American Hockey League Hall of Fame inductee Tim Tookey was born on August 29, 1960 in Edmonton, Alberta. A prolific scorer for the Western Hockey League's Portland Winter Hawks, for whom he once notched 58 goals and 141 points in 70 games, Tookey was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the fifth round (88th overall) of the 1979 NHL Draft.
Although the natural center spent most of his career in the American Hockey League, where he became a legendary player for the Hershey Bears, Tookey played in 106 NHL regular season games (22 goals, 36 assists, 58 points, 71 penalty minutes) and 10 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs (one goal, three assists, four points). His NHL stops saw Tookey play for the Capitals, Quebec Nordiques, Pittsburgh Penguins, Flyers and Los Angeles Kings.
The Flyers signed Tookey as a free agent on July 11, 1985.
The forward, who had three 100-point seasons with the Hershey Bears when they were the Flyers' AHL farm team, also played in 10 playoff games and two regular season matches during Philly's run to within one win of the Stanley Cup in 1986-87. That same year, Tookey posted a career-high 124 points (51 goals, 73 assists) for Hershey.
Tookey left after the 1986-87 season, joining the LA Kings, but returned to the Flyers organization again as a free agent, signing on June 30,1989. Once again, the signing was primarily geared toward bolstering the Hersey Bears' attack.
When legendary Flyers announcer Gene Hart hosted the early 1990s incarnation of his 'Flyers Fone" radio program, one especially persistent caller used to phone the show weekly to ask when the Flyers were going to call up "that Tookey kid." Every time, Hart would patiently explain that the player was an AHL veteran, that he was arguable more valuable to the Bears in a top-end role than he would be as a depth player on the Flyers, and adding, "there's nothing wrong with being a star in the second-best league in the world."