He played junior hockey for the Toronto Marlboros of the OHL and was drafted in 1978 NHL Amateur Draft by the Atlanta Flames. Peplinski was one of five active NHL players who played on Canada's 1988 Olympic ice hockey team. In 1989 he co-captained the Calgary Flames in their Stanley Cup victory against the Montreal Canadiens.
Peplinski retired early in the 1989–90 NHL season, and then began a career in broadcasting. In 1995, he stepped out of the booth and briefly returned to play for the Flames, before retiring again at the end of the season.
He played in 711 NHL games (all with Calgary) scoring 161 goals and 263 assists. In the playoffs, he played in 99 games with 15 goals and 31 assists.
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Note: During Jim Peplinski's tenure as captain of the Flames he shared the role of captain with Doug Risebrough (1984-87) & Lanny McDonald (1984-89),and then served as sole captain for the first six games of 1989–90, before retiring.
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