Darryl Sittler

Darryl Sittler

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NHL Hockey Star

Few players in Toronto Maple Leafs history captured the imagination of hockey fans, and a place in their hearts, like number 27, Darryl Sittler.

Born in Kitchener, Ontario on September 18, 1950, one of eight children, Darryl Sittler soon became one of the star players of the Ontario Hockey Association’s London Knights team. He was the Leafs first pick and eigth over-all in the 1970 draft and by the age of 24, he became the second-youngest captain in history.

In 1976, Sittler achieved his legendary status in a game against the Boston Bruins. While centering a line with Lanny McDonald and Errol Thompson, Sittler scored six goals and added four assists to set a NHL record – one that still stands today – for most points in a game with a total of 10 points. That record-breaking moment helped Sittler become the first ever Maple Leaf to reach 100 points in a single season.

Later that April, Sittler’s sensational scoring streak would continue in the Stanley Cup playoffs when he scored five goals in a single game against the Philadelphia Flyers, tying a playoff record.

On September 15, 1976 during the Canada Cup final at the famous Montreal Forum, Sittler cemented his standing in Canadian hockey lore. Taking a pass from teammate Marcel Dionne in overtime, he beat Czech goalie Vladimir Dzurilla on a partial breakaway, scoring the tournament winning goal for Canada and securing his place as a national hockey hero.

In 1989, Sittler was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame. In a touching tribute to an illustrious Maple Leaf career, he was honoured when the organization proudly raised a banner to the rafters with his number 27 and his name. Today, Darryl spends time working with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Inc in areas of Corporate Partners and in community relations.

He’s an active Member of the Board of Directors of several publicly listed mining companies and is also very supportive of a number of charities. These charities include the Special Olympics Canada, Screen Colons Canada and Colon Cancer Canada in honor of his late wife Wendy who died from colon cancer in 2001.

To relax, Darryl enjoys fishing, bike riding, golf and spending time with family and friends.

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Darryl Sittler was a gift to our community and our event. He was absolutely wonderful! He is a very down to earth, personable, social person who did not hesitate to make our attendees feel welcome in his presence. Mr. Sittler was awesome. He took the time to speak to many people and everyone that did have exposure to him remarked on how nice he was and how genuine he is. His presentation was outstanding. He has some very strong and powerful messages and they were all well received. We have hosted this event for the last 5 years and I must say that Mr. Sittler was the best we have ever had. Not only for his presentation but also due to the wonderful interaction he had with our attendees. I would strongly recommend Mr. Sittler to anyone!!!

Jeff Kohnen | Melville Minor Hockey Association

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