Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tod Sloan
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1943-44 Copper Cliff Reps NOJHA
1944-45 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 19 21 16 37 14 9 10 10 20 0
1944-45 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 14 17 4 21 32
1945-46 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 25 43 32 75 49 11 16 6 22 16
1946-47 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 64 15 24 39 31 12 2 2 4 0
1947-48 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1947-48 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 61 20 24 44 18 2 1 0 1 2
1948-49 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 3 4 7 0
1948-49 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 35 18 16 34 23
1949-50 Cleveland Barons AHL 62 37 29 66 28 9 10 4 14 7
1950-51 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 31 25 56 105 11 4 5 9 18
1951-52 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 68 25 23 48 89 4 0 0 0 10
1952-53 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 15 10 25 76
1953-54 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 11 32 43 100 5 1 1 2 4
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 13 15 28 89 4 0 0 0 2
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 37 29 66 100 2 0 0 0 5
1956-57 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 52 14 21 35 33
1957-58 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 13 25 38 58
1958-59 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 59 27 35 62 79 6 3 5 8 0
1959-60 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 70 20 20 40 54 3 0 0 0 0
1960-61 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 67 11 23 34 48 12 1 1 2 8
1961-62 Galt Terriers OHA-Sr. 9 11 4 15 8
1961-62 Canada WEC-A 6 6 4 10 4
NHL Totals 745 220 262 482 831 47 9 12 21 47


OHA-Jr. MVP (1946)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1956) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1951, 1952, 1956)
Signed as a free agent by Toronto, April 30, 1946. Loaned to Cleveland (AHL) by Toronto for the 1949-50 season with the trade of Ray Ceresino and Harry Taylor for Bob Solinger, September 6, 1949. Traded to Chicago by Toronto for cash, June 6, 1958.