During the NHL’s hiatus, we at the Last Word on Hockey are going to look back at each date’s historical significance to the game. We’ll remember the moments that shaped the sport of hockey that happened on this day. Here’s our look at this date in hockey history for April 3rd, featuring Darryl Sittler.
Today in Hockey History
Darryl Sittler Gets 100 Points for Leafs
1976: The Toronto Maple Leafs forward is the first to 100 points in team history after a second-period assist. Toronto got a goal from Sittler in the first period for his 99th point. Sittler would assist on a power-play marker by Errol Thompson to reach the milestone in a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
The Leafs are the last of the “Original Six” teams to get a 100-point scorer. Sittler gets to his 100th point just two months shy of his 10-point game on Feb. 7.
Other Notable Events
1933: Ken Doraty scores at 104:46 overtime to give the Leafs a 1-0 win over the Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinal. It was the longest game to date until March 24-25 game between the Montreal Maroons and Detroit Red Wings. Lorne Chabot would get his fourth playoff shutout for Toronto.
1966: Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks gets an assist to break the record for most points in a season. Hull nets an assist in a 4-2 loss to the Bruins to eclipse Dickie Moore‘s record with his 97th point.
1971: Bobby Orr assists on three goals to be the first NHL player with 100 assists in Boston’s 8-3 win over Toronto.
1977: It’s a historic night for the Montreal Canaidens as Steve Shutt gets his 60th goal, which is the most for a left win. Guy Lafleur sets a franchise record for points with 136 and team gets a record 132 points. Montreal would beat the Washington Capitals, 2-1.
1989: Hakan Loob of the Calgary Flames is the first Swedish player to 50 goals in a season. Calgary would get a 3-1 win over the Minnesota North Stars. Loob would get a late power-play goal to get the record.
2018: Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets scores his 44th goal of the season in 5-4 victory over the Canadiens. He is the third teenager to score 80 goals as he joins Jimmy Carson (92) and Dale Hawerchuk (85).
Happy Birthday to You
1914: Ray Getliffe
1945: Bernie Parent
1967: Brent Gilchrist
1982: Deryk Engelland
1983: Stephen Weiss
1987: Steve Downie
1994: Vinnie Hinostroza