Legends in Canadian Sports ….. Darryl Sittler
Arguably the most popular Toronto Maple Leaf in franchise history, Darryl Sittler has left his mark in the NHL history books.
Picked 8th overall by the Leafs in the 1970 entry draft, the 6 foot - 190 pound centre spent twelve seasons wearing #27 for the Leafs … eight of those as team Captain. Sittler’s Leaf career came to an end when he was traded to the Flyers in 1982 after his relationship with grumpy Leaf owner Harold Ballard deteriorated. Sittler retired in 1985 after three years with the Flyers and a brief stint in Detroit.
Darryl’s Career Highlights and Achievements Include:
· First Leaf to reach 100 points (1975/76 season – 41 goals & 59 assists)
· The ten point game! On February 7th, 1976 Darryl racked up 6 goals and 4 assists against Don Cherry’s Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens … a single game NHL record that stands to this day. Bruins goalie Dave Reese never played another game in the NHL after that night! Watch the game highlights here:
· The five goal play-off game! On April 22nd, 1976, Darryl erupted for five goals against the Broad Street Bullies in the Conference Semi-final.
· 1976 was an awesome year for Darryl, on September 15th he scored the Canada Cup winner in OT against the Czech Republic.
· Inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.
· Leafs retired #27 and raised his banner to the rafters in 2003.
What’s Darryl Doing Now?
In 1991, a year after Harold Ballard died, Sittler rejoined the Maple Leafs organization as a consultant and continues to do PR for the Leafs to this day. He’s also an active member of the Board of Directors of several companies and supports many charities including Special Olympics Canada, Screen Colons Canada, and Colon Cancer Canada in honour of his late wife Wendy.
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