February 15, 1958 |
Montreal, QC, CAN
|Height||6 ft 01 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|Played for||Buffalo Sabres
Minnesota North Stars
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||38th overall, 1978
McKegney was born in Montreal, but was adopted soon thereafter, and raised by a white family in Sarnia, Ontario. As a teenager he played Jr. 'B' hockey in Sarnia. He was following in the footsteps of his older brother Ian, who had been a star with the Sarnia Legionnaires before moving on to the pros. At age twenty, Tony 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. 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 nine 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 HC 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
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|1992–92||San Diego Gulls||IHL||23||8||5||13||38||3||0||1||1||4|