Tony was born in Humboldt on St. Patrick's Day in 1923. He grew up to only weigh 160 pounds and stand five feet six inches tall, but was good enough to play 11 seasons in the National Hockey League.
He played his entire minor hockey in Saskatoon, ending off in fine style with a Saskatchewan Senior championship in 1942. In 1942-43, he played professional with the Cleveland Barons of the American League. Following a three year stint with the Navy, he returned to the game and played six years with the New York Rangers, four with the Detroit Red Wings and one with the Chicago Black Hawks.
He played in 729 games and missed only two games due to an injury. Tony scored 165 goals although his coach often had him check the leading scorer of the opposing team. Rocket Richard was one of them. Tony has earned two Stanley Cup rings. In 1952, he was with the Wings when they beat the Montreal Canadiens four straight. In 1954, Tony scored in overtime in the seventh game as Detroit again beat the Canadiens. He finished his career as playing coach of the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL.