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Born February 15, 1958 (1958-02-15) (age 51),
Montreal, Quebec
Height
Weight
6 ft 01 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left wing
Pro clubs Buffalo Sabres
Quebec Nordiques
Minnesota North Stars
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
Chicago Blackhawks
NHL Draft 38th overall, 1978
Buffalo Sabres
Career 1978 – 1991

Anthony Syiid McKegney[1] (born February 15, 1958 in Montreal, Quebec) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player, who played thirteen seasons in the National Hockey League from 1978–79 until 1990–91.

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Career

McKegney was drafted 32nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. McKegney was the first Black Canadian hockey player to make an impact in the NHL [2], and has often been referred to as the Jackie Robinson of professional hockey.

McKegney was born in Montreal, but was adopted soon thereafter, and raised by a white family in Sarnia, Ontario. At age twenty, McKegney signed a contract with the now defunct World Hockey Association’s (WHA) team in Birmingham, just 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[3]. 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 the same season would remain the highest ever recorded by a black player until Jarome Iginla’s breakout 2001-2002 campaign. He registered eight 20-goal seasons in a career that lasted over 900 games.

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

  • OMJHL First All-Star Team (1977)
  • OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1978)

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 52 27 48 75 36
1975–76 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 65 24 56 80 20
1976–77 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 66 58 77 135 30
1977–78 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 55 43 49 92 19
1978–79 Hershey Bears AHL 24 21 18 39 4 1 0 0 0 0
1978–79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 52 8 14 22 10 2 0 1 1 0
1979–80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 23 29 52 24 14 3 4 7 2
1980–81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 37 32 69 24 8 5 3 8 2
1981–82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 23 29 52 41 4 0 0 0 2
1982–83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 36 37 73 18 10 3 1 4 4
1983–84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 24 27 51 23 7 0 0 0 0
1984–85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 30 12 9 21 12
1984–85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 27 11 13 24 4 9 8 6 14 0
1985–86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 70 15 25 40 48 5 2 1 3 22
1986–87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 11 2 3 5 16
1986–87 New York Rangers NHL 64 29 17 46 56 6 0 0 0 12
1987–88 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 40 38 78 82 9 3 6 9 8
1988–89 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 25 17 42 58 3 0 1 1 0
1989–90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 2 1 3 8
1989–90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 48 16 11 27 45
1990–91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 50 17 16 33 44
1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 1 1 4 2 0 0 0 4
1992–93 San Diego Gulls IHL 23 8 5 13 38 3 0 1 1 4
NHL totals 912 320 319 639 517 79 24 23 47 56

References

  1. ^ Tony McKegney at Legends of Hockey
  2. ^ Tony McKegney
  3. ^ Tony McKegney

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