(born March 25, 1970 in Brantford
) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey left winger
who played 8 seasons in the National Hockey League
in the 1990s.
Antoski played minor hockey for the Don Mills Flyers Midgets of the MTHL in 1986-87 and was drafted in the 4th round (59th overall) of the 1987 OHL Priority Selection.
Antoski played his junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League
with the North Bay Centennials
, and was selected by the Vancouver Canucks
in the first round (18th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft
, just ahead of future superstars Keith Tkachuk
and Martin Brodeur
Although his role was primarily that of an enforcer
, Antoski was noted for his skating ability, which was exceptional for a player of his size. While his offensive ability was very limited, his speed and size made him a fearsome forechecker and a heavy bodychecker. He was also an able fighter.
Antoski turned pro in 1990 and was assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals
, Vancouver's IHL
farm team. He would spend most of the next three season toiling in minor pro, although he received a brief callup each year, playing in a total of 8 NHL games. He would finally establish himself as an NHL regular in the 1993–94
, appearing in 55 games for the Canucks and recording 3 points and 190 penalty minutes. The highlight of his career would come in that year's playoffs, as Vancouver reached the Stanley Cup Finals
. Playing on a gritty fourth line with Tim Hunter