Peter Mahovlich (born October 10, 1946 in Timmins, Ontario, Canada), known as "Little M", is a retired Canadian professional hockey forward and head coach.
Mahovlich was drafted Second Overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1963 NHL Amateur Draft. He played for the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings twice, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, the Ontario Hockey Association's Hamilton Red Wings, the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets, Montreal Voyageurs, Adirondack Red Wings, the CPHL/Central Hockey League's Fort Worth Wings and the IHL's Toledo Goaldiggers.
He was an important contributor to the Canadiens' cup-winning teams of 1971, 1973, 1976 and 1977, before eventually being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He enjoyed a breakout season in 1970-71, scoring 35 goals in the regular season and another 10 in the playoffs as the underdog Canadiens team won the championship. His best year came in 1974-75, as he racked up 117 points as part of a deep forward corps that included the likes of Guy Lafleur, Jacques Lemaire, Yvan Cournoyer, Steve Shutt and Bob Gainey. He hit the 100-point mark again the following year, finishing with 105.
In his 16-year NHL career, he totalled 288 goals and 485 assists for 773 points in 884 games. Internationally, he was a member of the 1972 Summit Series team and the 1976 Canada Cup. After his retirement, he was head coach of the Toledo Goaldiggers, IHL Colorado Rangers (co-coach), Denver Rangers, CHL Fort Worth Fire and the AHL Cape Breton Oilers. Peter is also the brother of Canadian Senator and former hockey star Frank Mahovlich. The two were teammates on the Canadiens from 1970 to 1974.
Unlike his intense brother, Frank, Pete is an easy going, joyful, party-goer as characterized in Ken Dryden's book The Game.
Peter is currently a scout for the Atlanta Thrashers.