1975–76 Toronto Maple Leafs season

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1975–76 Toronto Maple Leafs
Division 3rd Adams
Conference 5th Wales
1975–76 record 34–31–5
Goals for 294
Goals against 276
Team information
General Manager Jim Gregory
Coach Red Kelly
Captain Darryl Sittler
Alternate captains None
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team leaders
Goals Errol Thompson (43)
Assists Darryl Sittler (59)
Points Darryl Sittler (100)
Penalties in minutes Tiger Williams (299)
Wins Wayne Thomas (28)
Goals against average Wayne Thomas (3.19)

The 1975–76 Toronto Maple Leafs season saw the Maple Leafs finish in third place in the Adams Division with a record of 34 wins, 31 losses, and 15 ties for 83 points. They defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins two games to one in the Preliminary Round before losing the Quarter-Finals in seven games to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Offseason[edit]

NHL Draft[edit]

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 6 Don Ashby (C)  Canada Calgary Centennials (WCHL)

Regular season[edit]

Sittler's Ten Point Night[edit]

  • February 7, 1976 – In his first season as captain Darryl Sittler set the NHL record for most points scored in one game when he recorded ten points (six goals, four assists) against the Boston Bruins. At the 9:27 mark of the third period, he scored a goal and earned the ninth point of the game, breaking the NHL record for most points in a game. He would go on to earn another point to set a new record with 10 points in a game. Almost 40 years later, this record still stands. Sittler finished the season with 41 goals and 59 assists, being the first Leaf ever to reach the 100-point mark.

Season standings[edit]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 80 48 15 17 313 237 113
Buffalo Sabres 80 46 21 13 339 240 105
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 34 31 15 294 276 83
California Golden Seals 80 27 42 11 250 278 65

[1]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1975 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 1–0–0
2 L October 12, 1975 3–8 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 1–1–0
3 L October 15, 1975 4–8 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 1–2–0
4 W October 18, 1975 4–1 New York Rangers (1975–76) 2–2–0
5 L October 19, 1975 0–3 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 2–3–0
6 W October 22, 1975 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 3–3–0
7 W October 24, 1975 6–3 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 4–3–0
8 T October 25, 1975 2–2 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 4–3–1
9 W October 29, 1975 3–2 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 5–3–1
10 L October 30, 1975 2–6 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 5–4–1
11 W November 1, 1975 3–0 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 6–4–1
12 W November 5, 1975 7–3 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 7–4–1
13 T November 7, 1975 3–3 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 7–4–2
14 T November 8, 1975 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 7–4–3
15 L November 11, 1975 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 7–5–3
16 W November 14, 1975 4–2 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 8–5–3
17 T November 15, 1975 1–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 8–5–4
18 W November 18, 1975 4–2 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 9–5–4
19 L November 22, 1975 2–4 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 9–6–4
20 T November 23, 1975 3–3 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 9–6–5
21 T November 26, 1975 4–4 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 9–6–6
22 L November 28, 1975 3–6 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 9–7–6
23 T November 29, 1975 1–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 9–7–7
24 L December 3, 1975 1–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 9–8–7
25 L December 6, 1975 2–4 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 9–9–7
26 L December 7, 1975 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 9–10–7
27 T December 10, 1975 3–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 9–10–8
28 L December 13, 1975 3–5 New York Islanders (1975–76) 9–11–8
29 W December 14, 1975 6–1 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 10–11–8
30 W December 17, 1975 6–2 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 11–11–8
31 L December 18, 1975 2–4 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 11–12–8
32 W December 20, 1975 5–1 Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 12–12–8
33 W December 22, 1975 4–3 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 13–12–8
34 L December 27, 1975 1–4 Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 13–13–8
35 W December 29, 1975 6–2 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 14–13–8
36 W January 1, 1976 5–1 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 15–13–8
37 L January 3, 1976 0–1 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 15–14–8
38 W January 4, 1976 8–6 @ New York Rangers (1975–76) 16–14–8
39 L January 7, 1976 3–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 16–15–8
40 W January 8, 1976 5–3 @ New York Islanders (1975–76) 17–15–8
41 W January 10, 1976 4–3 Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 18–15–8
42 L January 11, 1976 0–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 18–16–8
43 W January 14, 1976 6–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 19–16–8
44 W January 15, 1976 6–4 @ Kansas City Scouts (1975–76) 20–16–8
45 T January 17, 1976 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 20–16–9
46 L January 22, 1976 3–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 20–17–9
47 T January 24, 1976 5–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 20–17–10
48 L January 25, 1976 3–5 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 20–18–10
49 L January 28, 1976 2–3 New York Islanders (1975–76) 20–19–10
50 W January 31, 1976 6–4 New York Rangers (1975–76) 21–19–10
51 L February 1, 1976 1–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 21–20–10
52 T February 4, 1976 4–4 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 21–20–11
53 W February 7, 1976 11–4 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 22–20–11
54 W February 8, 1976 4–1 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 23–20–11
55 L February 11, 1976 2–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 23–21–11
56 L February 14, 1976 3–4 Vancouver Canucks (1975–76) 23–22–11
57 W February 16, 1976 5–1 @ Washington Capitals (1975–76) 24–22–11
58 L February 18, 1976 5–7 Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 24–23–11
59 L February 19, 1976 5–7 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 24–24–11
60 W February 21, 1976 6–4 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 25–24–11
61 W February 23, 1976 7–1 Atlanta Flames (1975–76) 26–24–11
62 W February 25, 1976 8–0 Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 27–24–11
63 L February 26, 1976 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 27–25–11
64 W February 28, 1976 4–2 California Golden Seals (1975–76) 28–25–11
65 W March 1, 1976 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1975–76) 29–25–11
66 W March 3, 1976 4–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 30–25–11
67 W March 6, 1976 4–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1975–76) 31–25–11
68 T March 7, 1976 7–7 @ California Golden Seals (1975–76) 31–25–12
69 T March 10, 1976 2–2 St. Louis Blues (1975–76) 31–25–13
70 L March 11, 1976 2–6 @ Boston Bruins (1975–76) 31–26–13
71 T March 13, 1976 2–2 New York Islanders (1975–76) 31–26–14
72 L March 17, 1976 5–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1975–76) 31–27–14
73 W March 20, 1976 7–3 Washington Capitals (1975–76) 32–27–14
74 L March 21, 1976 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1975–76) 32–28–14
75 W March 24, 1976 2–1 @ Montreal Canadiens (1975–76) 33–28–14
76 L March 27, 1976 2–4 Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 33–29–14
77 W March 29, 1976 5–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1975–76) 34–29–14
78 T March 31, 1976 4–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1975–76) 34–29–15
79 L April 3, 1976 2–4 Boston Bruins (1975–76) 34–30–15
80 L April 4, 1976 2–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1975–76) 34–31–15

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 79 41 59 100 90 12 11 1 2
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 75 37 56 93 70 24 6 5 4
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 75 43 37 80 26 28 13 1 7
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 78 16 41 57 70 33 8 0 1
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 76 20 36 56 90 24 7 1 3
Weir, StanStan Weir C 64 19 32 51 22 10 5 0 3
Ferguson, GeorgeGeorge Ferguson C 79 12 32 44 76 11 3 2 2
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 78 21 19 40 299 -1 3 0 3
Hammarstrom, IngeInge Hammarstrom LW 76 19 21 40 21 0 1 0 5
Valiquette, JackJack Valiquette C 45 10 23 33 30 -8 1 1 1
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 77 10 22 32 140 -1 2 0 2
McKenny, JimJim McKenny D 46 10 19 29 19 -7 4 0 0
Neely, BobBob Neely LW 69 9 13 22 89 -15 0 0 0
Ashby, DonDon Ashby C 50 6 15 21 10 5 1 0 0
Seiling, RodRod Seiling D 77 3 16 19 46 11 0 0 0
Stoughton, BlaineBlaine Stoughton RW 43 6 11 17 8 -2 1 0 0
Hubick, GregGreg Hubick D 72 6 8 14 10 0 0 0 1
Alexander, ClaireClaire Alexander D 33 2 6 8 6 0 0 0 0
Dunn, DaveDave Dunn D 43 0 8 8 84 -5 0 0 0
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie D 69 0 8 8 75 10 0 0 0
Garland, ScottScott Garland C 16 4 3 7 8 0 1 0 0
Favell, DougDoug Favell G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
McRae, GordGord McRae G 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 64 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0
Walker, KurtKurt Walker D 5 0 0 0 49 -2 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 3684 64 28 24 12 196 3.19 2
McRae, GordGord McRae 956 20 6 5 2 59 3.70 0
Favell, DougDoug Favell 160 3 0 2 1 15 5.63 0
Team: 4800 80 34 31 15 270 3.38 2

Playoffs[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 10 5 7 12 19 2 0 1
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 10 2 9 11 29 1 0 0
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 10 4 4 8 4 2 0 1
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 10 3 4 7 9 1 0 0
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson LW 10 3 3 6 0 2 1 0
Alexander, ClaireClaire Alexander D 9 2 4 6 4 1 0 0
Ferguson, GeorgeGeorge Ferguson C 10 2 4 6 2 0 0 1
McKenny, JimJim McKenny D 6 2 3 5 2 1 0 1
Valiquette, JackJack Valiquette C 10 2 3 5 2 0 0 0
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 10 1 4 5 16 0 0 0
Neely, BobBob Neely LW 10 3 1 4 7 2 0 0
Weir, StanStan Weir C 9 1 3 4 0 1 0 1
Garland, ScottScott Garland C 7 1 2 3 35 1 0 0
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie D 6 0 1 1 15 0 0 0
Seiling, RodRod Seiling D 10 0 1 1 6 0 0 0
Dunn, DaveDave Dunn D 3 0 0 0 17 0 0 0
McRae, GordGord McRae G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Walker, KurtKurt Walker D 6 0 0 0 24 0 0 0
Warner, BobBob Warner D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 10 0 0 0 75 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Thomas, WayneWayne Thomas 587 10 5 5 34 3.48 1
McRae, GordGord McRae 13 1 0 0 1 4.62 0
Team: 600 10 5 5 35 3.50 1

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

The Maple Leafs have been involved in the following transactions during the 1975-76 season.

Trades[edit]

June 17, 1975 To Montreal Canadiens
1st round pick in 1976 - Peter Lee
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Wayne Thomas
June 20, 1975 To California Golden Seals
Gary Sabourin
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Stan Weir
June 26, 1975 To Montreal Canadiens
Doug Jarvis
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Greg Hubick
September 1, 1975 To Los Angeles Kings
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Tom Cassidy
June 1, 1976 To Cincinnati Stingers (WHA)
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Mike Pelyk
Randy Carlyle

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team
Bob Warner Undrafted free agent
Kurt Walker Undrafted free agent

Playoffs[edit]

  • Darryl Sittler tied the playoff record for most goals in one game, with five against Philadelphia.

Awards and records[edit]

Roster[edit]

1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 151. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1975-76 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-11.