Tony Twist

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Tony Twist
Born (1968-05-09) May 9, 1968 (age 46)
Sherwood Park, AB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Quebec Nordiques
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 177th overall, 1988
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1989–1999

Anthony Rory Twist (born May 9, 1968 in Sherwood Park, Alberta) is a former professional ice hockey player. He played left wing in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues and Quebec Nordiques, but was also a feared enforcer. He now is a co-host in post-game shows after Blues games on Fox Sports Midwest. Twist recently penned a foreword to the Ross Bernstein book The Code: The Unwritten Rules Of Fighting And Retaliation In The NHL. He also owned a chain of bars named Twister's Iron Bar Saloon, with locations in St. Charles and Ste. Genevieve Missouri. Currently he co-hosts "the Smash and Twist" show from 3pm to 6pm on 590 the Man in St. Louis.

Playing career[edit]

He was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the ninth round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, #177 overall. After skating with the Blues for the 1989–1990 season, he played four seasons with the Quebec Nordiques (later relocated to Colorado). He became a free agent in 1994 and returned to the Blues, playing there until July 1999, when he broke his pelvis in a motorcycle accident in St. Louis and was unable to resume his NHL career.[1]Known for his devastating punches, he battered many of the leagues top enforcers during his career.

Lawsuit against Todd McFarlane[edit]

In the Spawn comic book series, Todd McFarlane created a mob enforcer character named Antonio "Tony Twist" Twistelli,[2] who McFarlane acknowledged was named after Tony Twist. Twist won a $15 million verdict in 2004 when a St. Louis, Missouri jury found Todd McFarlane Productions had profited from Twist's likeness.[3] The verdict was upheld after two appeals in June 2006.[4] In 2007, Twist and McFarlane settled the lawsuit out of court for $5 million.[5][6]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Prince George Spruce Kings PCJHL 42 32 20 52 162
1986–87 Saskatoon Blades WHL 64 0 8 8 181
1987–88 Saskatoon Blades WHL 55 1 8 9 226 10 1 1 2 6
1988–89 Peoria Rivermen IHL 67 3 8 11 312
1989–90 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 0 0 0 124 -2
1989–90 Peoria Rivermen IHL 36 1 5 6 200 5 0 2 2 8
1990–91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 38 2 10 12 244
1990–91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 24 0 0 0 104 -4
1991–92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 44 0 1 1 164 -3
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 34 0 2 2 64 0
1993–94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 49 0 4 4 101 -1
1994–95 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 3 0 3 89 0 1 1 0 0 0 6
1995–96 St. Louis Blues NHL 51 3 2 5 100 -1 1 10 1 1 2 16
1996–97 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 1 2 3 121 -8 6 0 0 0 0
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 1 1 2 105 -4
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 2 6 8 149 0 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 445 10 18 28 1121 -23 2 18 1 1 2 22

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