Days Until Opening Night: 49, Teddy Peckman

We’re officially under t-minus 50 days until puck drop on our first Cup contending season in about 25 years. Yes, in 49 days we’ll catch our first of what will be many glimpses of Connor McDaddy inflating Mike Smith’s GAA like a fucking air mattress. For anticipation purposes, we’ll be counting down the days with blogs using numbers of past and present Oilers players all the way up to our first of 82 regular season game day blogs. We begin today, at 49 days away, with former Oilers blue liner and current Saugeen Shores Winterhawk, Theo Peckham.

Today’s player: Teddy Peckman

Might have been the last game for both Ted and Nate Horton. Who knows.

Career as an Oiler:

160 4 13 17 388 -15

Teddy actually finished third in the league in PIMs in 2010-11. We had 25 wins that year. In his last season as an Oiler, Ted finished with an average TOI of 18:00 in only four games played, because our blue line looked exactly like this:

Mark Fistric
Theo Peckham
Jeff Petry
Corey Potter
Nick Schultz
Justin Schultz
Ladislav Smid
Ryan Whitney

In a painfully hilarious twist of fate, this band of juggernauts and future Senior AAAers that consisted of Ted, Jeff Petry, Laddy Smid, the Schultz bros, a boat anchor, the ghost of Ryan Whitney’s ankles, and the guy who stepped on Taylor Hall’s face wound up patrolling our blue line in what would inevitably be our most successful season in the Hall era, by far. Months later, we fired our coach over Skype.

Ted’s last goal as an Oiler came on November 5th, 2011, in a 4-2 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes. Yes, they were still Phoenix back then. I know it seems like yesterday that Ted was with the boys, hustling back at slug speed trying to catch whichever opponent had the luxury of being on the ice with him at that time, but in reality it’s been about six years since the man Don Cherry struggled to pronounce made a positive impact on the outcome of what was probably an Oilers loss anyways. Time flies when you stink worse than the toilets in central Mumbai.

Where is he now?

As mentioned, Ted is currently skating back to catch opposing players out in the budding metropolis of Saugeen Shores, ON, home of the Senior AAA Winterhawks. Before this, he was a liability for a handful of AHL and ECHL clubs, a couple of European teams you’ve definitely never heard of, including the Rodovre Mighty Bulls and Banska Bystrica HC 05 of the Danish and Slovak leagues, respectively. Next time you bless yourself in the presence of Edmonton’s Oasis that is Northlands, look carefully at the museum of Rexall and try to recall watching Ted pivot at a speed that rivals only that of a semi making a U-turn on the Yellowhead. Great times.

Did you know?

Ted is the half-brother of Angela James, the former Canadian women’s hockey star who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010, so he’s not even the best hockey player in his family.