Friday, February 7, 2014

Maple Leafs' Sittler Sets NHL Record

On Feb. 7, 1976, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Darryl Sittler set an NHL record by recording ten points in a single game.  He broke the previous record of eight, which was held by both Maurice Richard and Bert Olmstead.

Playing against the Boston Bruins, Sittler scored an amazing six goals and added four assists en route to the 11-4 victory. 

Bruins’ rookie goalie Dave Reece would be on the wrong end of those 11 goals against. 

Sittler’s record still stands to this day, as a total of eight points in a single game has been reached on 12 more occasions, with Mario Lemieux being the last to do so on April 25, 1989.

With teams rarely scoring 10 goals in the current NHL, it is fair to say that Sittler’s record isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Sittler had a solid career in the OHA and later in the NHL, but is widely known for this game on the Leafs.

Sittler finished his career with 98 goals and 154 assists in the OHA for 252 points in three years with the London Nationals and London Knights. Sittler’s NHL career of 15 seasons was just as amazing over a long period of time scoring an impressive 484 goals and 637 assists for 1,121 points.

Sittler was inducted into the NHL’s Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989.

In 1991, a year after Ballard died, he rejoined the Leafs' organization as a consultant under new general manager Cliff Fletcher.

In 1998, he was ranked number 93 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players and on February 8, 2003, Sittler's number 27 was honored by the Leafs.

Vancouver songwriters Dan Swinimer and Jeff Johnson wrote a country song commemorating Sittler's 60 birthday called "The Darryl Sittler Song".