Darryl Sittler

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  1. markrander87

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    Just wanting to get some information regarding Sittlers style of play. How was he looked upon defensively?

    He led his team 8 years in a row in scoring and was an all star in the 76 Canada Cup.
    He never had a great supporting cast in Toronto and clashed with Gm Harrold Ballard. Does anybody have any information on why he butted heads with Ballard.

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    gifted88 Dante the poet

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    "any publicity is good publicity"

    I think Ballard ran his team like a ruthless dictator and tried to control everything down to players salaries. Sittlers increasing roll with the NHLPA drove the steak through the friendship I believe. Don't quote me on that as I wasn't even born when this happened.
     
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    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=sittler+ballard :sarcasm:

    Also from Ballard's wiki entry:

     
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    Thanks for the WIKI bio,

    Regarding the quoted, it was one part of a multi-part question. Im looking for all types of different info on Sittler, I feel he is very underrated.
     
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    http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=246288

    seems like you can get whatever you need from this thread
     
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    The problem with this is that he doesnt cite his quotes or say where he got the information. Very good read though.
     
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    Well first of all, Ballard wasnt "officially GM" he was the owner of the Leafs, though his running interference with Gregory, Stellick & Imlach was almost as legendary as his debauchery with Smythe Jr. through the late 50's to 72; then the handcuffs, jail; purporting he was able to order up steak dinners & "broads" delivered right to his cell. Total headcase.... Sittler's 2 way game was excellent btw, the straw that broke the Camels Back coming when Ballard brought back Caveman Punch Imlach; trading away best friend & linemate Lanny MacDonald; cutting the 'C' off of his jersey in protest over that, Roger Neilsons hiring/firing/re-hiring, conflicts over the NHLPA's negotiated rights to participate in a TV Show called Showdown & on & on. It was quite a few years before he was able to forgive & forget, something David Keon has yet to fully do when it comes to Toronto & the Leafs.
     
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    Awesome information thanks!

    Any link or source for the bolded or is from watching him as a fan?
     
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    Google "Sittler 10 Point Game" & you'll find a bunch of videos. He pulled a double Hat Trick against Boston one night; 3 Goals in the 2nd & another 3 in the 3rd period along with assists, a record that still stands to this day. He took over the Captaincy from Dave Keon in 73 (?) or 4, consistently scoring 30-40 goals + in most seasons. An excellent 2 way player, hard working, quiet & respected by all. A real gentleman. The last great Captain until Gilmour arrived in Toronto, all due respect to Vaive & Ramage. Just a shame he & all Torontonians had to suffer through the indignities wrought by Ballard not only with the team & personnel but so too with the absolute evil that went on behind closed doors at Maple Leaf Gardens throughout his rein of terror & error.
     
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    As a Leaf fan who watched every possible game during his career I find myself measuring every Leaf team by the starting 6 of that era.

    Only Gilmour comes close to Sittler as a captain after all these years. No disrespect to all the others but Sittler was a complete package. A local boy so to speak who was a Leaf's draft pick too which made it all extra special.

    Sittler's team made me proud to be a Leaf fan.

    Yes he's under rated.

    Trading Lanny was a disgrace but at least he got a cup.
     
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    Ditto on those sentiments. I became irretrievably cynical about the Leafs under Ballard throughout the 70's having grown up through that era & the 60's in Toronto. As mentioned earlier, all due respect to Vaive & Ramage but it really wasnt until Gilmours Captaincy that the team returned to any modicum of respectability, returning to moribund status thereafter which of course continues to this very day.
     
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    As a kid, my two favourite teams were the Habs and Leafs in that order. The day Sittler was traded was the straw that broke the camel's back. I haven't cheered for that franchise since then.

    Sittler was a very good two way center and leader and one of the best people I have ever met from the hockey world. Just a great guy and still my all-time favourite Leaf.
     
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    I think there must be an ocean of us out floating around rudderless who felt/feel the same way PPJ. I really lost interest in the Leafs & to a larger extent the NHL thereafter. A real tipping point for many. I too got to know him, and actually fairly well through business, flashes of anger & sadness apparent in his eyes whenever the subject of his departure, trials & tribulations with Ballard was broached. Class act.
     
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