Hockey

Leafs to honour Darryl Sittler

Almost 27 years to the day after he scored an astonishing 10 points in a single game, a certain No. 27 will join a select group.

Retired Toronto Maple Leafs' star Darryl Sittler, who scored six goals and added four assists against the Boston Bruins at Maple Leaf Gardens on Feb. 7, 1976, will have his name and number raised to the rafters at the Air Canada Centre this Saturday.

"It's the highest honour you can receive from an organization you played for," said Sittler.

"To have my name on that banner hanging from the rafters will be very special."

Sittler, whose single-game points record still stands, will be the 12th player to have his name and number recognized by the Leafs. Bill Barilko (5) and Ace Bailey (6) have had the their numbers retired while Turk Broda and Johnny Bower (1), King Clancy and Tim Horton (7), Charlie Conacher and Ted Kennedy (9), Syl Apps and George Armstrong (10) and Frank Mahovlich (27) are all honoured players.

Sittler was supposed to have been honoured together with Mahovolich on Oct. 2, 2001 the start of the Leafs' 75th anniversary season. But his wife Wendy was ailing with colon cancer and the former Leafs captain asked that his ceremony be delayed. Wendy died three days later.

Sittler, who works for the Leafs' community and alumni relations department, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1989. He scored 484 goals and added 637 assists in 1,096 NHL games.

with files from CP Online

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