Pete Bovankovich

Pete Bovankovich was an aggressive, determined forward in the mid-to-late ‘80s, best known for his relentless forechecking, great playmaking and the ability to score in clutch situations. He was gifted with speed and the skill to create opportunities in tight spaces, but the nickname “Nails” came from his hardnosed style of play. In fact, he was one of only a handful of players to post over 100 career points as well as 100 career penalty minutes.

A product of Delaware’s youth hockey scene—captaining his Newark Stars team and earning all-star honors—Pete recalls his freshman transition to college hockey as a huge adjustment, but one soon mastered as he grew to become a key UD player. He was named the team’s Alternate Captain his junior and senior years, and was known as a generous teammate and highly positive influence who made those around him better players.

Pete counts among his top UD Hockey memories a hat trick vs. Navy his junior year, as well as being named Best Offensive Player for the Belmont Tournament in Indiana, PA, his senior year. But perhaps his favorite memory came earlier– in his rookie season– when he established his standing as a valuable player with a game-tying breakaway goal with only four minutes remaining vs. Penn State in Navy’s Crab Pot Tournament. Big game, clutch goal!

Pete continued his career professionally, attending the Virginia Lancers camp in 1990 and then moving on to play for the Greensboro Monarchs of the ECHL that same season. He also played internationally with a Canadian travel team, against European pro teams in Germany and Austria before ending his pro career in 1991.

In addition to his storied hockey talents, Pete is also a multi-faceted musician– supplying lead guitar and vocals, from Reggae to Rock– and still performing locally. Pete and wife Dina, along with sons Philip and Dominic, live in Newark, Delaware.


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