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1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 3rd Adams
Conference 5th Prince of Wales
1978–79 record 34-33-13
Goals for 267
Goals against 252
General Manager Jim Gregory
Coach Roger Neilson
Captain Darryl Sittler
Alternate captains None
Arena Maple Leaf Gardens
Team Leaders
Goals Lanny McDonald (43)
Assists Darryl Sittler (51)
Points Darryl Sittler (87)
Penalties in minutes Tiger Williams (298)
Wins Mike Palmateer (26)
Goals against average Mike Palmateer (2.95)
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1977–78 1979–80

The 1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the sixty-second season of the Toronto NHL franchise, fifty-second as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs placed 3rd in the Adams Division and won the Preliminary round over the Atlanta Flames 2 games to 0 and lost in the Quarter-finals to the Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 0.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Draft Picks[edit | edit source]

# Player Nationality NHL Team College/Junior/Club Team
2 21 Joel Quenneville Flag of Canada Canada Windsor Spitfires (OMJHL)

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Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Boston Bruins 80 43 23 14 316 270 100
Buffalo Sabres 80 36 28 16 280 263 88
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 34 33 13 267 252 81
Minnesota North Stars 80 28 40 12 257 289 68

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W October 11, 1978 3–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 1–0–0
2 W October 14, 1978 10–7 New York Islanders (1978–79) 2–0–0
3 L October 15, 1978 2–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 2–1–0
4 W October 18, 1978 2–0 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 3–1–0
5 L October 19, 1978 0–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 3–2–0
6 W October 21, 1978 2–0 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 4–2–0
7 L October 22, 1978 2–5 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 4–3–0
8 T October 25, 1978 4–4 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 4–3–1
9 L October 26, 1978 0–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 4–4–1
10 L October 28, 1978 3–5 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 4–5–1
11 W November 1, 1978 4–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 5–5–1
12 W November 3, 1978 3–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 6–5–1
13 T November 4, 1978 4–4 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 6–5–2
14 W November 7, 1978 5–0 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 7–5–2
15 L November 8, 1978 1–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 7–6–2
16 L November 11, 1978 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 7–7–2
17 T November 15, 1978 2–2 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 7–7–3
18 W November 16, 1978 6–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 8–7–3
19 W November 18, 1978 3–1 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 9–7–3
20 W November 21, 1978 4–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 10–7–3
21 T November 22, 1978 3–3 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 10–7–4
22 L November 25, 1978 3–6 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 10–8–4
23 W November 26, 1978 8–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 11–8–4
24 W November 29, 1978 5–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 12–8–4
25 W December 2, 1978 5–2 New York Rangers (1978–79) 13–8–4
26 L December 3, 1978 2–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 13–9–4
27 L December 5, 1978 1–5 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 13–10–4
28 L December 6, 1978 4–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 13–11–4
29 L December 9, 1978 2–3 New York Islanders (1978–79) 13–12–4
30 L December 10, 1978 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 13–13–4
31 W December 13, 1978 5–1 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 14–13–4
32 W December 16, 1978 4–2 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 15–13–4
33 L December 17, 1978 6–7 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 15–14–4
34 W December 20, 1978 4–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 16–14–4
35 L December 22, 1978 1–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 16–15–4
36 W December 23, 1978 6–1 @ St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 17–15–4
37 L December 26, 1978 1–5 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 17–16–4
38 T December 27, 1978 1–1 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 17–16–5
39 T December 30, 1978 5–5 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 17–16–6
40 L January 3, 1979 1–4 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 17–17–6
41 L January 6, 1979 3–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 17–18–6
42 L January 8, 1979 1–5 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 17–19–6
43 T January 10, 1979 2–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 17–19–7
44 W January 13, 1979 4–2 Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 18–19–7
45 W January 16, 1979 3–2 @ Colorado Rockies (1978–79) 19–19–7
46 T January 19, 1979 3–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 19–19–8
47 W January 20, 1979 3–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 20–19–8
48 T January 24, 1979 2–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 20–19–9
49 L January 26, 1979 2–4 @ Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 20–20–9
50 T January 28, 1979 2–2 @ Washington Capitals (1978–79) 20–20–10
51 W January 31, 1979 5–1 St. Louis Blues (1978–79) 21–20–10
52 L February 3, 1979 3–6 Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 21–21–10
53 L February 4, 1979 4–6 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 21–22–10
54 W February 12, 1979 5–2 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 22–22–10
55 T February 14, 1979 2–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 22–22–11
56 W February 17, 1979 5–2 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 23–22–11
57 W February 19, 1979 6–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 24–22–11
58 L February 21, 1979 1–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 24–23–11
59 L February 24, 1979 2–4 New York Rangers (1978–79) 24–24–11
60 L February 26, 1979 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 24–25–11
61 L February 28, 1979 4–6 Atlanta Flames (1978–79) 24–26–11
62 L March 1, 1979 1–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1978–79) 24–27–11
63 W March 3, 1979 4–3 Philadelphia Flyers (1978–79) 25–27–11
64 W March 4, 1979 4–2 @ New York Rangers (1978–79) 26–27–11
65 W March 7, 1979 2–0 Vancouver Canucks (1978–79) 27–27–11
66 W March 10, 1979 9–4 Los Angeles Kings (1978–79) 28–27–11
67 W March 11, 1979 4–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1978–79) 29–27–11
68 L March 14, 1979 1–4 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 29–28–11
69 L March 15, 1979 2–6 @ New York Islanders (1978–79) 29–29–11
70 W March 17, 1979 6–4 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 30–29–11
71 L March 19, 1979 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 30–30–11
72 L March 21, 1979 2–4 Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 30–31–11
73 T March 24, 1979 3–3 Chicago Black Hawks (1978–79) 30–31–12
74 L March 25, 1979 1–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1978–79) 30–32–12
75 W March 28, 1979 6–2 Washington Capitals (1978–79) 31–32–12
76 W March 31, 1979 6–2 Minnesota North Stars (1978–79) 32–32–12
77 W April 1, 1979 6–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 33–32–12
78 T April 4, 1979 3–3 Boston Bruins (1978–79) 33–32–13
79 W April 7, 1979 6–2 Buffalo Sabres (1978–79) 34–32–13
80 L April 8, 1979 3–6 @ Boston Bruins (1978–79) 34–33–13

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Atlanta Flames 0[edit | edit source]

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 10 Toronto 2 Atlanta 1
April 12 Atlanta 4 Toronto 7

Montreal Canadiens 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0[edit | edit source]

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
April 16 Toronto 2 Montreal 5
April 18 Toronto 1 Montreal 5
April 21 Montreal 4 Toronto 3 (OT)
April 22 Montreal 5 Toronto 4 (OT)

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 70 36 51 87 69 9 12 0 4
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 79 43 42 85 32 12 16 0 2
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 78 17 56 73 76 36 4 0 2
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 80 12 51 63 80 -7 4 0 0
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 79 25 36 61 18 21 7 1 6
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 77 17 36 53 157 19 0 0 5
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 77 19 20 39 298 -7 6 0 4
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 80 14 19 33 136 3 0 0 2
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 63 16 12 28 10 7 4 0 1
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 71 15 11 26 10 2 0 0 2
Hutchison, DaveDave Hutchison D 79 4 15 19 235 36 0 0 0
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones RW 69 9 9 18 45 2 0 0 0
Wilson, RonRon Wilson D 46 5 12 17 4 -10 4 0 0
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 76 8 7 15 52 -2 0 2 2
Burrows, DaveDave Burrows D 65 2 11 13 28 -10 0 0 0
Monahan, GarryGarry Monahan LW 62 4 7 11 25 4 0 2 0
Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville D 61 2 9 11 60 7 0 0 1
Gardner, PaulPaul Gardner C 11 7 2 9 0 0 2 0 1
Saganiuk, RockyRocky Saganiuk RW/C 16 3 5 8 9 1 1 0 1
Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau C 26 4 3 7 2 -3 0 0 0
Stamler, LorneLorne Stamler LW 45 4 3 7 2 -6 0 0 1
Johansen, TrevorTrevor Johansen D 40 1 4 5 48 1 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 58 0 5 5 24 0 0 0 0
Ashby, DonDon Ashby C 3 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison G 25 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 3396 58 26 21 10 167 2.95 4
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison 1403 25 8 12 3 82 3.51 1
Hamel, PierrePierre Hamel 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0
Team: 4800 80 34 33 13 249 3.11 5

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 6 5 4 9 17 2 0 0
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 6 4 3 7 7 0 1 1
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 6 3 3 6 2 1 0 1
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 6 3 2 5 0 0 0 0
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 6 2 2 4 22 0 0 0
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 6 0 4 4 27 0 0 0
Hutchison, DaveDave Hutchison D 6 0 3 3 23 0 0 0
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 6 1 1 2 2 0 0 0
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Saganiuk, RockyRocky Saganiuk RW/C 3 1 0 1 5 0 0 0
Burrows, DaveDave Burrows D 6 0 1 1 7 0 0 0
Gardner, PaulPaul Gardner C 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville D 6 0 1 1 4 0 0 0
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 6 0 1 1 8 0 0 0
Wilson, RonRon Wilson D 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones RW 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 6 0 0 0 48 0 0 0
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 6 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 5 0 0 0 6 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 298 5 2 3 17 3.42 0
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison 91 2 0 1 7 4.62 0
Team: 389 6 2 4 24 3.70 0

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Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes; PPG=Power-play goals; SHG=Short-handed goals; GWG=Game-winning goals

MIN=Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SO = Shutouts

Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Maple Leafs were involved in the following transactions during the 1978-79 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

September 13, 1978 To Vancouver Canucks
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Garry Monahan
October 5, 1978 To Minnesota North Stars
3rd round pick in 1980 - Randy Velischek
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Walt McKechnie
October 19, 1978 To Colorado Rockies
Jack Valiquette
To Toronto Maple Leafs
2nd round pick in 1981 - Gary Yaremchuk
March 13, 1979 To Colorado Rockies
Don Ashby
Trevor Johansen
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Paul Gardner

Waivers[edit | edit source]

July 4, 1979 To Edmonton Oilers
Stan Weir

Expansion Draft[edit | edit source]

June 13, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Jordy Douglas
June 13, 1979 To Winnipeg Jets
Pierre Hamel
June 13, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Kevin Kemp
June 13, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Rick Ley

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1978e.html
  2. 1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-21.
  3. 1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
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