Tony Tanti

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Tony Tanti
Born (1963-09-07) September 7, 1963 (age 56)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Vancouver Canucks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
BSC Preussen
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 12th overall, 1981
Chicago Black Hawks
Playing career 19811998

Anthony Tanti (born September 7, 1963) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. He was a left winger and played the majority of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks. Originally selected 12th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, he was traded to the Canucks in January 1983. Tanti achieved the 40-goal mark on three occasions during his seven-year tenure with Vancouver. After being traded away in January 1990, he spent one-and-a-half year stints with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres, respectively. After 12 years in the NHL, Tanti went overseas to play for BSC Preussen of the German Bundesliga. He retired following the 1997–98 season. Tanti was known as a skilled, goal-scoring forward and has been described as the first "true sniper" in Canucks history. [1] Tanti was born in Toronto, Ontario.

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Playing career

After playing minor hockey with the Mississauga Reps of the Metro Toronto Hockey League, Tanti began his junior career with the B-level St. Michael's Buzzers; he scored 58 points over 37 games. The following season, Tanti moved up to the major junior level with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Recording 81 goals in his first OHL season, he broke the league's rookie goal-scoring record previously set by Wayne Gretzky (70 goals in 1977–78). [2] He added 69 assists for 150 points over 67 games. In the playoffs, he recorded 15 points over 11 games.

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During the off-season, he was selected by the Chicago Black Hawks as the 12th overall pick in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Black Hawks in 1981–82, appearing in two games (no points), but spent the majority of the season back in the junior level with the Generals. Playing in 57 OHL games, he recorded 62 goals and 126 points. The following season, he registered 34 goals and 62 points through 30 OHL games. At the NHL level, he had played one contest with Chicago before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks on January 6, 1983. He was sent to Vancouver in exchange for forward Curt Fraser, a noted fighter also capable of scoring. [3]

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Tanti joined a Canucks team that had competed in the Stanley Cup Finals the previous year (they lost to the New York Islanders). They failed to match that level of success during Tanti's tenure with the team and struggled to qualify for the playoffs yearly. Following the trade, Tanti immediately became a full-time NHLer and recorded 8 goals and 16 points over 39 games as a rookie. In his first full season as a Canuck (1983–84), he was chosen to the 1984 NHL All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to injury. Tanti went on to set a Canucks record with 45 goals, surpassing Darcy Rota's total of 42 from the previous season. Adding 41 assists for a career-high 86 points, he finished second in team scoring to linemate Patrik Sundstrom. The season also marked his first of five consecutive years leading the team in goal-scoring. He was also chosen as the fan-voted Most Exciting Player each year of that span.

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Tanti's production decreased significantly in 1988–89 with 24 goals and 49 points over 77 games. Midway through the following campaign, he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a six-player trade on January 8, 1990. Tanti left Vancouver with Rod Buskas and Barry Pederson in exchange for Dave Capuano, Andrew McBain and Dan Quinn. [3] Over seven seasons with the Canucks, he totaled 250 goals (which ranked second among all-time Canucks scorers, 12 behind leader Stan Smyl) and 470 points (third at the time, behind Smyl and Thomas Gradin). [4] His 10 hat tricks, 102 power play goals and 29 game-winning goals all set team records, though they have since been surpassed. [notes 1] [1] [4] In a 2012 article by The Province , columnist Jim Jamieson declared Tanti as the Canucks' "first true sniper" in team history. [1]

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Tanti concluded his NHL career with brief stints in Pittsburgh and Buffalo before playing for six seasons in Berlin, Germany.

International career

Tony Tanti
Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1986 Soviet Union
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1985 Czechoslovakia

Internationally, Tanti played for Canada at the 1983 World Junior Championships and at the World Championships in 1985, 1986, and 1987. He was invited to the training camp for the 1987 Canada Cup, but failed to make the team.

Personal life

During his tenure with the Vancouver Canucks, Tanti met his wife, Christina, who was a local. They have two children, son Taylor (who also plays hockey competitively) and daughter Tessa. Following his retirement from playing, Tanti returned to live in the West Vancouver neighbourhood and entered the flooring business. His company partnered with local Bosa Development (founded by Nat Bosa, who Tanti became friends with during his NHL career), among other companies to provide wholesale flooring for construction projects in Vancouver and abroad. [1]

In his spare time, Tanti coaches youth hockey alongside another former Canuck Dave Babych.[ citation needed ] He also participates sparingly with the Canucks' alumni organization. [1]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1979–80 St. Michael's Buzzers MetJHL 3731275867
1980–81 Oshawa Generals OHL 67816915019711781541
1981–82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 20000
1981–82 Oshawa GeneralsOHL5762641261381214122615
1982–83 Chicago Black HawksNHL11010
1982–83 Oshawa GeneralsOHL3034286235
1982–83 Vancouver Canucks NHL3988161640110
1983–84 Vancouver CanucksNHL794541865041230
1984–85 Vancouver CanucksNHL6839205945
1985–86 Vancouver CanucksNHL7739205945301111
1986–87 Vancouver CanucksNHL7741387984
1987–88 Vancouver CanucksNHL7340377790
1988–89 Vancouver CanucksNHL772425496970554
1989–90 Vancouver CanucksNHL4114183250
1989–90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL3714183222
1990–91 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL466121844
1990–91 Buffalo Sabres NHL10178652028
1991–92 Buffalo SabresNHL7015163110070334
1992–93 BSC Preussen 1.GBun 3414173173
1993–94 BSC Preussen1.GBun4113193244
1994–95 BSC Preussen DEL 4225335811492248
1995–96 BSC PreussenDEL433228605611951416
1996–97 BSC PreussenDEL441425394240226
1997–98 BSC PreussenDEL398233164401120
NHL totals697287273560661303121527
DEL totals168791091882762811102150


YearTeamEvent GPGAPtsPIM
1983 Canada WJC 70440
1985 Canada WC 1052712
1986 CanadaWC853822
1987 CanadaWC106286
Senior totals281672340

All-Star Games

YearLocation GAP
1984 East Rutherford
1986 Hartford 101
All-Star totals101

Awards and achievements



  1. His 10 hat tricks was tied by Markus Naslund; his 102 power play goals was surpassed by Naslund and Daniel Sedin; and his 29 game-winning goals was first surpassed by Pavel Bure, while the record-holder as of the 2011–12 season was Sedin. [1] [4]

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Preceded by
Denis Savard
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Ken Yaremchuk