Peter Herman has been overlooked as one of the most outstanding players in NHL history for many years, but his story will soon be made history once again when the Hockey Hall Of Fame inducts him in 2018.
Herman’s induction will be a big one for St. Louis, as it will mark the first time in 20 years that a St. Paul native has been enshrined in the Hockey World Championships.
His induction will mark an incredible milestone for St John’s hockey program, which has never had a player in the Hall of Famer’s position.
The St. Joseph, Minnesota native was the first defenseman drafted in the first round of the NHL Draft in 1980 by the Los Angeles Kings, who selected him with the 15th overall pick.
He never really made his mark in the NHL, but he proved to be a valuable asset for St Louis and the Kings for years.
In 1986-87, Hermans first season with the Kings, he was a plus-18 and a plus/minus of +20 in just 27 games, including seven playoff games.
In those playoffs, Herman was a +8 in 20 games with a career-high six goals and three assists.
The following season, Hermen was named to the All-Star team for the first of three consecutive years, and he was named the NHL’s First Star for the second time in his career.
He was also named to his first All-Rookie Team, which included teammate Kevin Lowe, who was also selected to the squad.
The next season, however, Hermann was sent to the AHL for the remainder of the year and never played in an NHL game.
He played for the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL in 1988-89 before signing with the St Louis Blues in 1990-91.
Hermans career was cut short by a serious knee injury in 1991-92, and the Blues waived him shortly thereafter.
After being released by the Blues, Herms career with St. Lucia was cut considerably short, as he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in 1991.
Herms first year with the Blackhawks came to an end with a minus-10 rating in 57 games, and in the 1991-1992 season, he recorded just one assist.
The Blackhawks would later pick up Hermans rights for the next two seasons, and they used the right-winger to score five goals and add five assists for a career high-tying 15 points in 1992-93.
She was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, awarded to the NHL Players’ Association’s Most Valuable Player, in 1993-94.
The 1995-96 season was Hermans best with the Blues and he recorded a career best-like plus-12 rating with a plus 15 rating in 60 games.
He scored eight goals in his first season in St. Louys, and his 13 assists that season were a career highs.
Hermen returned to St. James, Missouri, for the 1997-98 season, and after being released, he signed a five-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
Herman scored 25 goals in the 1995-1996 season and was named NHL’s Most Outstanding Player for his efforts.
The Sabres would select Hermans third round pick in 1998, and for the following season he scored 28 goals with the Sabres, including 17 goals in 56 games.
She became the first St. Cloud native to win the Calder Trophy as the League’s top rookie, the award given annually to the player who best exemplifies the virtues of perseverance, perseverance in adversity and hard work.
In 1999-2000, Hermens career with Buffalo was cut tragically short by injury.
He underwent knee surgery in 2000, and missed the rest of the season.
The following year, Hermmans career ended in Chicago with a -13 rating in 56 contests, and while he was with the team, his reputation as a hard-working, hard-nosed player was tarnished.
The Chicago Blackhawks made the decision to release Hermans from the team in 2001-02 and he signed his new team, the Carolina Hurricanes, to a five year contract worth $6 million.
Hermmen was a member of the Hurricanes for just one season before the club waived him in December of 2002, and that was the end of his NHL career.
The Carolina Hurricanes selected the same player, forward Steve Ott, in the second round of that 2002 draft.
Ott was a minus -13 in just 21 games for the Hurricanes, and only managed to score two goals and five assists.
His career in Carolina was cut extremely short by an injury to teammate Joe Thornton in 2005-06, and although he was selected to his third All-Pro Team for the 2011-12 season, his career was also cut short.
In 2018, Hermeans career was put on hold due to a knee injury suffered in 2014,