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Keith Acton
Edmonton Oilers - Associate Coach
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Keith Acton was named associate coach of the Edmonton Oilers on June 28, 2013.
 
Prior to his tenure with the Oilers, Acton spent the 2012-13 season as assistant coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Before his time in Columbus, Acton served as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs and also spent time as an Assistant Coach with the New York Rangers (1998-00) under Head Coaches John Muckler and John Tortorella as well as the Philadelphia Flyers (1994-98) under Terry Murray, Wayne Cashman and Roger Nielsen.
 
Drafted in the 6th round, 103rd overall in 1978 by the Montreal Canadiens, Acton went on to register 584 points (226G, 358A) and 1,172 penalty minutes in 1,023 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota North Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. He posted a career high 88 points (36G, 52A) and 88 penalty minutes in 78 games with Montreal in 1981-82, as well as representing the Canadiens at the 1982 All-Star Game.
 
The Stouffville, Ontario native also tallied 33 points (12G, 21A) and 88 penalty minutes in 66 career Stanley Cup Playoff games and helped the Oilers capture the 1988 Stanley Cup championship.

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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense