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General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have appointed Keith Acton as an Associate Coach. Acton will join Kelly Buchberger, Steve Smith and Frederic Chabot on Head Coach Dallas Eakins' coaching staff.
Acton, 55, spent this past season in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, where he served as an Assistant Coach. Before joining Columbus in 2012, he served as an Assistant Coach for 10 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2001-11). During his decade spent with the Maple Leafs, he worked with Paul Maurice, Ron Wilson, and also served as an Assistant Coach with Dallas Eakins from 2006-2008.
Prior to his tenure with the Maple Leafs, Acton 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.Edmonton Oilers hockey is presented in part by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies, Molson Canadian, TELUS and Ford.