Darryl Sittler was selected with Toronto’s first pick, eighth overall, in the 1970 draft. In his first two seasons, Darryl Sittler managed just 50 points 123 games. In the 1972-73 season, Darryl Sittler started to fulfill the promise of becoming a capable NHL
player. In his third season with the Leafs, Darryl Sittler notched 77 points in 78 contests. Darryl Sittler kept getting better each year. In both the 1973-74 and 1974-75 seasons Darryl Sittler hit the 80-point plateau. By the 1975-76 campaign, Darryl Sittler was regarded as one of the most dangerous offensive players in hockey. Furthermore, Sittler’s on-ice leadership skills were recognized by the Toronto organization as Darryl Sittler was awarded the “C” for his sweater. Darryl Sittler responded with a 100-point effort. That 1975-76 season was certainly a magical one for Darryl Sittler. On February 7, 1976 the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Darryl Sittler set a scoring standard that not only survived the Gretzky and Lemieux era, but is likely to stand through the next few generations of
megastars. On that date, Sittler made headlines by scoring ten points in a single game. Sittler notched six goals and added four assists on that historic night to set the astonishing scoring standard. Later that year Darryl Sittler tied another scoring mark of five goals in a postseason contest. Then in September of that same year, Darryl Sittler became a national hero by scoring an overtime goal against Czechoslovakia in the first-ever Canada Cup tournament, securing the championship for his native Canada! During Darryl Sittler’s next five seasons with the Maple Leafs, he would go on to reach the 90-point plateau four times, falling just three points shy of the mark in the 1978-79 season. Darryl Sittler’s 117
points during the 1977-78 campaign would prove to be the highest of his career. In all, Darryl Sittler played eleven seasons and half of a twelfth for the Maple Leafs. Eventually the Leafs traded Darryl Sittler to the Philadelphia Flyers. Darryl Sittler, a Flyer for two and one-half seasons, contributed 80 goals in 191 regular-season contests. Darryl Sittler’s final NHL season was spent as a member of the 1984-85 Detroit Red Wings. On the international stage, aside from his heroics in the 1976 Canada Cup tournament, the centerman represented Canada at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World and European Championships in both 1982 and 1983. While Darryl Sittler failed to lead any of his teams to the Stanley Cup championship, he did participate in four NHL All-Star contests. In all, Sittler scored 484 goals and 1121 points in 1096 regular-season contests. Sittler’s 1121 points were good for fifteenth on the all-time NHL point-scoring list at the time of his retirement. In the postseason, Sittler added 74 points in just 76 games. His election to the Hockey Hall of Fame came in 1989.