Darryl Sittler is the classic example of the Canadian hero. A poor kid in small town Ontario who became one of the greatest hockey players of all time through hard work and perseverance.
Sittler, perhaps the most popular Leaf in modern times, was drafted by Toronto 8th overall in the 1970 Entry Draft. For Sittler it was the culmination of a great junior career with the London Knights. And while he was slow out of the blocks in his firs two seasons with the Leafs, he exploded with a 29 goal, 77 point 1972-73 campaign and never looked back.
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Did anybody else notice the pathetic reception Sittler received when he was iintroduced along with 5 other Team Canada captains before the leafs opner with the Habs?? The fans practically cheered more for Paul Coffey and Mario Lemieux, and definitely more for Paul Henderson. Sittler was definitely one of the top Leafs of all time... and he was the heart and soul of the Leafs during his tenure. I couldn't believe Leaf fans couldn't have given him a better reception than just a polite applause...I found it pretty pathetic.
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