Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Darryl Sly
While playing for the Senior A Galt Terriers in the 1960-61 season, Sly was invited to join the Trail (British Columbia) Smoke Eaters, who had been chosen to represent Canada in the 1961 World Championship in Switzerland.

Sly, defense partner Don Fletcher and goalie Seth Martin were particularly outstanding in stymying the powerful attack of the Soviet Union in the game that decided the gold medal in Geneva. The Smokies won 5-1 and were the last amateur team to beat the Soviets in a world tournament. Sly scored four goals in seven tournament games and was named to the All-Star team on defense. Desperately trying to atone for their disappointing third-place finish at the 1956 Olympics in Italy, Bobby Bauer's Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen, with Sly in uniform, were foiled in an attempt to strike gold in Squaw Valley by the spectacular goaltending of American Jack McCartan. Despite outplaying the U.S. by a wide margin, the Canadian team lost 2-0. Surprisingly, the Yanks also beat both Russia and Czechoslovakia and the Dutchmen had to settle for the silver medal.

As a rookie with St. Mike's in the 1956-57 season, Sly played on a team with Frank Mahovlich as its star, and although he'd been a center with the Collingwood juveniles, he was made a defenseman by coach Bob Goldham, one of the best shot-blockers in NHL history.

Sly graduated from St. Michael's College high school in 1958 and attended teacher's college in his final season, 1958-59, when he captained the team, which lost to Peterborough in the OHA Junior A finals. The Leafs offered him $3,500 a year and a $1,500 signing bonus to turn pro, but Father David Bauer, then the Majors' coach, advised him against it, suggesting he go and play for the priest's brother Bobby with the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen of the OHA Senior A League.

The Leafs sent coach Punch Imlach and chief scout Bob Davidson to see the final game of the 1961 Allan Cup final between Galt and the Winnipeg Maroons, and Sly scored two goals. In the summer of 1961, he finally signed a pro contract and was assigned to play for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League the following season.

The Rochester club was overstocked with good defenseman with Al Arbour, Larry Hillman, Arnie Brown and Don Cherry in the lineup. Sly played only 19 games with the Leafs and split 60 more between the Minnesota North Stars and Vancouver Canucks. He scored his only NHL goal with the North Stars in the 1969-70 season. But the Americans were so good that even in the days of the Original Six teams, they were considered very close to NHL caliber, and won the Calder Cup as champions of the AHL three times between 1965 and 1968.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1956-57 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 46 7 7 14 35 1 0 0 0 4
1957-58 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 52 19 20 39 64 9 2 4 6 12
1958-59 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 48 8 16 24 58 15 0 3 3 42
1958-59 Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen OHA-Sr. 1 0 0 0 0
1959-60 Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen OHA-Sr. 47 4 8 12 63 8 1 1 2 14
1959-60 Canada Olympics 7 1 1 2 9
1960-61 Galt Terriers OHA-Sr. 12 5 9 14 12 15 7 8 15 24
1960-61 Trail Smoke Eaters WIHL 13 7 12 19
1960-61 Canada Nat-Tm 18 12 6 18 46
1960-61 Canada WEC-A 7 4 2 6 6
1960-61 Rochester Americans AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Galt Terriers Al-Cup 12 4 6 10 22
1961-62 Rochester Americans AHL 70 8 16 24 50 2 0 0 0 0
1962-63 Rochester Americans AHL 70 4 14 18 52 2 0 0 0 7
1963-64 Rochester Americans AHL 72 16 16 32 41 2 0 0 0 0
1964-65 Rochester Americans AHL 72 3 18 21 56 10 1 2 3 8
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 67 5 15 20 49 12 2 2 4 12
1966-67 Rochester Americans AHL 72 8 25 33 56 13 1 0 1 14
1967-68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 0 0 0 4 -1
1967-68 Rochester Americans AHL 52 3 22 25 36 11 1 6 7 12
1968-69 Vancouver Canucks WHL 74 6 16 22 45 8 0 1 1 8
1969-70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 29 1 0 1 6 -5
1969-70 Iowa Stars CHL 10 0 8 8 2 11 1 8 9 8
1970-71 Vancouver Canucks NHL 31 0 2 2 10 -1
1970-71 Rochester Americans AHL 37 3 4 7 28
1971-72 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 33 7 17 24 32 16 1 10 11 16
1972-73 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 41 3 19 22 42
1972-73 Rochester Americans AHL 1 1 2 3 0
1973-74 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 31 3 12 15 15
1973-74 Rochester Americans AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1974-75 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 40 4 10 14 28
1975-76 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 44 4 16 20 24
1976-77 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 34 1 10 11 26
1977-78 Barrie Flyers OHA-Sr. 38 0 5 5 16
NHL Totals 79 1 2 3 20


OHA-Jr. Second All-Star Team (1959)
WEC-A All-Star Team (1961)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1969)
OHA-Sr. First All-Star Team (1972, 1973, 1974)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, June 5, 1961. Rights transferred to Vancouver (WHL) after WHL club purchased Rochester (AHL) franchise, August 13, 1968. Claimed by Minnesota from Vancouver (WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 10, 1969. Claimed by Vancouver from Minnesota in Expansion Draft, June 10, 1970.
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