In celebration of the new year 2021, Petes fans are called to cast their vote to decide which Petes best represents their respective jersey number from 1 – 21. The top four players to wear each number will be showcased every day for 20 consecutive days and Petes fans will vote for who they believe wore it best!
Nick Ritchie played for the Petes from 2011-15 and he put up 180 points in 189 games. He won a gold medal at the World Junior Championship in 2015. He is the most recent Pete to be drafted in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft (10th overall by the Anaheim Ducks). In 2020, he joined the Boston Bruins.
Ron Lalonde played for the Petes from 1970-72 and was named captain in his final year. He played for the Penguins from 1972-75 but made his mark when he was traded to the Capitals. Lalonde played 397 games in the NHL, scoring 45 goals and 78 assists for 123 points. During his time with the Capitals, he became the first player in franchise history to record a hat trick on March 30, 1975, against the Detroit Red Wings.
Keith Crowder played for the Petes from 1976-79 and earned two J. Ross Robertson Cups with the group in 1978 and 1979 and was on the roster that won the organization’s only Memorial Cup. He was drafted 57th overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He played 662 career NHL games, scoring 223 goals and 271 assists for 494 points while adding 1,354 penalty minutes. His best offensive season was the 1985–86 season, when he set career highs with 38 goals, 46 assists, 84 points, 177 penalty minutes, and 20 power-play goals.
Chris Longo played for the Petes from 1989-92 and put up 75 points in his rookie year. He won the OHL’s Emms Family Award for Rookie of the Year in 1990. As a member of the Portland Pirates in the AHL, Longo won the Calder Cup.
* Predetermined players that fans are voting on have been selected from 1956 – 2019 (2019 is the player’s final season with the Petes).
* Many of these players have worn multiple jersey numbers while playing for the Petes, these players will not show up to be voted on for each number they have worn. They will only show up and be made available to vote for on one of their Petes jersey numbers.