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1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs · NHL
Division 4th Adams
Conference 5th Prince of Wales
1979–80 record 35-40-5
Goals for 304
Goals against 327
General Manager Punch Imlach
Coach Floyd Smith
Captain Darryl Sittler (Oct-Dec)
vacant (Dec-Apr)
Team Leaders
Goals Darryl Sittler (40)
Assists Darryl Sittler (57)
Points Darryl Sittler (97)
Penalties in minutes Tiger Williams (197)
Wins Mike Palmateer (16)
Goals against average Jiri Crha (3.61)
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1978–79 1980–81

The 1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs season was the Toronto Maple Leafs' 62nd season of the franchise, 52nd season as the Maple Leafs. The Leafs finished 4th in the Adams Division and lost in the Preliminary round to the Minnesota North Stars 3 games to 0.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

In July 1979, Leafs owner Harold Ballard brought back Punch Imlach, a longtime friend, as general manager. Imlach traded Lanny McDonald to undermine team captain Darryl Sittler's influence on the team.[1]

NHL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 9. Laurie Boschman (C) Flag of Canada Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)

Regular Season[edit | edit source]

The 1979-80 season marked the dismantling of a promising hockey team. The Maple Leafs had stars such as Darryl Sittler, Mike Palmateer, Lanny MacDonald, Tiger Williams, Borje Salming and Ian Turnbull. In previous years, the Leafs were always one of the top teams in the league but could not beat the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs. Leafs' owner Harold Ballard fired General Manager Jim Gregory and Head Coach Roger Neilson.[2]

In November 1979, tensions between Punch Imlach and Darryl Sittler mounted as Sittler publicly aired his grievances. An article was featured in the Globe and Mail by James Christie, titled "Darryl Sittler Drops the Gloves."[3] Sittler was unhappy that Imlach publicly criticized him and Mike Palmateer. Another point of tension for Sittler was the fact that Imlach placed Lanny McDonald and Ian Turnbull on waivers.

On December 13, 1979, Imlach announced that Carl Brewer was making another comeback in the NHL.[4] Brewer would play for the New Brunswick Hawks, the Maple Leafs' American Hockey League affiliate. In Brewer's first game in Moncton, New Brunswick, King Clancy and Johnny Bower showed up to watch him play.[2]

Brewer returned to the Maple Leafs on December 26, 1979, for the Maple Leafs game against the Washington Capitals. Many players on the Leafs felt that Brewer was a spy for Imlach.[2] In Brewer's first game, many of his teammates were openly hostile to him. Brewer's defense partner was Borje Salming, and Salming refused to pass Brewer the puck.[5] During the season, Brewer would only play in twenty contests.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 80 47 17 16 318 201 110
Boston Bruins 80 46 21 13 310 234 105
Minnesota North Stars 80 36 28 16 311 253 88
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 35 40 5 304 327 75
Quebec Nordiques 80 25 44 11 248 313 61

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]

1979–80 Game Log
1979–80 Schedule

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Minnesota North Stars 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 0[edit | edit source]

Date Opponent Score Series lead
April 8, 1980 at Minnesota North Stars 3 - 6 Stars lead series 1-0
April 9, 1980 at Minnesota North Stars 2 - 7 Stars lead series 2-0
April 11, 1980 Minnesota North Stars 3 - 4 Stars win series 3-0

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 73 40 57 97 62 3 17 1 5
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 74 19 52 71 94 4 4 0 1
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 74 25 28 53 22 5 3 0 5
Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW 41 20 28 48 72 1 8 0 2
Boschman, LaurieLaurie Boschman C 80 16 32 48 78 2 2 0 4
Saganiuk, RockyRocky Saganiuk RW/C 75 24 23 47 52 -5 3 0 4
McKechnie, WaltWalt McKechnie C 54 7 36 43 4 -6 1 0 0
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 55 22 18 40 197 -13 5 0 1
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 75 11 28 39 90 -23 3 0 0
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 45 22 16 38 16 1 6 0 3
Maloney, DanDan Maloney LW 71 17 16 33 102 -13 1 0 1
McDonald, LannyLanny McDonald RW 35 15 15 30 10 -1 6 0 2
Gardner, PaulPaul Gardner C 45 11 13 24 10 -8 4 0 1
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 59 12 11 23 6 -9 0 1 2
Martin, TerryTerry Martin LW 37 6 15 21 2 6 1 0 2
Burrows, DaveDave Burrows D 80 3 16 19 42 0 0 0 0
Derlago, BillBill Derlago C 23 5 12 17 13 -6 1 0 0
Vaive, RickRick Vaive RW 22 9 7 16 77 -4 2 0 1
Butler, JerryJerry Butler RW 55 7 8 15 29 -3 0 0 1
Hotham, GregGreg Hotham D 46 3 10 13 10 -4 0 0 0
Mulhern, RichardRichard Mulhern D 26 0 10 10 11 -1 0 0 0
Farrish, DaveDave Farrish D 20 1 8 9 30 5 0 0 0
Kaszycki, MikeMike Kaszycki C 25 4 4 8 10 -4 0 0 0
Hutchison, DaveDave Hutchison D 31 1 6 7 28 1 0 0 0
Quenneville, JoelJoel Quenneville D 32 1 4 5 24 -2 1 0 0
Brewer, CarlCarl Brewer D 20 0 5 5 2 -5 0 0 0
Stephenson, BobBob Stephenson RW 14 2 2 4 4 -7 0 0 0
Boutette, PatPat Boutette C/RW 32 0 4 4 17 -6 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 38 0 3 3 6 0 0 0 0
Wilson, RonRon Wilson D 5 0 2 2 2 -2 0 0 0
Ribble, PatPat Ribble D 13 0 2 2 8 -9 0 0 0
Kirton, MarkMark Kirton C 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Carriere, LarryLarry Carriere D 2 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison G 30 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Jones, JimmyJimmy Jones RW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Boudreau, BruceBruce Boudreau C 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Maggs, DarylDaryl Maggs D 5 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
Ridley, CurtCurt Ridley G 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Tremblay, VincentVincent Tremblay G 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Crha, JiriJiri Crha G 15 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 2039 38 16 14 3 125 3.68 2
Harrison, PaulPaul Harrison 1492 30 9 17 2 110 4.42 0
Crha, JiriJiri Crha 830 15 8 7 0 50 3.61 0
Tremblay, VincentVincent Tremblay 329 10 2 1 0 28 5.11 0
Ridley, CurtCurt Ridley 110 3 0 1 0 8 4.36 0
Team: 4800 80 35 40 5 321 4.01 2

Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM PPG SHG GWG
Sittler, DarrylDarryl Sittler C 3 1 2 3 10 1 0 0
Wilson, RonRon Wilson D 3 1 2 3 2 1 0 0
Turnbull, IanIan Turnbull D 3 0 3 3 2 0 0 0
Martin, TerryTerry Martin LW 3 2 0 2 7 0 0 0
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
Boschman, LaurieLaurie Boschman C 3 1 1 2 18 1 0 0
Salming, BorjeBorje Salming D 3 1 1 2 2 1 0 0
Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW 3 0 2 2 17 0 0 0
Vaive, RickRick Vaive RW 3 1 0 1 11 0 0 0
Burrows, DaveDave Burrows D 3 0 1 1 2 0 0 0
Mulhern, RichardRichard Mulhern D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carriere, LarryLarry Carriere D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kaszycki, MikeMike Kaszycki C 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Derlago, BillBill Derlago C 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
Ellis, RonRon Ellis RW 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Farrish, DaveDave Farrish D 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Hickey, PatPat Hickey LW 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Saganiuk, RockyRocky Saganiuk RW/C 3 0 0 0 10 0 0 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer G 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Crha, JiriJiri Crha G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO
Crha, JiriJiri Crha 121 2 0 2 10 4.96 0
Palmateer, MikeMike Palmateer 60 1 0 1 7 7.00 0
Team: 181 3 0 3 17 5.64 0

[6]

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 1979-80 season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

August 22, 1979 To Edmonton Oilers
6th round pick in 1981 - Steve Smith
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Reg Thomas
December 13, 1979 To Quebec Nordiques
Reg Thomas
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Dave Farrish
Terry Martin
December 24, 1979 To Hartford Whalers
Pat Boutette
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Bob Stephenson
December 29, 1979 To Colorado Rockies
Lanny McDonald
Joel Quenneville
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Pat Hickey
Wilf Paiement
January 10, 1980 To Chicago Black Hawks
Dave Hutchison
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Pat Ribble
February 10, 1980 To Vancouver Canucks
Cash
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Curt Ridley
February 16, 1980 To Washington Capitals
Pat Ribble
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Mike Kaszycki
February 18, 1980 To Vancouver Canucks
Tiger Williams
Jerry Butler
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Rick Vaive
Bill Derlago
March 3, 1980 To Colorado Rockies
Walt McKechnie
To Toronto Maple Leafs
3rd round pick in 1980 - Fred Boimistruck
June 10, 1980 To Calgary Flames
2nd round pick in 1980 - Kevin LaVallee
To Toronto Maple Leafs
David Shand
3rd round pick in 1980 - Torrie Robertson
June 11, 1980 To Washington Capitals
Mike Palmateer
3rd round pick in 1980 - Torrie Robertson
To Toronto Maple Leafs
Tim Coulis
Robert Picard
2nd round pick in 1980 - Bob McGill

Waivers[edit | edit source]

February 10, 1980 From Los Angeles Kings
Richard Mulhern

Free Agents[edit | edit source]

Player Former Team
Daryl Maggs Cincinnati Stingers (WHA)
Carl Brewer Toronto Toros (WHA)
Jiri Crha HC Pardubice (Czech.)
Larry Carriere Buffalo Sabres
Player New Team
Greg Hubick Vancouver Canucks
Roy Sommer Edmonton Oilers

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

Farm Teams[edit | edit source]

The Maple Leafs were affiliated with the New Brunswick Hawks of the American Hockey League.

Game Ads[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. "Lanny McDonald trade has Sittler in tears," Jim Kernaghan, Toronto Star, December 29, 1979, p. 1.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Foster, p. 103
  3. Foster, p. 102.
  4. Foster, p. 101.
  5. Foster, p. 104.
  6. 1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com. hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-05-28.
  7. NHL Official Guide and Record Book 2006, p. 222.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • The Power of Two: Carl Brewer's Battle with Hockey's Power Brokers, Susan Foster with notes by Carl Brewer, Fenn Publishing Company Ltd., Bolton, Ontario, 2006, ISBN 978-1-55168-313-3 (paperback).
  • National Hockey League Official Guide and Record Book 2006, Dan Diamond & Associates, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN 0-920445-98-5.

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