The Oshawa Generals honoured one of the franchise’s all-time scoring greats on Saturday night, raising Tony Tanti’s number 22 to the heights of the Tribute Communities Centre where he joins the likes of Bobby Orr (#2), Red Tilson (#9), Marc Savard (#27), Eric Lindros (#88) and John Tavares (#91).
Tanti had three tremendous seasons in Oshawa, scoring a franchise record 81 goals and 150 points as a rookie in 1980-81 before being selected 12th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1981 NHL Draft. His 81 goals that season remain an OHL record for rookies as he went on to earn the Emms Family Award given to the OHL Rookie of the Year.
He followed up with 126 points in 1981-82 before playing half of the 1982-83 season with the Generals, the same year he made his NHL debut.
Tanti still holds the Generals single-game goal-scoring and points record, set on January 18, 1981 when he registered six goals, two assists and eight points against the Kitchener Rangers. His four power play goals in that game are also a franchise record.
The Toronto native finished his OHL career with 338 points (177-161–338) over 154 career regular season games.
Tanti went on to enjoy a 12-year, 697-game NHL career that included a total of 560 points (287-273–560) between Chicago, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Buffalo from 1982-92.
The Generals proceeded to defeat the Kitchener Rangers 2-1 following the ceremony.