A 1989 draft pick by the Edmonton Oilers, Peter White was one of the AHL’s most dangerous offensive weapons in the 90’s.
White’s rookie season with the Cape Breton Oilers began slowly, but he showed improvement as the year went on and finished with 40 points in 64 games and six points in 16 playoff contests as the Oilers captured the 1993 Calder Cup title. White erupted for 70 points in 45 games with Cape Breton in 1993-94, and led the league with 69 assists and 105 points in just 65 contests in 1994-95.
White split the 1995-96 season between the Edmonton and Toronto organizations, then signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. In his first two seasons with the Flyers’ new affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, White led the league in goals (44) and points (105) in 1996-97, and then finished first in assists (78) and points (105) in 1997-98 for his third scoring title in four years. He then added 18 points in 20 playoff games as the Phantoms brought the Calder Cup to Philadelphia for the first time.
After leading the Phantoms in scoring again in 1998-99 (90 points) and a 61-point effort in 62 games in 1999-2000, White got an extended recall by the parent Flyers and was part of their run to the NHL’s conference finals in 2000. White spent the next four seasons with the Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks, and continued to produce nearly a point per game in the AHL with the Phantoms and Norfolk Admirals. His final AHL action came in 2004-05, when he notched 45 points in 80 games between Philadelphia and Utah.
A Second Team AHL All-Star at center in 1995 and 1997 and a three-time participant in the AHL All-Star Classic, White sits 14th on the AHL’s all-time scoring list with 783 points compiled over 747 career games, and is eighth all-time with 533 assists. He is joined by fellow AHL Hall of Famers Bill Sweeney, Bruce Boudreau and Tim Tookey as the only players to record three 100-point seasons in their careers, and White and Sweeney are the AHL’s only three-time AHL scoring champions.