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at Madison Square Garden vs NY Rangers, circa 1965

Peter David Stemkowski (August 25 1943 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) - is a former player in the National Hockey League. Over fifteen seasons, he played for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, and Los Angeles Kings. Stemkowski is best remembered for his heroics in the 1970–71 Stanley Cup semifinals when he scored two overtime goals for the New York Rangers in an eventual series loss to the Chicago Black Hawks. He won the Stanley Cup in 1967 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Pete Stemkowski, who played the position of a line center, is also remembered as one of the top faceoff players of the NHL.

In that 1971 semifinal against the Black Hawks, "Stemmer" or "stem" scored the game winner in Game 1 after just 1:37 of overtime. The Rangers would lose Game 5 in overtime, only to be in the same position in Game 6. Facing elimination, the Rangers forced a deciding seventh game when Stemkowski scored at 1:29 of the third overtime - a total of 41:29 of extra time. This game is still the longest in Rangers history. The MSG Network special The 50 Greatest Moments in Madison Square Garden History placed the Game 6 triple overtime winner at number 18.

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Broadcasting career

As of May, 1982, Stemkowski was a morning disc jockey for WDJZ in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[1]. He was also a free lance announcer for the Entertainment Sports Network.

He has served a stint as the television (1992–1996) and radio color commentator (2000–2005) for the San Jose Sharks and now does so for the New York Rangers on a part-time basis. He was rumored to be a candidate to become the Rangers' full-time radio analyst in 2006–07 but has retained his back-up role and makes appearances at Rangers events.

Conviction for Criminal Solicitation

On May 7, 1982, Stemkowski pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of criminal solicitation in Nassau County, New York. Stemkowski had lent $35,000 to a business associate, which had not been repaid along with $35,000 in interest. He offered $20,000 to an undercover Nassau County police officer to fly to California and break an ankle and wrist of the business associate. By pleading guilty, Stemkowski avoided a charge of conspiracy.

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