|Position: Left Wing / Center
Born: September 15, 1971
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height: 6'0" Weight: 200 lbs.
Drafted by: Buffalo Sabres, 4th Round, 72nd Overall,
1991 NHL Amateur Draft.
Seasons with Buffalo: 1994-95
Uniform Number: 12
|Born in Toronto, but raised in and around Ottawa, Ontario, Peter Ambroziak played Midget hockey in Ottawa. In 1988, Ambroziak was drafted by the Ottawa 67's in the Ontario Hockey League player draft. In his rookie year with the 67's, Ambroziak scored 8 goals and 10 assists in 50 games played. He showed rapid improvement as he aged, raising his goal and point totals in every subsequent year. In 1990-91, his third year with Ottawa, Ambroziak scored 30 goals and 32 assists. That performance caught the attention of the Buffalo Sabres, who used an extra 4th Round pick to select Ambroziak in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. The pick came from a 1990 trade that sent Kevin Maguire and a 2nd Round pick in the 1990 Draft (Mikael Renberg) to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for veteran defenseman Jay Wells and the 4th Round pick used to select Ambroziak.
Ambroziak's final year in juniors was 1991-92. He split the season between the 67's and the Rochester Americans, the Buffalo Sabres' affiliate in the American Hockey League. Ambroziak was called up to Rochester as an injury replacement. He saw action in two games for Rochester during the season, recording one assist. In 49 games with his junior club, Ambroziak scored 32 goals and 49 assists.
Ambroziak turned pro in 1992, and was assigned full time to the Rochester Americans. As a rookie in 1992-93, Ambroziak scored 8 goals and 10 assists in 50 games played. He added 4 goals and 3 assists in the Playoffs, helping the Amerks advance to the 1993 Calder Cup Finals.
Following a dissapionting 1993-94 campaign, in which injuries limited him to only 22 games, Ambroziak was back in action for the 1994-95 season. Ambroziak split the season between Rochester, where he scored 14 goals and 11 assists in 46 games, and Buffalo, where he made his NHL debut during a mid-season stint with the Sabres. During his time in Buffalo, Ambroziak centered a line with Jason Dawe and Matthew Barnaby. Dubbed the "B.A.D. Line", the name was, sadly, indicitave of the line's level of play as much as the spelling of the last names of the linemates. Ambroziak registered one point, an assist, during his 12 games in Buffalo.
|At the end of the 1994-95 season, Ambroziak was a free agent. Unsigned by the Sabres, Ambroziak signed with the New Jersey Devils organization, and was assigned to the Albany River Rats of the AHL. Ambroziak played only 8 games with the River Rats before he was traded to the Cornwall Aces. He finished the 1995-96 season with Cornwall.
Ambroziak would play for four different teams in three different leagues over the next three seasons. He spent 1996-97 with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League. In 1997-98, Ambroziak was back in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. He split the 1998-99 season between the Flint Generals of the United Hockey League and the Detroit Vipers of the IHL, where he played alongside former Sabres Peter Ciavaglia and Andrei Trefilov.
In 1999, Ambroziak signed with the New Mexico Scorpions of the Western Professional Hockey League. The Scorpions have since moved to the Central Hockey League. In 2000-01, Ambroziak led the team with 39 goals and finished second on the team in total points. Peter Ambroziak is currently in his third season as a member of the New Mexico Scorpions.
|Peter Ambroziak as a member of the New Mexico Scorpions.|