Keith Acton

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Keith Acton
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Acton at the 2014 Edmonton Oilers training camp
Born (1958-04-15) April 15, 1958 (age 60)
Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Montreal Canadiens
Minnesota North Stars
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals
New York Islanders
AHL
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Hershey Bears
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 1978
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1978–1995

Keith Edward Acton (born April 15, 1958) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders between 1980 and 1994. In his NHL coaching career he has been an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Rangers, the Toronto Maple Leafs[1][2] and most recently the Edmonton Oilers, who released Acton and fellow assistant Craig Ramsay on June 4, 2015.[3][4]

Acton is running for mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville[5] in the 2018 elections.

Playing career

Acton was selected 103rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. He began his NHL career on Montreal's fourth line but his productive play soon earned him a promotion to the first line, where he centered all-stars Steve Shutt and Guy Lafleur. He became known as one of the best faceoff men in the NHL.[6] His most productive NHL season came in 1981–82 when he registered 88 points in 78 games with Montreal. When his production dipped the following year to just fifty points, his stock in Montreal fell and early in the 1983-84 campaign, Acton was part of a blockbuster trade. The Canadiens packaged Acton up with Mark Napier and a 3rd pick and dealt them to the Minnesota North Stars for Bobby Smith.

With Minnesota, Acton reeled off three consecutive 20-goal seasons for the North Stars but after a slow start to the 1987-88 season he was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers.

With Edmonton and their high-powered offence, Acton wasn't expected to help carry the offence and settled into a more defensive role. That spring he won the Stanley Cup though he was listed to just seven games in the post season. Acton was a healthy scratch through the first two rounds and remained in the pressbox through the first three games of the Conference Final against the Detroit Red Wings. However, with the Oilers coaching staff looking for more speed on their fourth line, Acton was inserted into the lineup for Game Four and he paid immediate dividends scoring the series-clinching goal. His clutch play continued in the Stanley Cup Final when he ended Game One against the Philadelphia Flyers by tipping a Steve Smith point shot for the game winning goal. Despite his playoff heroics, it still proved difficult to carve out a place on the Oilers deep roster and late in the 1988-89 season, his second in Edmonton, he was on the move again when he was traded to Philadelphia in exchange for tough guy Dave Brown.

Acton would spend the next four seasons with the Flyers providing veteran leadership and depth down the middle. For the 1993-94 season Acton signed a deal to join the Washington Capitals but found himself on waivers after just six games in D.C. and was claimed by the New York Islanders. With the Isles, he played out the rest of the season before hanging up his skates for good.

Personal life

Acton's son, Will, is also a hockey player. Like his father, Will played parts of two seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. Will now plays for the Schwenninger Wild Wings of the DEL.[7]

In 2018, Acton became a candidate for mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario in the Ontario municipal elections[8]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Wexford Raiders OPJHL 43 23 29 52 46
1975–76 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 35 9 17 26 30
1976–77 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 65 52 69 121 93 4 1 4 5 6
1977–78 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 68 42 86 128 52 21 10 8 18 16
1977–78 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 3 0 1 1 0
1978–79 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 79 15 26 41 22 10 4 2 6 4
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 1 1 0
1979–80 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 75 45 53 98 38 6 1 2 3 8
1980–81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 15 24 39 74 2 0 0 0 6
1981–82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 36 52 88 88 5 0 4 4 16
1982–83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 24 26 50 63 3 0 0 0 0
1983–84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 3 7 10 4
1983–84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 62 17 38 55 60 15 4 7 11 12
1984–85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 20 38 58 90 9 4 4 8 6
1985–86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 26 32 58 100 5 0 3 3 6
1986–87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 16 29 45 56
1987–88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 46 8 11 19 74
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 26 3 6 9 21 7 2 0 2 16
1988–89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 11 15 26 47
1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 25 3 10 13 64 16 2 3 5 18
1989–90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 13 14 27 80
1990–91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 14 23 37 131
1991–92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 50 7 10 17 98
1992–93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 83 8 15 23 51
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 6 0 0 0 21
1993–94 New York Islanders NHL 71 2 7 9 50 4 0 0 0 8
1994–95 Hershey Bears AHL 12 5 7 12 58
NHL totals 1023 226 358 584 1172 66 12 21 33 88
OMJHL totals 168 103 172 275 175 25 11 12 23 22
AHL totals 166 65 86 151 118 16 5 4 9 12

International

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1986 Canada WEC 10 3 0 3 2
1990 Canada WEC 10 2 0 2 0
1992 Canada WC 6 1 0 1 2
Senior int'l totals 26 6 0 6 4

Coaching statistics

Season  Team                Lge Type 
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant               
1995-96 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant               
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Assistant               
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL Associate               
1998-99 New York Rangers    NHL Assistant               
1999-00 New York Rangers    NHL Assistant               
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Assistant               
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Assistant               
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Assistant               
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Assistant               
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Assistant               
2007-08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Assistant 
2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Assistant 
2009-10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Assistant 
2010-11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Assistant
2013-14 Edmonton Oilers     NHL Assistant

See also

References

  1. ^ Columbus Blue Jackets Name Keith Acton Assistant Coach, June 20, 2012
  2. ^ Michael Hayakawa, "Leafs part ways with Acton," Stouffville Sun-Tribune, June 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Acton Joins Oilers Staff as an Associate Coach, June 28, 2013
  4. ^ "Keith Acton, Craig Ramsay, assistant coaches, let go by Oilers". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. June 4, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/toronto/article-former-nhl-player-keith-acton-looking-to-challenge-scandal-ridden/
  6. ^ Legends of Hockey - NHL Player Search - Player - Keith Acton
  7. ^ Eliteprospects.com - Will Acton
  8. ^ "Keith Acton Seeks Stouffville Mayor's Chair". Stouffville Media. September 4, 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.

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