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Tony Twist

Anthony Twist (born May 9, 1968 in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player. He played left wing in the NHL for the St. Louis Blues and Québec Nordiques, but was also a feared enforcer. He now is a co-host in post-game shows after Blues games on KPLR-TV. Twist recently penned a foreword to the Ross Bernstein book The Code: The Unwritten Rules Of Fighting And Retaliation In The NHL. He also owns a chain of bars named Twister's Iron Bar Saloon, with locations in Imperial, St. Charles, and Ste. Genevieve Missouri.

Playing career

He was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the ninth round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, #177 overall. After skating with the Blues for the 1989–1990 season, he played four seasons with the Québec Nordiques (later relocated to Colorado]). He became a free agent in 1994 and returned to the Blues, playing there until July 1999, when he broke his pelvis in a motorcycle accident in St. Louis and was unable to resume his NHL career.

He scored his first NHL goal in his sixth season against the Vancouver Canucks. It was in the first game of the season. He spent most of his time with the Blues as the protector of Brett Hull. Despite his relatively short career, he was one of the most feared enforcers to ever play the game. Known for his devastating punches, he battered many of the league's top enforcers during his career.

Lawsuit against Todd McFarlane

In the Spawn comic book series, Todd McFarlane created a mob enforcer character named Antonio "Tony Twist" Twistelli, who McFarlane acknowledged was named after Tony Twist. Twist won a $15 million verdict in 2004 when a St. Louis, Missouri jury found Todd McFarlane Productions had profited from Twist's likeness. The verdict was upheld after two appeals in June 2006.

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM PM PP SH GW GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Prince George Kings BCAHA -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1985–86 Prince George Spruce Kings PCJHL 42 32 20 52 162 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1986–87 Saskatoon Blades WHL 64 0 8 8 181 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1987–88 Saskatoon Blades WHL 55 1 8 9 226 -- -- -- -- 10 1 1 2 6
1988–89 Peoria Rivermen IHL 67 3 8 11 312 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1989–90 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 0 0 0 124 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1989–90 Peoria Rivermen IHL 36 1 5 6 200 -- -- -- -- 5 0 2 2 8
1990–91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 38 2 10 12 244 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1990–91 Québec Nordiques NHL 24 0 0 0 104 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1991–92 Québec Nordiques NHL 44 0 1 1 164 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1992–93 Québec Nordiques NHL 34 0 2 2 64 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1993–94 Québec Nordiques NHL 49 0 4 4 101 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1994–95 St. Louis Blues NHL 28 3 0 3 89 -- -- -- -- 1 0 0 0 6
1995–96 St. Louis Blues NHL 51 3 2 5 100 -- -- -- -- 10 1 1 2 16
1996–97 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 1 2 3 121 -- -- -- -- 6 0 0 0 0
1997–98 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 1 1 2 105 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1998–99 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 2 6 8 149 -- -- -- -- 1 0 0 0 0
1999–00 St. Louis Blues NHL -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 445 10 18 28 1121 18 1 1 2 22

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