Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Syl Apps
Apps became the first son of an NHL player who played in an All-Star Game to play in the game himself, though it was a year in the making. Syl Jr. was named to play in the 1974 classic but had to withdraw because of injury. The next year, he was named to the team again, and this time not only did he play, he scored two goals and was voted the games most valuable player. His father, the great "Slippery Syl" of the 1940s Maple Leafs, watched from the stands.

The New York Rangers had recruited him and convinced him to turn pro with their affiliate in Omaha, and he wound up playing half the 1970-71 season. He was traded to Pittsburgh with Sheldon Kannegiesser for Glen Sather, and it was with the Pens that he developed into a solid player. For four years he was on the Century Line with Jean Pronovost and Lowell MacDonald, and the three were one of the top-scoring lines in the league.

Apps's play led to an astounding contract offer--five years, almost $1 million--and in 1975-76 he had 32 goals and 99 points. Perhaps the only sore point of his time with the Penguins was a lack of playoff success, the team never making it past the second round. He retired in 1980.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1965-66 Kingston Canadians OHA-B
1966-67 Princeton University Tigers ECAC-2
1967-68 Kingston Aces OHA-Sr. 35 16 22 38 28
1968-69 Kingston Aces OHA-Sr. 27 14 22 36 17
1968-69 Buffalo Bisons AHL 2 1 2 3 4
1969-70 Omaha Knights CHL 68 16 38 54 43 12 10 9 19 4
1969-70 Buffalo Bisons AHL 7 2 3 5 6
1970-71 New York Rangers NHL 31 1 2 3 11 0
1970-71 Omaha Knights CHL 11 0 5 5 4
1970-71 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 9 16 25 21 +3
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 15 44 59 78 +18 4 1 0 1 2
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 29 56 85 18 +25
1973-74 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 75 24 61 85 37 +21
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 24 55 79 43 +8 9 2 3 5 9
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 32 67 99 24 +17 3 0 1 1 0
1976-77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 18 43 61 20 +2 3 1 0 1 12
1977-78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 0 7 7 0 0
1977-78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 19 26 45 18 -11 2 0 1 1 0
1978-79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 7 30 37 29 -25 2 1 0 1 0
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 51 5 16 21 12 -17
NHL Totals 727 183 423 606 311 23 5 5 10 23


Son of Syl Played in NHL All-Star Game (1975) Attended Queens University while playing with Kingston (OHA-Sr.) Traded to Pittsburgh by NY Rangers with Sheldon Kannegiesser for Glen Sather, January 26, 1971. Traded to Los Angeles by Pittsburgh with Hartland Monahan for Dave Schultz, Gene Carr and L.A. Kings' 4th round pick (Shane Pearsall) in 1978 Amateur Draft, November 2, 1977.
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