This Day In Sports History (February 7th) — Darryl Sittler
It was on this day in 1976 that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Darryl Sittler set an NHL record by recording ten points in a single game. He broke the previous record of eight, which was held by both Maurice Richard and Bert Olmstead.
Playing against the Boston Bruins, Sittler scored an amazing six goals and added four assists en route to the 11-4 victory. Bruins’ rookie goalie Dave Reece would be on the wrong end of those 11 goals against. Sittler’s record still stands to this day, as a total of eight points in a single game has been reached on 12 more occasions, with Sam Gagner of the Edmonton Oilers being the last to do so on February 2, 2012.
With teams rarely scoring 10 goals in the current NHL, it is fair to say that Sittler’s record isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Here is Don Cherry explaining what happened during Sittler’s record-breaking night.
Steven Stamkos, NHL – Born February 7, 1990 (age 24) in Markham, Ontario
Matthew Stafford, NFL – Born February 7, 1988 (age 26) in Tampa, Florida
Steve Nash, NBA – Born February 7, 1974 (age 40) in Johannesburg, South Africa