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Catching up with: Peter Arvanitis, Oklahoma City Blazers

Former Oklahoma City Blazer just completed second season as Oklahoma's club hockey team coach.
by Scott Munn Published: April 8, 2013
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photo - The Oklahoma City Blazers' Peter Arvanitis holds his bobblehead before a game in 2005.  Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman Archives
The Oklahoma City Blazers' Peter Arvanitis holds his bobblehead before a game in 2005. Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman Archives

Arvanitis' career ended Christmas Night 2004, suffering a wrist injury that sheared ligaments and tendons. He needed 18 months of rehabilitation and still has some movement limits.

He finished with 1,189 penalty minutes as a Blazer, but over seven seasons, he developed as a hockey player. The Montreal native became a decent point producer, one of the team's best faceoff men and a penalty killer deluxe. The Blazers won the 2000-2001 Central Hockey League championship with Arvanitis logging a career-best 48 points in 69 games.

“I learned a lot when I played,” said Arvanitis, who lives in Norman with his wife and two boys. “I think I gained the respect and confidence of our coaching staff — they gave me tasks to do. If (Blazers coach Doug Sauter) asked me to go out there and win a draw, that's what I was going to do. I wanted to produce for the team, anything to help us win.”

by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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