1964 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
4 21
Syl Apps Jr.
Selected by New York from Kingston (Ontario Midget)
New York Rangers Kingston Midget
Syl Apps Jr.

6-foot-0, 185 pounds

Right-hand shot


Pre-Draft Statistics

Statistics unavailable

Pre-Draft Notes

Born in Toronto just before the start of his Hall of Fame father's final season with the Maple Leafs. 
Canadian • Born August 1, 1947 in Toronto, Ontario • Hometown: Kingston, Ontario

Career Vitals

First contract: 1969
Debut: October 10, 1970
(New York at St. Louis)
Final NHL game: March 1, 1980
(Los Angeles at Boston)
Retired: 1980
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 6 (New York); 26 (Pittsburgh); 14 (Los Angeles)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: New York, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles
Years: 1970-1980. Playoffs: 1972-1979

Regular Season
10 years 727 183 423 606 311
Stanley Cup Playoffs
6 years 23 5 5 10 23
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Career Highlights

Won CHL Adams Cup with Omaha in 1970, leading all players in playoff goals (10) and points (19). ... Won AHL Calder Cup with Buffalo in 1970 after joining team for its final seven playoff games. He never played an AHL regular-season game. ... Set Pittsburgh record (since tied) for assists in one period with four vs. Detroit on March 24, 1971. At the time, he also tied the NHL record, which was later broken. ... Selected to play in 1973 NHL All-Star Game, but missed it with injury. ... Led Pittsburgh in scoring in 1971-72 (59 points), 1972-73 (85), and 1973-74 (85). ... Led Pittsburgh in assists in 1971-72 (44), 1972-73 (56), 1973-74 (61), 1975-76 (67), and 1976-77 (43). ... One of four players who shared Pittsburgh's team MVP Award for 1973-74. ... Represented Pittsburgh in 1975 NHL All-Star Game at Montreal on Jan. 22, becoming first son of a former NHL All-Star to appear in an All-Star Game. He was  MVP with two goals for Wales Conference All-Stars in 7-1 win. ... Was Pittsburgh NHLPA representative. ... Set Pittsburgh record (since broken) with 67 assists in 1975-76. ... Scored a career-high 99 points for Pittsburgh in 1975-76. ... Left Pittsburgh in 1977 as second-leading scorer in team history. ... Inducted into the Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame in 1994. ... Named to Ontario Minor Hockey Association All-Time Greats team in 2009. ... Named to Pittsburgh Penguins Trib Total Media All-Time Penguins team in 2013.

Transaction History

Jan. 26, 1971 -- Traded by New York with Sheldon Kannegiesser to Pittsburgh in exchange for Glen Sather. Nov. 2, 1977 -- Traded by Pittsburgh with Hartland Monahan to Los Angeles in exchange for Dave Schultz, Gene Carr and 1978 fourth-round pick (Shane Pearsall).

Significant Injuries

Missed six games with a leg injury during 1971-72 season. .. Missed part of 1972-73 season, including 1973 NHL All-Star Game with elbow injury. ... Had surgery for removal of bone chips in left knee in April 1973. ... Missed eight games in 1976-77 season with pulled hamstring.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: Sylvanus Marshall Apps Jr.

Other Post-Draft Teams: Kingston (OHA Sr.); Omaha (CHL); Buffalo (AHL).

Education: Started college at Princeton, but left after freshman year and never played for the varsity team. ... Attended Queens University while playing for Kingston Aces and earned a B.A. degree in psychology.

Career Beyond Hockey: Was involved in real estate in Kingston during latter stages of his playing career and worked in real estate for two years in Los Angeles afte rhis retirement. ... He then moved to Toronto and embarked on a career in finance, becoming a successful financial adviser.

Family: Son of Hockey Hall of Famer Syl Apps. ... Father of former minor-leaguer Syl Apps III, Canadian women's soccer star Amy Apps, and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Gillian Apps, who played on Canada's 2006, 2010, and 2014 Olympic women's hockey teams. ... Uncle of Canadian Olympic rowing gold-medalist Darren Barber.


Selected by Ottawa Nationals in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972. Member of Omaha (CHL) team that was league's top team during 1969-70 regular season. Scored goal in his first game as member of Pittsburgh Penguins after being traded there. Played on line with Jean Pronovost and Greg Polis for Pittsburgh in 1970-71.
Scored two power-play goals in 20-second span for Pittsburgh on Feb. 13, 1971 vs. Chicago. Set Pittsburgh single-season record (since broken) with 85 points in 1972-73 and 1973-74. Had hat trick for Pittsburgh on Dec. 13, 1972 vs.NYI as part of  then team-record 6-point game. Played on line with Al McDonagh and Lowel McDonald for Pittsburgh in 1972-73.
Signed unprecedented five-year contract extension to stay in Pittsburgh after 1972-73 season. Set Pittsburgh single-season record (since broken) with four shorthanded goals in 1973-74 Played on Penguins' "Century Line" with Jean Pronovost and Lowell McDonald in mid-1970s Set  team record (since broken) with 10-game point streak for Pittsburgh in 1974-75.
Scored 49 points over the final 28 games of the 1975-76 season to finish with career-high 99. Scored hat trick for Pittsburgh vs. California goaltender Gille Meloche on Dec. 17, 1975. Played on line with Marcel Dionne after coming to Los Angeles in 1977 trade. Played RW for Los Angeles for parts of the 1977-78 season -- his first time at that position.
Tied Los Angeles records (since broken) with 4 goals, 6 points vs. Minnesota on Dec. 21, 1977. Played in 150 consecutive games for Los Angeles after joinng Kings in 1977 trade. Held Pittsburgh Penguins career assist record (349 assists) at time he retired in 1980. Opted to retire at age 32 due to continuing struggles with groin pull and hamstring injuries.
Total Selected: 24
Forwards: 15
Defense: 7
Goaltenders: 1
Position n/a: 1
Major Junior: 0
College Players: 0
Canadian: 23
American: 0
Euro-Canadian: 1
Reached NHL: 9
Won Stanley Cup: 1
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 3
Year-end All-Star: 1
Olympians: 0
Picks Traded: 0

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