While playing Junior A hockey with the Niagara Falls Flyers of the OHL, Daryl Evans was nicknamed "Motorboat" by fans in reference to his fantastic speed while flying down the wing. He was certainly one of the most popular players on the team, and his work ethic often lead to good scoring opportunities. In his first year with the club, he scored 38 goals and 64 points in 65 games and showed that he was in no mood to be pushed around by bigger players, sacrificing 110 minutes in the penalty box to prove that point. In 1979-80, Evans teamed with the likes of Steve Ludzik, Steve Larmer and Mark Osborne to form one of the strongest scoring teams in the league. He finished the year with 43 goals and 52 assists for 95 points.
Early in the 1980-81 season, Evans was sent to the Brantford Alexanders where he scored an average of one goal per game, netting 58 goals and 54 assists for 112 points in 58 games. Combined with his three goals and seven points in Niagara Falls, he finished the year with 61 goals and 56 assists for 117 points.
It was no secret that Evans could score, and score often. But scouts were concerned he would not be able to translate his junior success in the big leagues, where players were even bigger, faster, and stronger. The Los Angeles Kings selected him in the ninth round of the 1980 NHL draft, 178th overall.
In his rookie year, Evans played in 14 games with the Kings, collecting eight points. Most of his season was spent in New Haven of the AHL, where he managed 28 points in 41 games. The legend of Daryl Evans was cast when he scored the playoff series-winning goal in overtime as the Kings beat Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers.
That magical playoff series earned Evans a regular spot on the Kings' roster the following year, the only time he'd ever play a full NHL season. In 80 games in 1982-83 he had 18 goals and 40 assists. In 1983-84, he was relegated to the minors, but he proved he had not lost his scoring touch, potting 51 goals and 85 points in 69 games with the New Haven Nighthawks.
From there, Daryl Evans played just a handful of NHL games with the Kings and then the Washington Capitals before his NHL career came to an end with a two-game stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1986-87, scoring one goal.
Evans continued to play at the professional level for another three years, two in the AHL and one with the Whitley Warriors of the BHL before hanging up the blades after the 1990-91 season.