Tony Currie (ice hockey)

Anthony Currie (born November 12, 1957) is a Canadian former ice hockey forward who spent 8 seasons in the National Hockey League between 1977 and 1985 with the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, and Hartford Whalers. Currie also spent several years in the minor leagues, and the last several years of his career were spent in Europe, where he played in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, retiring in 1990.

Tony Currie
Born (1957-11-12) November 12, 1957 (age 63)
Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for St. Louis Blues
Vancouver Canucks
Hartford Whalers
NHL Draft 63rd overall, 1977
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1977–1990

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Currie played in the 1970 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Oromocto.[1]

Currie was a selected 63rd overall in the 1977 NHL amateur draft by the St. Louis Blues following a 73-goal season for the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL. He would play 22 games for the Blues in 1977–78, and spend most of his first three professional seasons alternately dominating minor-pro and struggling to make an impact on the Blues. He would finally stake his claim to a roster spot in 1979–80, posting 19 goals in 40 games once called up to St. Louis. In 1980–81, he would have his finest NHL season recording 55 points in 61 games, helping the Blues to a 2nd place overall finish in the regular season. In the playoffs, he played the best hockey of his career, recording 16 points and a then franchise record 12 assists in 11 games.

However, Currie struggled throughout his career to maintain a consistent roster spot as coaches felt his poor defensive game and lack of size and physical play overshadowed his ability to create offense[citation needed]. He continued to produce well in 1981–82, notching 40 points in 48 games, before being dealt to the Vancouver Canucks at the trade deadline. He added 5 more goals for Vancouver to finish with 23 in just 60 games to match his career high from the previous season, but appeared in only 3 games in the playoffs as Vancouver went on a surprising run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Not a favourite of defensive-minded Canuck coach Roger Neilson, and despite his high level of production to that point of his career, Currie found himself back in the minors for most of the next two seasons, appearing in only 26 more games for the team[citation needed]. Released by Vancouver mid-way through the 1983–84 season, Currie would get another chance to prove himself as he signed for the Hartford Whalers. He would again provide instant offense, posting 14 goals and 28 points in just 32 games for the Whalers. Despite posting 11 points in 13 games to start the 1984–85 campaign, he was waived by the Whalers. He would toil for two more seasons in the minors before moving to Europe, where he would finally retire in 1990.

Currie finished his NHL career with totals of 92 goals and 119 assists for 211 points in 290 NHL games, along with 73 penalty minutes.

He has two sons, the eldest Tyler and the youngest name Kyle.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1972–73 Penticton Broncos BCJHL
1973–74 Edmonton Oil Kings WCHL 22 0 1 1 2
1973–74 Spruce Grove Mets AJHL 29 20 16 36 35
1974–75 Edmonton Oil Kings WCHL 39 28 17 45 12
1974–75 Spruce Grove Mets AJHL 39 36 44 80 73
1975–76 Edmonton Oil Kings WCHL 71 41 40 81 56
1976–77 Portland Winter Hawks WCHL 72 73 52 125 50 10 4 7 11 14
1977–78 St. Louis Blues NHL 22 4 5 9 4
1977–78 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 53 33 17 50 17
1978–79 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 4 15 19 0
1978–79 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 28 22 12 34 6
1979–80 St. Louis Blues NHL 40 19 14 33 4 2 0 0 0 0
1979–80 Salt Lake Golden Eagles CHL 33 24 23 47 17
1980–81 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 23 32 55 38 11 4 12 16 4
1981–82 St. Louis Blues NHL 48 18 22 40 17
1981–82 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 5 3 8 2 3 0 0 0 10
1982–83 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 1 1 2 0
1982–83 Fredericton Express AHL 68 47 48 95 16 12 5 7 12 6
1983–84 Vancouver Canucks NHL 18 3 3 6 2
1983–84 Fredericton Express AHL 12 6 11 17 16
1983–84 Hartford Whalers NHL 32 12 16 28 4
1984–85 Hartford Whalers NHL 13 3 8 11 2
1984–85 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 53 16 31 47 8 6 1 3 4 0
1985–86 Fredericton Express AHL 75 35 40 75 23 6 5 2 7 4
1986–87 Schwenninger ERC GER 37 28 32 60 86
1986–87 EHC Kloten NLA 3 4 3 7 2 8 6 2 8 4
1987–88 Schwenninger ERC GER 40 19 44 63 65
1988–89 AS Varese ITA 49 39 44 83 36
1989–90 AS Varese ITA 33 24 31 55 17 6 1 6 7 4
NHL totals 290 92 119 211 73 16 4 12 16 14

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-10.

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