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Celebrating Black History Month: Tony McKegney

Who was the first Black player to top 40 goals in an NHL season? If you said Tony McKegney, you are correct. McKegney, a Montreal native who was raised in Sarnia by his adoptive family, was drafted by the Sabres with the 32nd overall pick in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. He jumped to the AHL’s Hershey Bears and then the Sabres, making his NHL debut in the 1978-79 season.
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Black History Month essay: Tony McKegney

Editor's note: As part of the NHL celebrating Black History Month throughout February, NHL.com will present first-person essays by some of the game's key Black players and executives. Today, Tony McKegney, the first Black player to score 40 goals in an NHL season, tells his story of overcoming racial bias and serving as inspiration for Jarome Iginla, the only other Black player to hit the 40-goal milestone.
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