Thrilling, it was, for local hockey fans to be in the same room as Darryl Sittler. A number of life-long fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs were in attendance for the Kinsmen Club's annual Sports Celebrity Dinner on Saturday night.
Many of them were growing up back in the 70s when Sittler starred for the the perennial underdog Maple Leafs.
Sittler had a wonderful NHL career but, perhaps the most remarkable night was back on February 7th, 1976.
I remember. It was a Saturday night - Hockey Night in Canada. I was in the basement firing tennis balls at my hockey net when my Dad called out.
"Come up here, pal," he hollered. "You've gotta see this."
I went upstairs to see what was up and Dad says, "It's Sittler. Every time he shoots the puck it goes in the net. It's unbelievable," he said.
It was. Sittler scored 6 goals and assisted on 4 more that night in an 11-4 win over the Boston Bruins. The 10 points in one game is a record that still stands today.
Sittler took the time to listen to a number of stories just like mine Saturday night in Moose Jaw, giving his loyal fans yet another night to remember.