On this day in 1993… Doug Gilmour scores 118th point of the season setting Toronto Maple Leafs scoring record
By Zach Laing1 month ago
The 1992-93 season was one for the record books for Doug Gilmour as he set a franchise record for points in a season.
It came on this day 30 years ago when Gilmour put together a two-assist performance in a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. By season’s end, Gilmour ended up putting up a total of 32 goals and 127 points. The following year he came back with another tremendous campaign scoring 27 goals and 111 points, which stands as the third most-productive season in Leafs history.
Here’s some of what the Calgary Herald’s Eric Duhatschek wrote about the night:
Teeder Kennedy couldn’t do it. Nor could Frank Mahovlich. Not Dave Keon, Lanny McDonald or Rick Vaive either.No, the only player in Toronto Maple Leafs’ history to score as many as 117 points in a season was Darryl Sittler, who received a one-way ticket straight to the Hockey Hall Of Fame once his playing days ended.Then along came this refugee from Calgary Flames and stood Toronto on its collective ear.Doug Gilmour made Maple Leaf history in Edmonton Saturday night with a first-period assist on Dave Andreychuk’s 51st goal at 4:20. That gave Gilmour 118 points on the season, the most ever in team history as Toronto won 6-2.Gilmour, speaking on the telephone before the Oilers’ game, said he wanted to get the record out of the way before tonight’s game against his ex-teammates.“The reporters here asked me the same thing: ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to go back to Calgary and get it?’ I said: ‘Not a chance.’ It’s hard enough playing against those guys, playing against Otts (Joel Otto) all the time. I say: ‘Forget it.’“Besides, it’s more of a buildup from the media side. When I matched the record (Thursday against Minnesota), it’s almost as if it was over and done with. Really, it hasn’t been that big a deal.”Earlier in March, when Gilmour broke Sittler’s single-season assist record (72), the former Leafs’ captain sent him a congratulatory fax.“It seems like everything that’s happened has happened on the road,” said Gilmour. “But I sat down with Darryl one day at the office in Toronto, probably when I was at 85 or 90 points, and he said: ‘Keep going, go for it.’ So he’s been very supportive through it all.”
Gilmour, 29 at the time had been in just his first full season with the Leafs after being acquired in a massive, mid-season blockbuster the year prior. He would finish that 1992-93 season second in Hart Trophy voting falling to Mario Lemieux, who scored 69 goals and 160 points, but he did finish first in the Selke voting doubling up on points vs. Dave Poulin.
Later named captain ahead of the 1994-95 season, Gilmour would spend seven seasons with the Leafs in total scoring 131 goals and 452 points in 393 games.
He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a member of the 2011 class.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at email@example.com.
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