Tony McKegney

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Tony McKegney
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Born (1958-02-15) February 15, 1958 (age 62)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Quebec Nordiques
Minnesota North Stars
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Blackhawks
Varese HC
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 32nd overall, 1978
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 19781991

Anthony Syiid McKegney [1] (born February 15, 1958) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1978–79 until 1990–91. Tony is the brother of Ian McKegney.



McKegney was drafted 32nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.

McKegney was born in Montreal, but was adopted soon thereafter, and raised by a white family in Sarnia, Ontario. As a teenager he played Jr. 'B' hockey in Sarnia. He was following in the footsteps of his older brother Ian, who had been a star with the Sarnia Legionnaires before moving on to the pros. At age twenty, Tony McKegney signed a contract with the now defunct World Hockey Association’s (WHA) Birmingham Bulls, only to see the owner illegally renege on the deal after fans threatened to boycott the team for having added a black player to its roster. [2] However, the WHA’s loss became the NHL’s gain, as McKegney would go on to score over 300 career goals, including 40 in the 1987-88 season. His total of 78 points in one season would remain the highest ever recorded by a black player until Jarome Iginla's breakout 2001-2002 campaign. He registered nine 20-goal seasons in a career that lasted over 900 games.

After finishing the 1990-91 season with the Chicago Blackhawks, McKegney would spend a season in Italy with HC Varese, as well as three games with the Canadian National Team.

Terry Crisp, who was on the Canadian National Team coaching staff was named the head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning for their inaugural season in 1992-93, raising McKegney's hopes that he could mount an NHL comeback with the club. He felt that he could be a veteran leader for the expansion club, but he didn't crack the roster and instead played 23 games with the San Diego Gulls in 1992-93 before retiring.

McKegney currently does periodic work on behalf of the Red Wings Alumni Association and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Hockey Team.

Achievements and awards

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1974–75 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 5227487536857120
1975–76 Kingston CanadiansOMJHL6524568020756112
1976–77 Kingston CanadiansOMJHL665877135301413102314
1977–78 Kingston CanadiansOMJHL554349921953360
1978–79 Hershey Bears AHL 24211839410000
1978–79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 52814221020110
1979–80 Buffalo SabresNHL8023295224143472
1980–81 Buffalo SabresNHL803732692485382
1981–82 Buffalo SabresNHL732329524140002
1982–83 Buffalo SabresNHL7836377318103144
1983–84 Quebec Nordiques NHL752427512370000
1984–85 Quebec NordiquesNHL301292112
1984–85 Minnesota North Stars NHL271113244986140
1985–86 Minnesota North StarsNHL7015254048521322
1986–87 Minnesota North StarsNHL1123516
1986–87 New York Rangers NHL6429174656600012
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL804038788293698
1988–89 St. Louis BluesNHL712517425830110
1989–90 Detroit Red Wings NHL142138
1989–90Quebec NordiquesNHL4816112745
1990–91 Quebec NordiquesNHL5017163344
1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL9011420004
1991–92 Varese HC ITA 16151328706821012
1991–92 Varese HC Alp 1718143255
1991–92 Canada Intl32246
1992–93 San Diego Gulls IHL 2385133830114
NHL totals9123203196395177924234756


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1978 Canada WJC 62680

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