Peter Ihnacak burst on the scene as a rookie in 1982-83 as a productive two-way centreman for coach Mike Nykoluk's Leafs. He placed third in team scoring (66) and goals (28-tie) and second on the team in assists (38-tie) that season.
The 28 goals in his first NHL season are only surpassed by Daniel Marois (31 in 1988-89) and Wendel Clark (34 in 1985-86) in Leafs' annals for rookie marks. The 38 assists are the second- most all-time for first-year Leafs and the 66 points are the single-season high for Leafs rookies all-time. He rebounded with his only other 20-goal campaign (22 goals) in 1984-85 after missing much of his second season due to injury. His lone hat trick was on March 12, 1988 versus the Blackhawks at Maple Leaf Gardens. Ihnacak's 'NHL Player of the Week Award' in the first week of February of 1987 was highlighted by his career- high five point night (2g, 3a) on February 2, 1987 versus the Flyers.
In 417 regular season games in Toronto from 1982 to 1990 he scored 102 goals and added 165 assists for 267 points. Ihnacak also contributed four goals and 10 assists in 28 playoff games for the Leafs.
The native of Poprad, Czechoslavakia defected from the Czech National Team during the 1982 World Championships in Finland. He was later selected in the second round, 25th overall, in the 1982 NHL Draft by Toronto—the same draft that netted the Leafs Gary Nylund, Gary Leeman and Ken Wregget. The Leafs obtained the 25th pick in that draft as part of the Darryl Sittler trade from Toronto to Philadelphia. Ihnacak's younger brother, Miroslav, spent parts of two seasons with the Leafs in the mid-'80s and Peter later served as a scout for Toronto after his playing career.