September 7, 1963 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
Chicago Black Hawks
|NHL Draft||12th overall, 1981
Chicago Black Hawks
Anthony Tanti (born September 7, 1963) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He was a left winger and played the majority of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Vancouver Canucks. Originally selected 12th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, he was traded to the Canucks in January 1983. Tanti achieved the 40-goal mark on three occasions during his seven-year tenure with Vancouver. After being traded away in January 1990, he spent one-and-a-half year stints with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres, respectively. After 12 years in the NHL, Tanti went overseas to play for BSC Preussen of the German Bundesliga. He retired following the 1997–98 season. Tanti was known as a skilled, goal-scoring forward and has been described as the first "true sniper" in Canucks history. Tanti was born in Toronto, Ontario, but grew up in Mississauga, Ontario.
After playing minor hockey with the Mississauga Reps of the Metro Toronto Hockey League, Tanti began his junior career with the B-level St. Michael's Buzzers; he scored 58 points over 37 games. The following season, Tanti moved up to the major junior level with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Recording 81 goals in his first OHL season, he broke the league's rookie goal-scoring record previously set by Wayne Gretzky (70 goals in 1977–78). He added 69 assists for 150 points over 67 games. In the playoffs, he recorded 15 points over 11 games.
During the off-season, he was selected by the Chicago Black Hawks as the 12th overall pick in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut with the Black Hawks in 1981–82, appearing in two games (no points), but spent the majority of the season back in the junior level with the Generals. Playing in 57 OHL games, he recorded 62 goals and 126 points. The following season, he registered 34 goals and 62 points through 30 OHL games. At the NHL level, he had played one contest with Chicago before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks on January 6, 1983. He was sent to Vancouver in exchange for forward Curt Fraser, a noted fighter also capable of scoring.
Tanti joined a Canucks team that had competed in the Stanley Cup Finals the previous year (they lost to the New York Islanders). They failed to match that level of success during Tanti's tenure with the team and struggled to qualify for the playoffs yearly. Following the trade, Tanti immediately became a full-time NHLer and recorded 8 goals and 16 points over 39 games as a rookie. In his first full season as a Canuck (1983–84), he was chosen to the 1984 NHL All-Star Game, but was unable to play due to injury. Tanti went on to set a Canucks record with 45 goals, surpassing Darcy Rota's total of 42 from the previous season. Adding 41 assists for a career-high 86 points, he finished second in team scoring to linemate Patrik Sundstrom. The season also marked his first of five consecutive years leading the team in goal-scoring. He was also chosen as the fan-voted Most Exciting Player each year of that span.
Tanti's record-setting season was followed by 39 goals and 59 points over 68 games in 1984–85. He recorded a second consecutive 39 goals in 1985–86, a season in which he earned his second NHL All-Star Game selection. He played in the exhibition contest on a line with Denis Savard and Mark Messier and scored the first goal of the event. The following season, Tanti recorded 79 points (41 goals and 38 assists) over 77 games, earning the Cyrus H. McLean Trophy as the Canucks' leading scorer for the first time. He repeated the feat in 1987–88 with 40 goals and 77 points over 73 games, while also being awarded the Cyclone Taylor Trophy as team MVP.
Tanti's production decreased significantly in 1988–89 with 24 goals and 49 points over 77 games. Midway through the following campaign, he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a six-player trade on January 8, 1990. Tanti left Vancouver with Rod Buskas and Barry Pederson in exchange for Dave Capuano, Andrew McBain and Dan Quinn. Over seven seasons with the Canucks, he totaled 250 goals (which ranked second among all-time Canucks scorers, 12 behind leader Stan Smyl) and 470 points (third at the time, behind Smyl and Thomas Gradin). His 10 hat tricks, 102 power play goals and 29 game-winning goals all set team records, though they have since been surpassed.[notes 1] In a 2012 article by The Province, columnist Jim Jamieson declared Tanti as the Canucks' "first true sniper" in team history.
|Competitor for Canada|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Bronze||1986 Soviet Union|
Internationally, Tanti played for Canada at the 1983 World Junior Championships and at the World Championships in 1985, 1986, and 1987. He was invited to the training camp for the 1987 Canada Cup, but failed to make the team.
During his tenure with the Vancouver Canucks, Tanti met his wife, Christina, who was a local. They have two children, son Taylor (who also plays hockey competitively) and daughter Tessa. Following his retirement from playing, Tanti returned to live in the West Vancouver neighbourhood and entered the flooring business. His company partnered with local Bosa Development (founded by Nat Bosa, who Tanti became friends with during his NHL career), among other companies to provide wholesale flooring for construction projects in Vancouver and abroad.
Regular season and playoffs
|1979–80||St. Michael's Buzzers||OHA-B||37||31||27||58||67||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||1||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|Senior int'l totals||28||16||7||23||40|
Awards and achievements
- NHL All-Star Game - 1984, 1986
- Most Exciting Player Award (Vancouver Canucks) - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
- Cyrus H. McLean Trophy (Vancouver Canucks' leading scorer) - 1987, 1988
- Cyclone Taylor Trophy (Vancouver Canucks MVP) - 1988
- Ontario Hockey League rookie goal-scoring record - 81 (1980–81)
- Vancouver Canucks all-time hat tricks record – 10 (tied with Markus Naslund)
- Jamieson, Jim (2012-01-22). "No looking back for a true sniper". The Province (Vancouver: Postmedia News). p. B13. Retrieved 2012-01-23.
- "CHL Record Book". Canadian Hockey League. Retrieved 2008-06-15.[dead link]
- "Tony Tanti". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2012-01-23.
- "Vancouver Canucks All-Time Leaders". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2012-01-23.
- Tony Tanti's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Tony Tanti's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Profile at hockeydraftcentral.com
|Awards and achievements|
|Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick