The Ultimate Toronto Maple Leafs New Year’s Day Trivia

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Darryl Boyce #47 of the Toronto Maple Leafs on December 27, 2011, in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images) /

The Answer to Question 5

A – Darryl Boyce

On Jan. 1, 2011, James Reimer was between the pipes for his first-ever start as an NHL goalie. He had previously only come in for relief. Reimer had a great view of his squad embarrassing the hapless Ottawa Senators by beating them 5-1 in their own arena.

The line of Joey Crabb, Bozak, and Phil Kessel were playing particularly well that night. Bozak potted two goals in the game, each assisted by both Crabb and Kessel. The only player to score for Ottawa was their star defenseman, Sergei Gonchar.

Reimer must have been pleased with his milestone performance. He earned the win by making 32 saves, good enough for a .970 save percentage. As meaningful as that win must have been for the 24-year-old goalie, it was equally as memorable for Darryl Boyce.

Boyce played 46 games that year with the Buds. He managed to score just four more times. Boyce played 37 games the following season between Toronto and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He scored one more goal that year, giving him a career total of 84 games.

In that New Year’s Day game against the Sens, Boyce scored his first NHL goal at 3:18 in the second period. It was assisted by Kris Versteeg and Colby Armstrong.

Question 6

In what year did the Toronto Maple Leafs organization play their first-ever New Year’s Day game?

a) 1917

b) 1920

c) 1926

d) 1982

e) 2020