Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Keith Acton
"When I was growing up, I hated Montreal. Always." So spoke Acton, the centre playing between Steve Shutt and Guy Lafleur his first three full seasons in the NHL (1980-83) for the Montreal Canadiens. He started on a line with Mario Tremblay and Yvon Lambert, but his feistiness, skill on the faceoff, and consistency got him promoted to the number one line in no time.

But early the following season, he was traded to Minnesota, one of the weaker teams in the league at the time, and Acton felt betrayed. One of the best faceoff men in the game, it was his competitiveness during the 1981 playoffs, a loss to the up-and-coming Edmonton Oilers, that eventually got him a Stanley Cup ring with Wayne Gretzky's team a few years later.

Sure enough, midway through the '87-'88 season, Sather was able to acquire him from the North Stars, and that spring the team won its fourth Cup in five years. The Oilers traded him to Philadelphia midway through the following season, and that summer Acton was involved in one of the strangest deals in league history. The Flyers sent him to Winnipeg, and then five days later the Jets sent him back to Philadelphia. In all, he played more than 1,000 NHL games and represented Canada three times at the World Championships. After retiring, he became an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2000-01.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Wexford Raiders ON-Jr.A 43 23 29 52 46
1975-76 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 35 9 17 26 30
1976-77 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 65 52 69 121 93 4 1 4 5 6
1977-78 Peterborough Petes OMJHL 68 42 86 128 52 21 10 8 18 16
1977-78 Peterborough Petes M-Cup 3 0 1 1 0
1978-79 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 79 15 26 41 22 10 4 2 6 4
1979-80 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
1979-80 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 75 45 53 98 38 6 1 2 3 8
1980-81 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 15 24 39 74 +5 2 0 0 0 6
1981-82 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 36 52 88 88 +48 5 0 4 4 16
1982-83 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 24 26 50 63 -6 3 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 3 7 10 4 -5
1983-84 Minnesota North Stars NHL 62 17 38 55 60 +2 15 4 7 11 12
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 20 38 58 90 -3 9 4 4 8 6
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 79 26 32 58 100 -11 5 0 3 3 6
1985-86 Canada WEC-A 10 3 0 3 2
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 16 29 45 56 -15
1987-88 Minnesota North Stars NHL 46 8 11 19 74 -9
1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 26 3 6 9 21 -10 7 2 0 2 16
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 46 11 15 26 47 +9
1988-89 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 25 3 10 13 64 +1 16 2 3 5 18
1989-90 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 13 14 27 80 -2
1989-90 Canada WEC-A 10 2 0 2 0
1990-91 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 14 23 37 131 -9
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 50 7 10 17 98 -4
1991-92 Canada WC-A 6 1 0 1 2
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 83 8 15 23 51 -10
1993-94 Washington Capitals NHL 6 0 0 0 21 -4
1993-94 New York Islanders NHL 71 2 7 9 50 -1 4 0 0 0 8
1994-95 Hershey Bears AHL 12 5 7 12 58
NHL Totals 1023 226 358 584 1172 66 12 21 33 88


AHL Second All-Star Team (1980) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1982) Traded to Minnesota by Montreal with Mark Napier and Toronto's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Ken Hodge Jr.) in 1984 Entry Draft for Bobby Smith, October 28, 1983. Traded to Edmonton by Minnesota for Moe Mantha, January 22, 1988. Traded to Philadelphia by Edmonton with Edmonton's 6th round choice (Dmitry Yushkevich) in 1991 Entry Draft for Dave Brown, February 7, 1989. Traded to Winnipeg by Philadelphia with Pete Peeters for future considerations, September 28, 1989. Traded to Philadelphia by Winnipeg with Pete Peeters for Toronto's 5th round choice (previously acquired, Winnipeg selected Juha Ylonen) in 1991 Entry Draft and the cancellation of future considerations owed Philadelphia from the Shawn Cronin trade, October 3, 1989. Signed as a free agent by Washington, July 27, 1993. Claimed on waivers by NY Islanders from Washington, October 22, 1993.