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1970–71 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 4th East
1970–71 record 37–33–8
Goals for 248
Goals against 211
General Manager Jim Gregory
Coach John McLellan
Captain Dave Keon
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Dave Keon (38)
Assists Norm Ullman (51)
Points Norm Ullman (85)
Penalties in minutes Jim Dorey (198)
Wins Jacques Plante (24)
Goals against average Jacques Plante (1.88)
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1969–70 1971–72

The 1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs season was Toronto's 54th season in the NHL. The Maple Leafs finished 4th in the East Division and lost in the Quarter-finals to the New York Rangers 4 games to 2.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

NHL Draft[edit | edit source]

= NHL All-Star = Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 8. Darryl Sittler Flag of Canada Canada London Knights (OHA)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

In February, the Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers swung a large trade. Toronto picked up Bernie Parent and a second-round draft choice for Bruce Gamble, Mike Walton and a first-round draft choice.

Norm Ullman ranked sixth in the league in the scoring with 85 points.[1]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

East Division GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Boston Bruins 78 57 14 7 121 399 207 1154
New York Rangers 78 49 18 11 109 259 177 952
Montreal Canadiens 78 42 23 13 97 291 216 1271
Toronto Maple Leafs 78 37 33 8 82 248 211 1133
Buffalo Sabres 78 24 39 15 63 217 291 1188
Vancouver Canucks 78 24 46 8 56 229 296 1371
Detroit Red Wings 78 22 45 11 55 209 308 988

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Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 11, 1970 3–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 0–1–0
2 W October 14, 1970 7–3 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 1–1–0
3 L October 17, 1970 2–6 New York Rangers (1970–71) 1–2–0
4 L October 18, 1970 2–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 1–3–0
5 L October 21, 1970 2–3 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 1–4–0
6 L October 24, 1970 0–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 1–5–0
7 W October 28, 1970 6–2 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 2–5–0
8 L October 31, 1970 1–3 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 2–6–0
9 W November 1, 1970 5–4 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 3–6–0
10 L November 4, 1970 2–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 3–7–0
11 L November 6, 1970 4–8 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 3–8–0
12 L November 7, 1970 2–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 3–9–0
13 L November 11, 1970 2–4 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 3–10–0
14 W November 14, 1970 3–2 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 4–10–0
15 L November 15, 1970 2–4 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 4–11–0
16 L November 18, 1970 2–7 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 4–12–0
17 L November 19, 1970 1–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 4–13–0
18 W November 21, 1970 5–3 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 5–13–0
19 T November 24, 1970 4–4 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 5–13–1
20 L November 26, 1970 0–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 5–14–1
21 W November 28, 1970 9–4 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 6–14–1
22 L November 29, 1970 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 6–15–1
23 W December 2, 1970 7–0 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 7–15–1
24 L December 5, 1970 0–1 New York Rangers (1970–71) 7–16–1
25 L December 6, 1970 2–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 7–17–1
26 L December 8, 1970 0–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 7–18–1
27 W December 9, 1970 4–0 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 8–18–1
28 W December 12, 1970 2–1 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 9–18–1
29 W December 13, 1970 4–0 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 10–18–1
30 W December 16, 1970 4–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 11–18–1
31 W December 19, 1970 2–0 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 12–18–1
32 W December 20, 1970 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 13–18–1
33 W December 23, 1970 7–2 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 14–18–1
34 L December 25, 1970 3–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 14–19–1
35 W December 26, 1970 9–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 15–19–1
36 W December 30, 1970 3–1 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 16–19–1
37 W January 2, 1971 13–0 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 17–19–1
38 W January 5, 1971 2–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 18–19–1
39 T January 6, 1971 4–4 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 18–19–2
40 W January 9, 1971 5–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 19–19–2
41 W January 10, 1971 3–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 20–19–2
42 T January 13, 1971 1–1 California Golden Seals (1970–71) 20–19–3
43 L January 14, 1971 0–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 20–20–3
44 W January 16, 1971 8–1 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 21–20–3
45 L January 17, 1971 1–9 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 21–21–3
46 W January 20, 1971 5–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 22–21–3
47 L January 22, 1971 2–5 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 22–22–3
48 L January 23, 1971 2–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 22–23–3
49 L January 27, 1971 1–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 22–24–3
50 W January 30, 1971 5–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 23–24–3
51 W February 3, 1971 6–2 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 24–24–3
52 W February 6, 1971 4–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 25–24–3
53 W February 7, 1971 4–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 26–24–3
54 T February 9, 1971 3–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 26–24–4
55 W February 10, 1971 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 27–24–4
56 W February 13, 1971 8–1 Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 28–24–4
57 L February 14, 1971 1–5 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 28–25–4
58 W February 17, 1971 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1970–71) 29–25–4
59 W February 20, 1971 3–1 St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 30–25–4
60 W February 21, 1971 4–1 @ Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 31–25–4
61 T February 25, 1971 1–1 Minnesota North Stars (1970–71) 31–25–5
62 W February 27, 1971 2–0 Buffalo Sabres (1970–71) 32–25–5
63 L February 28, 1971 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1970–71) 32–26–5
64 W March 3, 1971 3–1 Vancouver Canucks (1970–71) 33–26–5
65 L March 5, 1971 1–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1970–71) 33–27–5
66 T March 6, 1971 2–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 33–27–6
67 W March 10, 1971 2–1 Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 34–27–6
68 L March 13, 1971 2–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 34–28–6
69 L March 14, 1971 0–1 @ New York Rangers (1970–71) 34–29–6
70 L March 18, 1971 1–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1970–71) 34–30–6
71 W March 20, 1971 3–1 New York Rangers (1970–71) 35–30–6
72 T March 21, 1971 1–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1970–71) 35–30–7
73 W March 24, 1971 6–0 @ California Golden Seals (1970–71) 36–30–7
74 L March 25, 1971 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1970–71) 36–31–7
75 L March 28, 1971 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 36–32–7
76 T March 31, 1971 2–2 Detroit Red Wings (1970–71) 36–32–8
77 L April 3, 1971 3–8 Boston Bruins (1970–71) 36–33–8
78 W April 4, 1971 3–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1970–71) 37–33–8

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

New York Rangers 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2[edit | edit source]

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman 73 34 51 85 24
Keon, DaveDave Keon 76 38 38 76 4
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson 72 30 30 60 34
Ellis, RonRon Ellis 78 24 29 53 10
MacMillan, BillyBilly MacMillan 76 22 19 41 42
Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan 78 15 22 37 79
Harrison, JimJim Harrison 78 13 20 33 108
McKenny, JimJim McKenny 68 4 26 30 42
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 74 7 22 29 198
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk 73 5 21 26 54
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong 59 7 18 25 6
Trottier, GuyGuy Trottier 61 19 5 24 21
Spencer, BrianBrian Spencer 50 9 15 24 115
Ley, RickRick Ley 76 4 16 20 151
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler 49 10 8 18 37
Baun, BobBob Baun 58 1 17 18 123
Walton, MikeMike Walton 23 3 10 13 21
Selwood, BradBrad Selwood 28 2 10 12 13
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie 54 0 8 8 31
Dupere, DenisDenis Dupere 20 1 2 3 4
Liddington, BobBob Liddington 11 0 1 1 2
Selby, BritBrit Selby 11 0 1 1 6
Thompson, ErrolErrol Thompson 1 0 0 0 0
Marchinko, BrianBrian Marchinko 2 0 0 0 0
McLachlan, MurrayMurray McLachlan 2 0 0 0 0
Brindley, DougDoug Brindley 3 0 0 0 0
Murray, KenKen Murray 4 0 0 0 0
Robert, ReneRene Robert 5 0 0 0 0
Parent, BernieBernie Parent 18 0 0 0 0
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 23 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 40 0 0 0 2
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 2329 40 24 11 4 73 1.88 4
Parent, BernieBernie Parent 1040 18 7 7 3 46 2.65 0
Gamble, BruceBruce Gamble 1286 23 6 14 1 83 3.87 2
McLachlan, MurrayMurray McLachlan 25 2 0 1 0 4 9.60 0
Team: 4680 78 37 33 8 206 2.64 6

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player GP G A Pts PIM
Henderson, PaulPaul Henderson 6 5 1 6 4
Keon, DaveDave Keon 6 3 2 5 0
McKenny, JimJim McKenny 6 2 1 3 2
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler 6 2 1 3 31
MacMillan, BillyBilly MacMillan 6 0 3 3 2
Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan 6 2 0 2 2
Ellis, RonRon Ellis 6 1 1 2 2
Armstrong, GeorgeGeorge Armstrong 6 0 2 2 0
Ley, RickRick Ley 6 0 2 2 4
Ullman, NormNorm Ullman 6 0 2 2 2
Baun, BobBob Baun 6 0 1 1 19
Dorey, JimJim Dorey 6 0 1 1 19
Harrison, JimJim Harrison 6 0 1 1 33
Spencer, BrianBrian Spencer 6 0 1 1 17
Glennie, BrianBrian Glennie 3 0 0 0 0
Trottier, GuyGuy Trottier 5 0 0 0 0
Pelyk, MikeMike Pelyk 6 0 0 0 10
Dupere, DenisDenis Dupere 6 0 0 0 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 3 0 0 0 0
Parent, BernieBernie Parent 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
Parent, BernieBernie Parent 235 4 2 2 9 2.30 0
Plante, JacquesJacques Plante 134 3 0 2 7 3.13 0
Team: 369 6 2 4 16 2.60 0

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Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Maple Leafs were involved in the following transactions during the 1970-71 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

August 1, 1970 To Vancouver Canucks
Andre Hinse
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Pat Hannigan
Ted McCaskill
August 31, 1970 To Buffalo Sabres
Brent Imlach
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
September 1, 1970 To Vancouver Canucks
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Loan of Andre Hinse
September 2, 1970 To Buffalo Sabres
Floyd Smith
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
September 3, 1970 To Los Angeles Kings
Bob Pulford
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Garry Monahan
Brian Murphy
November 13, 1970 To St. Louis Blues
Brit Selby
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Bob Baun
December 23, 1970 To Montreal Canadiens
Terry Clancy
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Cash
January 31, 1971 To Philadelphia Flyers
Mike Walton
Bruce Gamble
1st round pick in 1971 - Pierre Plante
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Bernie Parent
2nd round pick in 1971 - Rick Kehoe
February 1, 1971 To Los Angeles Kings
Norm Armstrong
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Don Westbrooke
June 10, 1971 To Boston Bruins
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
7th round pick in 1971 - Steve Johnson

Intra-League Draft[edit | edit source]

June 8, 1971 To Buffalo Sabres
Rene Robert
June 8, 1971 To California Golden Seals
Frank Hughes
June 8, 1971 To Buffalo Sabres
Ken Murray
June 8, 1971 From Buffalo Sabres
Don Marshall

Free Agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former Team
Murray McLachlan Undrafted Free Agent
Player New Team
Brian Murphy Springfield Kings (AHL)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Leafs-Rangers game from October 17, 1970.

Video of the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 over the Maple Leafs on November 7, 1970.

The first half of the Bruins-Leafs game on November 14, 1970.

The second half of the Bruins-Leafs game on November 14, 1970.

Film of the Sabres inaugural season including the 1970 NHL Expansion Draft and 1970 NHL Amateur Draft and many interviews. Footage of the Sabres first exhibition game (against the Rangers), a game versus Montreal, Toronto on November 18, 1970 (featuring Leafs goalie Murray McLachlan in one of his two NHL games), Detroit on February 20, 1971, Boston on February 23, Chicago on March 5, St. Louis on March 18 (Gilbert Perreault breaks the record for most goals by a rookie), Vancouver on March 26, 1971.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p.162, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
  2. 1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-27.
  3. National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 221, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5
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