pete, ALWAYS a Pete.’ ”


Jamie Chamberlain

Petes Alumni 1998-02

“Once a Pete always a Pete” is a familiar saying within the confines of the Peterborough Memorial Centre. I owe a lot to the Petes after playing four successful seasons in their organization, my last two as an assistant captain. To excel on the ice as well as developing each player as a student and a person is of utmost importance. It was four of the best years of my life. In 1999, I was drafted by the Dallas Stars. I went on to attend the University of Western Ontario, in part due to the generous education package I received from the Petes. I achieved a Degree in Criminology and Psychology while playing for the Mustangs varsity hockey team. In my fourth and final year there, I was the captain. I am now playing professional hockey in Germany. The Peterborough Petes had a huge impact on the person that I am today.


Linda and Henry Staal (parents)

Eric Staal, Petes Alumni 2000-03                                                            Jordan Staal, Petes Alumni 2004-06

“Having sent four sons to the OHL and two of those to the Peterborough Petes, our overall experience has been a very positive one. The Petes organization has been very honest and caring, both at the rink and away from it. Sending a 15 year old child some 16 hours away from home was not an easy thing to do, but the Petes have gone above and beyond even our best expectations. If we had four more sons, I know we would not hesitate to send them to the O.H.L. and especially to the Peterborough Petes.”