Keith Acton

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Keith Acton
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
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Hershey Bears
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 1978
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 19781995

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]

Canadians citizens of Canada

Canadians are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, several of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Canadian.

Ice hockey team sport played on ice using sticks, skates, and a puck

Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. The sport is known to be fast-paced and physical, with teams usually consisting of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

Centre (ice hockey) ice hockey position

The centre in ice hockey is a forward position of a player whose primary zone of play is the middle of the ice, away from the side boards. Centres have more flexibility in their positioning and are expected to cover more ice surface than any other player. Centres are ideally stronger, faster skaters who can back-check quickly from deep in the opposing zone. Generally, centres are expected to be gifted passers more than goal scorers, although there are exceptions. They are also expected to have exceptional "ice vision", intelligence, and creativity. They also generally are the most defensively oriented forwards on the ice. Centres usually play as part of a line of players that are substituted frequently to keep fresh and keep the game moving. First-liners are usually the top players, although some top players make the second line to allow for offensive scoring opportunities.


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

Whitchurch-Stouffville Town / Municipality in Ontario, Canada

Whitchurch–Stouffville is a municipality in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada, approximately 50 kilometres north of downtown Toronto, and 55 kilometres north-east of Toronto Pearson International Airport. It is 206.41 square kilometres in size, and located in the mid-eastern area of the Regional Municipality of York on the ecologically-sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine. Its motto since 1993 is "country close to the city".

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.

Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League team in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Montreal Canadiens are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

The 1978 NHL Amateur Draft occurred at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec on June 15, 1978. It was the last draft to be called the "Amateur Draft" before the process was renamed to the NHL Entry Draft in 1979. Players were drafted at 20 years of age in 1978.

Steve Shutt ice hockey player

Stephen John "Steve" Shutt is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), 12 seasons for the Montreal Canadiens and 1 season for the Los Angeles Kings. While playing for the Canadiens he captured 5 Stanley Cups in 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979.

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.

Edmonton Oilers hockey team of the National Hockey League

The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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]

Will Acton American-born Canadian ice hockey player

William Kevin Acton is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)

Schwenninger Wild Wings ice hockey team

The Schwenninger Wild Wings are a professional German ice hockey team from Schwenningen am Neckar in Baden-Wuerttemberg that was founded on 31 July 1904 and currently plays in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). The greatest success of the association was to reach the play-off semi-finals of the first Bundesliga in 1990. In 1994 the Wild Wings were a founding member of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

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

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1974–75 Wexford Raiders OPJHL 4323295246
1975–76 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 359172630
1976–77 Peterborough PetesOMJHL6552691219341456
1977–78 Peterborough PetesOMJHL68428612852211081816
1977–78Peterborough Petes M-Cup 30110
1978–79 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 7915264122104264
1979–80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20110
1979–80 Nova Scotia VoyageursAHL754553983861238
1980–81 Montreal CanadiensNHL611524397420006
1981–82 Montreal CanadiensNHL7836528888504416
1982–83 Montreal CanadiensNHL782426506330000
1983–84 Montreal CanadiensNHL937104
1983–84 Minnesota North Stars NHL621738556015471112
1984–85 Minnesota North StarsNHL782038589094486
1985–86 Minnesota North StarsNHL7926325810050336
1986–87 Minnesota North StarsNHL7816294556
1987–88 Minnesota North StarsNHL468111974
1987–88 Edmonton Oilers NHL2636921720216
1988–89 Edmonton OilersNHL4611152647
1988–89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL2531013641623518
1989–90 Philadelphia FlyersNHL6913142780
1990–91 Philadelphia FlyersNHL76142337131
1991–92 Philadelphia FlyersNHL507101798
1992–93 Philadelphia FlyersNHL838152351
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL600021
1993–94 New York Islanders NHL712795040008
1994–95 Hershey Bears AHL12571258
NHL totals102322635858411726612213388


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1986 Canada WEC 103032
1990 CanadaWEC102020
1992 CanadaWC61012
Senior int'l totals266064

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 

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  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. "Former NHL player Keith Acton looking to challenge scandal-ridden Stouffville mayor". The Globe and Mail , August 6, 2018.
  6. Legends of Hockey - NHL Player Search - Player - Keith Acton
  7. - Will Acton
  8. "Keith Acton Seeks Stouffville Mayor's Chair". Stouffville Media. September 4, 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.