Athlete Profile

Michael Peca
Born: Toronto
DOB: Mar. 26, 1974 (27). Height: 6-0, Weight: 190. Shoots: Right. NHL team: New York Islanders.
International history: Injury limited his effectiveness in 2001 world championship. A member of Canada's 2000 Spengler Cup team. Won a gold medal at the 1994 world junior championships.
What he brings: Peca is as close as there is to a role player on the 2002 Canadian Olympic team. Known for his leadership skills, he was captain of the last two NHL teams that he played for. Renowned for his grittiness and single-minded desire to win, he is usually cast in a checking role against the opposition's top centre.
Career highlights: Won the 1997 Frank J. Selke trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward. Helped Buffalo Sabres qualify for the 1999 Stanley Cup finals. Two-time winner of the Punch Imlach memorial award, presented for dedication and leadership.