Will Acton

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Will Acton
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Acton at the 2014 Edmonton Oilers training camp
Born (1987-07-16) July 16, 1987 (age 32)
Edina, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 202 lb (92 kg; 14 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers
Edmonton Oilers
Schwenninger Wild Wings
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present

William Kevin Acton (born July 16, 1987) is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL)

Playing career[edit]

Acton attended Lake Superior State University where he played four seasons of NCAA hockey with Lakers where he scored 77 points and registered 132 penalty minutes in 144 games played.

In March 2011, the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) signed Acton to an amateur tryout contract[1] to begin his professional career.

On July 5, 2013, the Edmonton Oilers signed Acton as a free agent to two-year, two-way contract.[2]

Acton started the 2013–14 season on the Oilers' NHL roster, and scored his first NHL goal on October 14, 2013, against Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals. He would split the season between the Oilers, and AHL affiliate the Oklahoma City Barons.

In the 2014–15 season, Acton appeared in 3 games with the Oilers before on November 20, 2014, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks, in exchange for center Kellan Lain.[3] Acton was immediately assigned to the Canucks AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets for the remainder of the season.

As an un-signed free agent over the summer on September 28, 2015, Acton accepted a European offer in agreeing to a one-year deal with German club, Schwenninger Wild Wings of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).[4] Acton led the Wild Wings in total points with 55 (16 goals, 39 assists) in 46 games, which ranked him third in the DEL regular season.[5]

After captaining the Wild Wings in the 2017–18 season, Acton left at the conclusion of his contract to sign a three-year deal with fellow DEL club, the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers, on April 26, 2018.[6]

Personal[edit]

Acton was born in Edina, Minnesota, but grew up in Whitchurch–Stouffville, Ontario. His father, Keith, was playing for the Minnesota North Stars at his time of birth.

His father also played hockey professionally with the Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders over a 17-year playing career, winning a Stanley Cup in 1988 as a member of the Oilers. Keith previously held the role of Associate Coach to Dallas Eakins, the former Oilers head coach and former head coach of the Toronto Marlies.

Career statistics[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada East
World Junior A Challenge
Silver medal – second place 2006 Yorkton
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Stouffville Spirit OPJHL 1 1 0 1 0
2004–05 Stouffville Spirit OPJHL 41 5 8 13 28
2005–06 Stouffville Spirit OPJHL 48 11 20 31 38
2006–07 Stouffville Spirit OPJHL 33 16 13 29 63
2007–08 Lake Superior State U. CCHA 36 6 7 13 22
2008–09 Lake Superior State U. CCHA 38 7 9 16 53
2009–10 Lake Superior State U. CCHA 36 10 14 24 39
2010–11 Lake Superior State U. CCHA 34 9 15 24 18
2010–11 Reading Royals ECHL 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Toronto Marlies AHL 69 7 9 16 58 17 1 1 2 9
2012–13 Toronto Marlies AHL 67 8 11 19 60 9 4 2 6 12
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 30 3 2 5 21
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 47 12 11 23 74 3 0 1 1 0
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 5
2014–15 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 6 1 1 2 2
2014–15 Utica Comets AHL 45 11 8 19 26 9 1 2 3 2
2015–16 Schwenninger Wild Wings DEL 46 16 39 55 67
2016–17 Schwenninger Wild Wings DEL 52 16 28 44 55
2017–18 Schwenninger Wild Wings DEL 51 18 30 48 30 2 2 0 2 0
2018–19 Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers DEL 52 12 23 35 8 8 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 33 3 2 5 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acton follows Gysbers to Marlies". Yorkton Region. March 24, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "NHL free agent frenzy end-to-end excitement: Cox". Toronto Star. July 5, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Edmonton Oilers trade Will Acton to Vancouver Canucks for Kellan Lain". Edmonton Journal. November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Will Acton comes to Schwenninger" (in German). Schwenninger Wild Wings. September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "Alle DEL-Statistiken - DEL.org". www.del.org. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ice Tigers pick up top forward Will Acton" (in German). Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers. April 26, 2018. Retrieved April 27, 2018.

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