Keith Acton
Keith acton.jpg
Born April 15, 1958 (1958-04-15) (age 61)
Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Played for NHL
Montreal Canadiens
Minnesota North Stars
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Washington Capitals
New York Islanders
Nova Scotia Voyageurs
Hershey Bears
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 103rd overall, 1978
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1978–1995

Keith Acton (born Keith Edward Acton on April 15, 1958) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey centre who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders between 1980 and 1994.

Playing CareerEdit

Keith was selected 103rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.

He began his NHL career on Montreal's fourth line, but his productive play soon earned him a promotion to the first line where he centered all-stars Steve Shutt and Guy Lafleur.

On October 28, 1983, Keith was traded to the Minnesota North Stars along with Mark Napier and Toronto's third-round choice in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Bobby Smith.

After five seasons in Minnesota, he was to the Edmonton Oilers on January 22, 1988 in exchange for Moe Mantha where he won a Stanley Cup with the team in 1988.

On February 7, 1989, Keith was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers along with Edmonton's 6th-round pick (Dmitry Yushkevich) in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Dave Brown.

On September 28, 1989, he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets along with Pete Peeters in exchange for future considerations, but five days later on October 3, 1989, he & Peeters were traded back to Philadelphia in exchange for Toronto's 5th-round choice in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.

After 5 seasons in Philadelphia, Keith signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals on July 27, 1993 where he played with the team for only six games before being claimed off waivers by the New York Islanders on October 22, 1993.

In 1995, Keith retired from playing professional hockey. During his career, he played in more than 1,000 NHL games and represented Canada three times at the World Championships.

Coaching CareerEdit

After retiring from playing professional hockey, Keith became an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2000-01 season.

He later worked as an assistant coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Most recently, Keith was the assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers before being released on June 4, 2015.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75Wexford RaidersOPJHL4323295246
1975–76Peterborough PetesOMJHL359172630
1976–77Peterborough PetesOMJHL6552691219341456
1977–78Peterborough PetesOMJHL68428612852211081816
1977–78Peterborough PetesM-Cup30110
1978–79Nova Scotia VoyageursAHL7915264122104264
1979–80Montreal CanadiensNHL20110
1979–80Nova Scotia VoyageursAHL754553983861238
1980–81Montreal CanadiensNHL611524397420006
1981–82Montreal CanadiensNHL7836528888504416
1982–83Montreal CanadiensNHL782426506330000
1983–84Montreal CanadiensNHL937104
1983–84Minnesota North StarsNHL621738556015471112
1984–85Minnesota North StarsNHL782038589094486
1985–86Minnesota North StarsNHL7926325810050336
1986–87Minnesota North StarsNHL7816294556
1987–88Minnesota North StarsNHL468111974
1987–88Edmonton OilersNHL2636921720216
1988–89Edmonton OilersNHL4611152647
1988–89Philadelphia FlyersNHL2531013641623518
1989–90Philadelphia FlyersNHL6913142780
1990–91Philadelphia FlyersNHL76142337131
1991–92Philadelphia FlyersNHL507101798
1992–93Philadelphia FlyersNHL838152351
1993–94Washington CapitalsNHL600021
1993–94New York IslandersNHL712795040008
1994–95Hershey BearsAHL12571258
NHL totals102322635858411726612213388
OMJHL totals1681031722751752511122322
AHL totals16665861511181654912


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
Senior int'l totals266064


  • 1979-80:AHL Second Team All-Star
  • 1987–88: NHL - Stanley Cup (Edmonton)

Personal LifeEdit

Keith's son Will is a hockey player who played for the Edmonton Oilers for two seasons. These days, he plays for the Schwenninger Wild Wings of the DEL.

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