Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tony Curtale
Born in the motor city of Detroit, Michigan on January 29th, 1962 defenseman Tony Curtale crossed the border into Canada to play his junior hockey. It was in the midst of his three-season stay with the Brantford Alexanders that Curtale made his NHL debut with the Calgary Flames.

The Flames selected Curtale in the 2nd round of the 1980 Entry Draft and during the 1980-81 season, Curtale wore the flaming "C" for two games. Though he was unable to record a point, Curtale directed four shots on net during his very short time in the NHL.

He finished that season with the Alexanders and spent all of the next year there as well. With his junior career complete, Curtale officially turned pro in 1982 with the Oklahoma City Stars for the playoffs then moved on to the Colorado Flames of the Central Hockey League. Curtale impressed with strong offensive skills but he was unable to return to the NHL despite his offensive ability.

Curtale joined the Peoria Rivermen in 1984 and spent three years with them capped by a 58-point season in 1985-86. Curtale retired in 1987 following his third season with the Rivermen a year he won the Turner Cup championship and also served as an assistant coach.

The was the beginning of a long coaching career that saw Curtale capture an Illinois High school State Championship then was appointed coach and General Manager of the Springfield Junior Blues as well as spending many years working with USA Hockey including a stint as the defensive coach for the US club in the 1998 World Junior Championships.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1978-79 St. Clair Shores Falcons MNHL 63 42 63 105 150
1979-80 Brantford Alexanders OMJHL 59 10 35 45 227 5 0 4 4 4
1980-81 Brantford Alexanders OMJHL 59 14 71 85 141 6 1 4 5 26
1980-81 Calgary Flames NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1981-82 Brampton Battalion OHL 36 17 32 49 118 8 1 2 3 35
1981-82 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 4 0 2 2 8
1982-83 Colorado Flames CHL 74 7 22 29 61 5 1 0 1 6
1983-84 Peoria Prancers IHL 2 0 0 0 2
1983-84 Colorado Flames CHL 54 3 20 23 80 6 0 4 4 2
1984-85 Peoria Rivermen IHL 50 5 31 36 81 17 1 7 8 43
1985-86 Peoria Rivermen IHL 70 7 51 58 116 11 1 3 4 57
1986-87 Peoria Rivermen IHL 72 8 21 29 126
NHL Totals 2 0 0 0 0


IHL Second All-Star Team (1986)
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