Acton at the 2014 Edmonton Oilers training camp
|Born||April 15, 1958|
Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for|| NHL |
Minnesota North Stars
New York Islanders
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
|NHL Draft|| 103rd overall, 1978 |
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 Leafsand most recently the Edmonton Oilers, who released Acton and fellow assistant Craig Ramsay on June 4, 2015.
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 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.
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.
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".
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.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 electionsin which he came in second.
|1978–79||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||AHL||79||15||26||41||22||10||4||2||6||4|
|1979–80||Nova Scotia Voyageurs||AHL||75||45||53||98||38||6||1||2||3||8|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993–94||New York Islanders||NHL||71||2||7||9||50||4||0||0||0||8|
|Senior int'l totals||26||6||0||6||4|
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