Backor anchored Hornets’ defense

As part of the American Hockey League’s 70th anniversary this season, will be taking a look at some of the legendary careers that have been carved in the AHL over the last seven decades.

Defenseman Pete Backor had a very successful career as a defenseman with the AHL’s Pittsburgh Hornets, becoming one of the top blueliners in the league during his nine seasons.

Backor, a native of Fort William, Ont., played the 1944-45 season in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and made his AHL debut in Pittsburgh the following season. He recorded 31 points for the Hornets in 1945-46 and was named a First Team AHL All-Star, the first of five such selections Backor would receive over the next six seasons. He is tied with Frank Mathers for the most First Team nods by a defenseman in AHL history.

Backor was a key member of the Hornets’ 1952 Calder Cup championship team, and left the AHL in 1954 with 60 goals and 218 assists for 278 points in a franchise-high 534 career games.

Career AHL Statistics – Pete Backor
Regular SeasonPlayoffs
1945-46Pittsburgh Hornets61526316561124
1946-47Pittsburgh Hornets489101930122136
1947-48Pittsburgh Hornets681439536320000
1948-49Pittsburgh Hornets6810425264
1949-50Pittsburgh Hornets638293734
1950-51Pittsburgh Hornets717334080130448
1951-52Pittsburgh Hornets5731821491000010
1952-53Pittsburgh Hornets531101136301116
1953-54Pittsburgh Hornets45311142150004
AHL Totals5346021827844251371048