Oshawa, ON – On October 21st, the Oshawa Generals will welcome another outstanding alumnus to their retired banner row. Tony Tanti’s number 22 will be joining Red Tilson (9), Bobby Orr (2), Eric Lindros (88), John Tavares (91) and Marc Savard (27) as the sixth player to have his number retired in franchise history.
Tanti was drafted by the Generals in the fourth round (49th overall) of the 1980 OHL Priority Selection from St. Michael’s Jr. B. He burst out of the gate with a historic rookie season, breaking Wayne Gretzky’s goal scoring record, tallying 81 goals. He would add 69 assists for 150 points over 67 games to be named the OHL Rookie of the Year. Tanti played another year with the Generals during the 1981-82 season putting up his second 100-point campaign, finishing with 126 points in 57 games.
Tanti was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks as the 12th overall pick of the 1981 NHL Draft. He would go on to play in over 700 career NHL contests between Chicago, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Buffalo, appearing in two NHL All-Star Games in the process. Tanti also represented Canada on the international stage at the World Championships in 1985, ’86 and ’87.
“I was very surprised and excited when I got the news,” said Tanti. “I was just inducted into the British Columbia Hall of Fame as well so it’s all coming down at once. Oshawa was the only junior team I played with and the history with the organization made me excited to be drafted there. I will always consider my time in Oshawa a big stepping stone for me.”
“Tony is extremely deserving of this honour,” said Generals Vice President and General Manager Roger Hunt. “To put up the goals, assists and penalty minutes he did while playing for the Generals proved he was an incredible scorer and certainly played with an edge. Amongst the other retired jerseys, Tony displayed the characteristics while playing for the Gens that showed he had the blueprint to become a great General. A distinguished NHL and International career would follow.”
The ceremony will take place before puck drop when the Oshawa Generals take on the Kitchener Rangers on October 21st.
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