Former Quinnipiac men's ice hockey captain Matthew Peca was featured as a player to watch in the National Hockey League in 2015-16 by CollegeHockeyInc.com. The article "Smaller Stars Shining in NHL" discusses the success of professional hockey players that are 6-feet-tall and under.
Peca, at 5-feet-9-inches, suited up for the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch after his final year with the Bobcats. The Crunch are the top affiliate of the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning, who Peca signed a two-year deal with on Apr. 2, 2015. In eight games, Peca totaled a goal and three assists for four points. Peca made an immediate impact with the Crunch as highlighted in the Syracuse media.
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Peca's Quinnipiac career came to end with the Bobcats' third-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and the most wins for a four-year career (97) in program history. Since Quinnipiac made its first of three appearances in the national tournament, Quinnipiac tied Minnesota for the most wins (77) over the last three years.
In his time at Quinnipiac, Peca scored 42 goals and assisted on 101 more for 143 career points. He became just the fourth player in program history to record 100 career assists and currently sixth in career points.
This past season, Peca scored seven goals while dishing out a team-high 29 assists for 36 points to become just the fourth All-ECAC Hockey First Team selection since Quinnipiac joined the league in 2005-06. He is also one of four players in the team's history to reach 30 points in each of his four seasons at Quinnipiac.