|KEITH ACTON, Assistant Coach|
Keith Acton joined the Columbus Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on June 20, 2012 and has spent more than 30 years in the NHL as a player and assistant coach. Most recently, he spent a decade as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs, joining Pat Quinn’s staff in 2001. He also worked with Paul Maurice and Ron Wilson during his stint in Toronto that ended in 2011.
Prior to joining the Maple Leafs, Acton was an assistant coach with the New York Rangers from 1998-00 under head coaches John Muckler and John Tortorella. He served as an assistant and associate coach with the Philadelphia Flyers from 1994-98 under Terry Murray, Wayne Cashman and Roger Nielsen.
Acton was selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the sixth round, 103rd overall, at the 1978 NHL Draft. He made his debut with the Canadiens during the 1979-80 season and went on to register 226 goals, 358 assists, 584 points and 1,172 penalty minutes in 1,023 career NHL games with Montreal, the Minnesota North Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. He tallied a career-high 36-52-88 with 88 penalty minutes in 78 games with Montreal in 1981-82 and represented the Canadiens at the 1982 All-Star Game.
Acton also tallied 12-21-33 and 88 penalty minutes in 66 career Stanley Cup Playoff games and helped the Oilers capture the 1988 Stanley Cup championship. He also appeared in the 1984 Western Conference Finals with Minnesota and the 1989 Eastern Conference Finals with Philadelphia. A center, he played junior hockey for the Peterborough Petes.
Acton was born on April 15, 1958 in Stouffville, Ontario. His family includes daughters, Brooke and Elise, and sons, William and Robert.