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Maple Leafs add Bower and Sittler to Legends Row


The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Johnny Bower and Darryl Sittler as the second and third members inducted into its’ legends row on Saturday.

The pair join Ted Kennedy as the only other member of the Leafs to hold the honor.

The legends row is a 30-foot bench outside Toronto’s Air Canada Centre with bronze statues of Leafs greats from the franchise’s 97-year history.

Sittler, 63, was a Maple Leafs first-round pick in 1970 (8th overall) and played in parts of 12 seasons for the Leafs. He led the team in scoring, a franchise record, eight straight times.  Prior to the 1975-76 season, Sittler was named captain of the Leafs at just 24.  Sittler still holds NHL records for most points in a game (10) and most goals in a single playoff game (5).

Bower, 88, spent parts of 12 seasons with the Maple Leafs winning Stanley Cups in 1962, 1963 and 1964. The hall of famer won 255 regular season and Playoff games with Leafs to go along with two Vezina Trophies. Following his playing days, Bower spent time with the Leafs as a goalie coach and scout.

The team will continue to add players to the monument leading up to and beyond its’ centennial season in 2017.

Sittler, Delvecchio, Lindsay headline Detroit-Toronto Winter Classic alumni games

Hockeytown Winter Festival

It promises to be a star-studded affair in December when Detroit’s Comerica Park transforms into the Hockeytown Winter Festival.

Especially for the annual Alumni Showdown — well, make that Showdowns.

According to Detroit GM Ken Holland, there will be a pair of alumni contests to facilitate the large number of players that wanted to participate.

On Wednesday, we got a glimpse at that overwhelming number as partial rosters for both the Maple Leafs and Red Wings were named, headlined by Hockey Hall of Famers Darryl Sittler, Alex Delvecchio and Ted Lindsay.

Here are the players that have committed for both sides thus far:


Mike Palmateer, Felix Potvin, Curtis Joseph, Doug Gilmour, Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark, Dave Andreychuk, Kevin Maguire, Darcy Tucker, Rick Vaive. (Jim McKenny, Ron Ellis and Johnny Bower will participate as well.)


Chris Osgood, Mike Vernon, Dino Ciccarelli, Alex Delvecchio, Ted Lindsay, Joe Kocur, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty, Mickey Redmond, John Ogrodnick, Larry Murphy, Mark Howe, Luc Robitaille.

The Detroit team will be coached by Hockey Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman.

The Alumni Showdown(s) will be played at Comerica on Dec. 31. They will be the culmination of the two-week long Winter Festival, which includes amateur games, open skates, the Great Lakes Invitational (featuring Michigan, Michigan State, Western Michigan and Michigan Tech), an Ontario Hockey League doubleheader (featuring Windsor, Saginaw, Plymouth and London) and an AHL game between the affiliates of the Wings and Leafs — the Grand Rapids Griffins and Toronto Marlies.

Sittler on Gagner’s eight-point night: “It’s magical”

Sam Gagner

Few people are qualified to speak about what it’s like to score eight points in an NHL game.

One such person is Hockey Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler, who put up not just eight, but 10 points against Boston in 1976. As such, it was no surprise when the Associated Press tracked down Sittler to get his thoughts on Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, who registered four goals and four assists in a 8-4 win over Chicago on Thursday.

“[Gagner’s] been struggling a little bit this season — I don’t know if he’s had injuries or what it is — but he certainly put up the points last night,” Sittler said, trying to explain how it feels to put up such huge numbers. “Everything falls into place. Every shot you take pretty well goes in or you make a pass and the guy completes it.

“It’s magical those types of nights. They don’t happen very often.”

Gagner is now just the 11th player in NHL history to accomplish this task and the first in 23 years. (He also joins Mario Lemieux as the only player in NHL history whose eight points figured into all of his team’s goals.) In terms of Oilers records, he joins Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey as the only players to score eight points in a game — and as expected, the 22-year-old was a tad overwhelmed at being in the same conversation of hockey royalty.

“I didn’t think I would ever be mentioned in the same breath as Gretzky or Coffey,” said the 22-year-old Gagner. “You never expect to do something like this.”

“It’s a great lesson to never set limits,” he added. “The great players who played here never did that. It was just one of those games where everything went in and just a great feeling.”

As for Sittler, he’s proud his record is still standing almost 40 years later — though Gagner’s outburst was a bit of a reminder that it could fall at any time.

“If the stars are aligned right and everything is working, it might happen someday,” Sittler said. “I’m glad to have done it in a Leafs uniform and I’m proud to have held the record for as long as I have so far.

“If it happens to somebody, I’d be happy for them. But, hey, am I glad to hold the record and would like to continue holding it? Sure, definitely.”

Leafs release new third sweater


What do you do when everyone is releasing third jerseys to increase revenue, but you own a traditional brand that has withstood the test of time. You release a throwback jersey, of course! Toronto released the third sweaters at a press conference on Friday. The new alternate sweaters were the Leafs wore between 1967-1970.

Nothing like rolling out former Leafs captains Wendel Clark and Darryl Sittler to help model the new jerseys. Those two could wear Senators jerseys on Carlton St. in downtown Toronto and still get cheered as they walked down the street.  Still, the former captains joined current Leafs Dion Phaneuf and Colby Armstrong to show off the new look for fans and media.  The Maple Leafs’ official site describes the new threads in painstaking detail (for the link for pictures of the jersey):

“First introduced at the start of the 1967 NHL playoffs, the Maple Leafs captured the Stanley Cup that spring and went on to wear it for the following three campaigns. Some of the attributes of the sweater include; a solid, snow white, wool-felt, 11-point Maple Leaf crest similar to the Maple Leaf on the Canadian Flag as the country celebrated its centennial year in 1967, felt fabric numbers and lettering, one set of thin-wide-thin stripes adorning the waist and both elbows, no shoulder patches, and a six-eyelet lace at the front of the neck. Pants adorned with a new white vertical stripe along the sides will also be worn by the hockey club for games in which the third sweater will be used.”

The Leafs will wear their new/old jersey fourteen times this season beginning with their first game of the season on October 6 against the rival Montreal Canadiens. Interestingly, Toronto will wear the dark alternates five times on the road—meaning fans of home teams wearing their white jersey will get their wish a few times this season. They’ll wear them twice against the Rangers, Senators, Sabres, and Bruins. In fact, they’ll wear their old-time jerseys against each of the other five teams that make up the Original Six at some point this season. Here’s the full schedule of games the Maple Leafs will wear the new jerseys this season:

October 6 vs. Montreal

October 29 vs. Pittsburgh

November 5 vs. Boston

November 12 vs. Ottawa

November 19 vs. Washington

December 3 at Boston

December 5 at New York Rangers

December 17 vs. Vancouver

January 7 vs. Detroit

January 13 at Buffalo

February 4 at Ottawa

February 29 at Chicago

March 24 vs. New York Rangers

March 31 vs. Buffalo

What say you? Do you like the new/old alternates? Do you think the Leafs could have done better? Or could you not care less? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Video: Tyler Bozak becomes second Maple Leaf ever to score 3-on-5 goal

Tyler Bozak, Martin Brodeur

When you accomplish something that puts you a group that only includes NHL great Darryl Sittler, there’s a chance you did something special. Tyler Bozak became only the second player in Toronto Maple Leafs history to score a shorthanded goal while his team was killing a 5-on-3 power play tonight.

Sittler scored his goal in a 9-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on March 19, 1980.

Sure, it’s not as special as tying the all-time record for points in a single game – Sittler scored six goals and four assists for 10 points in a 1976 game against the Boston Bruins – but it’s still a pretty awesome feat.

In a weird way, I couldn’t help but think that this probably wouldn’t happen if the New Jersey Devils were still in the playoff race. Either way, this is the kind of thing might make Jacques Lemaire want to retire to a resort island rather than coach professional hockey for another season.

Either way, congrats to Bozak on a rare goal. You can check it out in the video below.