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John Benedict "Peanuts" O'Flaherty (April 10, 1918 – July 16, 2008) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 21 games in the National Hockey League with the New York Americans. He was born in Toronto, Ontario.[1]

Peanuts O'Flaherty
Born (1918-04-10)April 10, 1918
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died July 16, 2008(2008-07-16) (aged 90)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
New York-Brooklyn Americans
Pittsburgh Hornets
Springfield Indians
Toronto St. Michael's Majors
Playing career 1940–1956

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Peanuts received his nickname when a Toronto sports writer spotted him selling peanuts at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1933.[2] In 21 career NHL games O'Flaherty recorded 5 goals and an assist for 6 points. Yet, he was best known as a star forward for the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets in the 1940s. His son, Gerry O'Flaherty, would go on to play in the NHL from 1971 to 1979.


  1. ^ Peanuts O'Flaherty's Obituary at the Toronto Star
  2. ^ [1] Legends of Hockey. Retrieved Oct. 30, 2007.

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