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Darryl Sittler

Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Legend

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Darryl Sittler: Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Legend

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Darryl Sittler #27(retired number) was born in Kitchener, Ontario September 18,1950 and played center. His last amateur club was London(OHL) and was drafted 8th overall in the 1970 entry draft. On Feb. 7, 1976, Sittler set a NHL record which still stands today: 10 points in a game. He scored six goals and added four assists while centering a line with Lanny McDonald and Errol Thompson. The offensive outburst came at Maple Leaf Gardens against the Boston Bruins and goalie Dave Reece. Toronto won the game, 11-4. Sittler wound up with the season with 100 points, the first player in team history to reach that plateau.  About 2 1/2 months later, on April 22, 1976, Sittler tied a record which also still stands (though several players since have equaled it): five goals in a playoff game during an 8-5 victory over eventual Stanley Cup runner-up Philadelphia.  Nearly five months later, on Sept. 15, during the second Canada Cup (now World Cup), Sittler took a pass from Marcel Dionne and beat Czech goalie Vladimir Dzurilla for the clinching goal in overtime as the Canadians won the Cup, 5-4, and the series, 2-0.

His best individual season came two years later, in 1977-78, when he set marks for goals (45), assists (72) and points (117). He finished third in the NHL in scoring (behind Guy Lafleur's 132 and Bryan Trottier's 123) and was named a second-team All-Star.  He was traded to Philadelphia on Jan. 20, 1982 for Rich Costello and a second-round draft pick. Exactly one year later, he recorded his 1,000th career point.  After 2 1/2 seasons with the Flyers, he spent his final season with the Detroit Red Wings in 1984-85. He retired as the 15th leading scorer in league history with 1,121 points (484 goals, 677 assists).

In 1989, he was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Two years later, he was hired as a special consultant to Cliff Fletcher, then-president of the Maple Leafs.  Darryl still works for the team as a Community Representative in the fields of marketing, community relations and alumni relations. Darryl is a member of the Maple Leafs Alumni.  Darryl is also involved in a Cancer prevention foundation.