Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tony Tanti
A natural goal scorer with speed and quick hands, right-winger Tony Tanti topped the 40-goal mark three times during a career that lasted nearly 700 games. In addition to being a top sniper in North America, he was also an impact player for six years in the German Bundesliga.

The Toronto native starred in Junior B with the St. Michael's Buzzers and in the OHA with the Oshawa Generals. In 1980-81, he set a rookie league record with 81 goals and was selected 12th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks at the Entry Draft. Tanti was placed on the league's first all-star team in 1981 and the second team after scoring 126 points in 1981-82.

The slick forward only played three games in Chicago. In January 1983, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks for power forward Curt Fraser. He scored 16 points in 39 games over the rest of the 1982-83 season and worked through a series of growing pains and adjustments. The next year, he exploded for 45 goals, including 19 on the power play. He followed his breakthrough season with two consecutive 39-goal performances before hitting the 40-goal mark in 1987 and 1988. Tanti was also chosen to play for Canada at three consecutive World Championships beginning in 1985.

By the late '80s, the goals stopped going in as frequently as in the past and the Canucks began to reconfigure their roster. Halfway through the 1989-90 season, Tanti was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he was a power play specialist for parts of two seasons. He played a little over a season with the Buffalo Sabres before signing with Preussen Berlin of Germany. Tanti played six years in the Bundesliga before retiring in 1998.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 Mississauga Reps MTHL
1979-80 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B 37 31 27 58 67
1980-81 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 67 81 69 150 197 11 7 8 15 41
1981-82 Oshawa Generals OHL 57 62 64 126 138 12 14 12 26 15
1981-82 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1982-83 Oshawa Generals OHL 30 34 28 62 35
1982-83 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 1 0 1 0 0
1982-83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 39 8 8 16 16 -9 4 0 1 1 0
1983-84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 79 45 41 86 50 -12 4 1 2 3 0
1983-84 Canada WJC-A 7 0 4 4 0
1984-85 Vancouver Canucks NHL 68 39 20 59 45 -21
1984-85 Canada WEC-A 10 5 2 7 12
1985-86 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 39 33 72 85 -8 3 0 1 1 11
1985-86 Canada WEC-A 8 5 3 8 22
1986-87 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 41 38 79 84 +5
1986-87 Canada WEC-A 10 6 2 8 6
1987-88 Vancouver Canucks NHL 73 40 37 77 90 -1
1988-89 Vancouver Canucks NHL 77 24 25 49 69 -10 7 0 5 5 4
1989-90 Vancouver Canucks NHL 41 14 18 32 50 +1
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 37 14 18 32 22 -11
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 6 12 18 44 +1
1990-91 Buffalo Sabres NHL 10 1 7 8 6 +2 5 2 0 2 8
1991-92 Buffalo Sabres NHL 70 15 16 31 100 -4 7 0 3 3 4
1992-93 Berliner SC Preussen Germany 34 14 17 31 73
1993-94 Berliner SC Preussen Germany 43 19 24 43 50
1994-95 BSC Preussen Berlin Germany 42 25 33 58 114 9 2 2 4 8
1995-96 EHC Eisbaren Berlin Germany 43 32 28 60 56 11 9 5 14 16
1996-97 Berlin Capitals Germany 43 14 25 39 42 4 0 2 2 6
1996-97 Berlin Capitals EuroHL 5 0 0 0 12
1997-98 Berlin Capitals Germany 41 6 24 30 84
NHL Totals 697 287 273 560 661 30 3 12 15 27


OMJHL First All-Star Team (1981)
OMJHL Rookie of the Year (1981)
OHL Second All-Star Team (1982) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1986)
Traded to Vancouver by Chicago for Curt Fraser, January 6, 1983. Traded to Pittsburgh by Vancouver with Rod Buskas and Barry Pederson for Dave Capuano, Andrew McBain and Dan Quinn, January 8, 1990. Traded to Buffalo by Pittsburgh for Ken Priestlay, March 5, 1991.
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