I know, it’s old news by now that former Leaf fan favorite Darcy Tucker has finally decided to hang up the sleds. The part I didn’t know was that Tucker has already formed a new sports agency with his agent, Turning Point Sports Management, and plans on pursuing a career as a sports agent immediately. His 14 year career saw him make stops in Montreal, Tampa Bay and Colorado, but no one will deny he played his best hockey here in Toronto.
Traded to the Leafs in 2000, for the next eight seasons Leaf fans watched as this tiny ball of badass flew around the ice like a goddamn Tasmanian devil with rabies. Four times he topped the 100 penalty minute mark with the Leafs, and he had the two most productive seasons here as well, netting 59 points in 2001-02 and besting that with 61 in 2005-06. Constantly yapped at for being a dirty player (with some merit – he had a knack for knowing when people were at their most vulnerable and absolutely lighting them up), Tucker never shied away from a fight to back up anything he did, but he could put the puck in the net with a pretty decent amount of regularity during his prime. He finished his career with 476 points and 1410 penalty minutes in 947 regular season games.
You were a hell of a hockey player, Darcy. Best of luck.