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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