Tony Iob spent two and a half seasons in Kingston as part of both the Raiders and Frontenacs, playing in 144 games in a Kingston uniform. In those 144 games, Iob or Tony 10-B as he was called, registered 50 goals and 70 assists for 120 points and a whopping 353 penalty minutes. The big power forward also scored a pair of goals and added 21 penalty minutes in 7 playoff games during the 1989-90 season. The Frontenacs dealt Iob to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds midway through the 1990-91 season and the following year Iob and the Greyhounds captured the OHL Championship and went all the way to the Memorial Cup Championship game, before falling to Scott Niedermayer, Darcy Tucker and the Kamloops Blazers 5-4 in the final.
Iob was a ninth round selection, 189th overall of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft and played 21 games in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans, scoring 12 goals and adding 8 assists for 20 points and 70 penalty minutes, during his short time spent in Rocheter. The following season Iob went overseas and other than a couple short end of year stints in Phoenix and San Diego of the WCHL during the 2000 and 2002 playoff runs, he has remained over there ever since and continues to play there to this day. Tony has played the last 16 seasons in Italy, Austria and Germany for a combined 371 goals and 417 points for 757 career overseas points and a whopping 1,448 penalty minutes in 633 career games. Iob also played for Italy at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic games, scoring two goals and adding two assists in five games and finishing the tournament with a +1 rating, including firing two shots on arguably the greatest goaltender in the history of the game, in Canadian goaltender Martin Brodeur.Â Â
Today Tony Iob spends his summers in his home town of Renfrew, Ontario, along with his wife Janet and their two children Cameron and Alexis. My wife Janet is a Renfrew girl and my son Cameron is 10 years old and he’s a goalie and my daughter Alexis is six years old, said Iob.
My greatest hockey memory is playing for Italy at the 2006 Olmypics in Torino. We played against Team Canada, Finland and the Czech’s and just being on the same ice as all those great superstars was the thrill of a lifetime, said Iob.
My greatest Kingston hockey moment was playing against Belleville in the playoffs and the series going seven games with most of the games going into overtime. It was a wild series and wild rivalry and everyone, including the fans all enjoyed the intensity of that series, said Iob.
I actually have a couple teams that I would consider as being the best teams I ever played for. The 91-92 Soo Greyhounds that won the OHL Championship and went all the way to the Memorial Final game was a special team. Looking back we didn’t have many guys that went on to the NHL, but in Junior we were just a group that came together and it was a great group to be a part of, said Iob. My first year in Milan, Italy and the team I played on in Klagenfurt in 2004 were great teams too, because we the championships those years. You always remember the championships and you always hold those in a special place in your heart, said Iob.
I’ve had a lot of great coaches over the years but Mav is my favorite coach. He gave me a chance in Kingston in my first year and even to this day, I still have never forgot that. Said Iob.
The biggest advice I could give someone is to never give up on your dreams and most importantly, to never think that you know everything. I’ve played 17 years of pro hockey and I’m still learning, said Iob.
Looking back, I had a great time in Kingston, both with the hockey and the fans. It was a very sad day for me the day I got traded, but those Kingston fans were so special for me, that when I went to the Memorial Cup in Quebec with the Soo, there were fans from Kingston there to cheer us on. I especially remember Marty, concluded #11, Tony Iob