Known as a tough forward who could give and take a check with the best of them, Tod Sloan began his junior career in the OHA with the St. Michaels Majors in 1944 where he helped lead the team to the Memorial Cup in his first two seasons. The 1945-46 season saw him lead the league in goals, assists, and points, and he moved up to the AHL the next year with the Pittsburgh Hornets.
The Toronto Maple Leafs came calling the next year, but Sloan played olny one game for the Leafs in 1947-48, returning to Pittsburgh after. The next season, he appeared in 29 games in Toronto but spent most of it with the Hornets. The 1949-50 season was spent entirely in the AHL with the Cleveland Barons and saw him lead the playoffs in goals and points.
It was on his third try to crack the Leafs' lineup in 1950-51 that he succeeded. In his rookie year, Sloan played in his first All-Star Game and saw his first action in the Stanley Cup playoffs. He scored a huge goal for the Leafs in game five of the finals against the Canadiens. It was the third period, with the Leafs down by a goal, when Sloan scored the tying marker with 32 seconds left, setting up the overtime heroics of Bill Barilko and giving the Leafs the Cup, Sloan's first.
In 1957, Sloan and other players attempted to create a players association, only to be punished by the Leafs who traded him to the Blackhawks for cash in 1958. After three seasons with the Hawks, he won his second Stanley Cup in 1961 and left the NHL to play in the OHA for one year and represent Canada at the IIHF World and European Championships. He retired in 1962.