Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tony McKegney
Left-winger Tony McKegney was a gifted scorer who could produce on the power play and kill penalties. He registered eight 20-goal seasons in a career that lasted over 900 games with seven different clubs.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, McKegney was chosen 32nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1978 Amateur Draft after a fine junior career with the Kingston Canadians of the OHA. He accumulated 152 goals, was named to the OHA first and second all-star teams once each, and played for Canada at the 1978 World Junior Championships.

After scoring 39 points in 24 games for the Hershey Bears of the AHL in 1978-79, the young forward was recalled to Buffalo. He notched eight goals and played his position well, but the club was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. The next year, McKegney scored 23 goals and recorded an excellent +40 plus/minus rating. The clever winger exploded for 37 goals the next year and formed a dangerous partnership with centre Derek Smith.

The talented forward continued to produce goals for Buffalo but the club did not rise back up to the status of Stanley Cup contender it once enjoyed. In June 1983, he was part of the package sent to the Quebec Nordiques for Real Cloutier. He scored 24 goals, but the team lost out to the archrival Montreal Canadiens in the Adams Division finals. McKegney was sent to the Minnesota North Stars in December 1984 and helped the club reach the semi-finals that spring. His goal-scoring totals dropped in the Twin Cities, but he regained his form after he was traded to the New York Rangers early in the 1986-87 season.

McKegney set a career high with 40 goals after joining the St. Louis Blues prior to the 1987-88 season. He was a useful sniper with 13 power play goals and helped the Blues battle the favoured Red Wings hard in the Norris Division finals. After scoring 25 goals the next year, his production dropped off late in his career. McKegney toiled briefly with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Black Hawks and had a second tour duty with a much weaker Quebec team. He spent the 1991-92 season with the Varese club of Italy then played 23 games for the IHL's San Diego Gulls the next year before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Sarnia Black Hawks Minor-ON
1973-74 Sarnia Bees ON-Jr.B 40 40 55 95
1974-75 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 52 27 48 75 36 8 5 7 12 0
1975-76 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 65 24 56 80 20 7 5 6 11 2
1976-77 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 66 58 77 135 30 14 13 10 23 14
1977-78 Kingston Canadians OMJHL 55 43 49 92 19 5 3 3 6 0
1977-78 Canada WJC-A 6 2 6 8 0
1978-79 Buffalo Sabres NHL 52 8 14 22 10 -2 2 0 1 1 0
1978-79 Hershey Bears AHL 24 21 18 39 4 1 0 0 0 0
1979-80 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 23 29 52 24 +40 14 3 4 7 2
1980-81 Buffalo Sabres NHL 80 37 32 69 24 +11 8 5 3 8 2
1981-82 Buffalo Sabres NHL 73 23 29 52 41 -12 4 0 0 0 2
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 78 36 37 73 18 +2 10 3 1 4 4
1983-84 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 24 27 51 23 +4 7 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Quebec Nordiques NHL 30 12 9 21 12 +2
1984-85 Minnesota North Stars NHL 27 11 13 24 4 +9 9 8 6 14 0
1985-86 Minnesota North Stars NHL 70 15 25 40 48 -5 5 2 1 3 22
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 11 2 3 5 16 +2
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 64 29 17 46 56 -1 6 0 0 0 12
1987-88 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 40 38 78 82 +10 9 3 6 9 8
1988-89 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 25 17 42 58 -1 3 0 1 1 0
1989-90 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 2 1 3 8 +2
1989-90 Quebec Nordiques NHL 48 16 11 27 45 -31
1990-91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 50 17 16 33 44 -25
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 1 1 4 -2 2 0 0 0 4
1991-92 AS Varese Alpenliga 17 18 14 32 55
1991-92 AS Varese Italy 16 15 13 28 70 6 8 2 10 12
1991-92 Canada Nat-Tm 3 2 2 4 6
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


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1977)
OMJHL Second All-Star Team (1978)
Traded to Quebec by Buffalo with Andre Savard, Jean-Francois Sauve and Buffalo's 3rd round choice (Iiro Jarvi) in 1983 Entry Draft for Real Cloutier and Quebec's 1st round choice (Adam Creighton) in 1983 Entry Draft, June 8, 1983. Traded to Minnesota by Quebec with Bo Berglund for Brad Maxwell and Brent Ashton, December 14, 1984. Traded to NY Rangers by Minnesota with Curt Giles and Minnesota's 2nd round choice (Troy Mallette) in 1988 Entry Draft for Bob Brooke and Minnesota's 4th round choice (previously acquired, Minnesota selected Jeffrey Stolp) in 1988 Entry Draft, November 13, 1986. Traded to St. Louis by NY Rangers with Rob Whistle for Bruce Bell and future considerations, May 28, 1987. Traded to Detroit by St. Louis with Bernie Federko for Adam Oates and Paul MacLean, June 15, 1989. Traded to Quebec by Detroit for Robert Picard and Greg Adams, December 4, 1989. Traded to Chicago by Quebec for Jacques Cloutier, January 29, 1991.