April 03, 2016
Darryl Sittler Hits The Century Mark
April 3rd, 1976. Darryl Sittler became the first 100 point scorer in Toronto Maple Leafs' history, when he picked up an assist in a 4-2 loss to the Bruins, in Toronto.
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.
By the beginning of the 1975-76 season, the hard working center was given the great honor of being named captain, replacing the incomparable Dave Keon who jumped to the World Hockey Association. The honor was one that Sittler greatly cherished, and he responded to the challenge. He took his game to the next level, notching 41 goals and 59 assists to become the first Maple Leafs player in history to crack the 100 point mark in one season!
No one game better symbolizes his great 19 75-76 season than the night of February 7, 1976. That was the night that he scored 6 goals and set up 4 others to set the unthinkable record of 10 points in a single game. None of the games greats - including Gretzky, Lemieux, Orr, Howe - came close to touching this record!
Here's the full Darryl Sittler biography.