The Leafs and Vancouver hooked up on a significant four- player trade that brought instant dividends to the Blue and White. Bill Derlago and future Toronto captain, Rick Vaive, came east while Jerry Butler and fan favourite, Tiger Williams, joined the Canucks on February 18, 1980. From the 1980-81 season through 1984-85, the new Leafs formed one of the NHL's dynamic scoring duos.
Bill Derlago, a centreman, racked up goal totals of 35, 34, 40 and 31 in four of his first five full seasons in Toronto. Vaive was the beneficiary of Derlago's team-leading 50 assists as the right-winger became the first Leafs player to ever crack the 50-goal barrier in 1981-82. Derlago is one of just 12 Leafs players to reach 40 goals in one season (1983-84) and with his 334 points he ranks in the top 30 on the club's all-time points list. Derlago ranked in the top four in Leafs team scoring on four occasions. The native of Birtle, Manitoba earned four hat tricks with Toronto, three of which came in the 1984-85 season. He was dealt to the Bruins for another number 19, Tom Fergus, on October 11, 1985.
'Billy D' was the Leafs recipient of the 1985 Molson Cup Award. He was originally drafted fourth overall by the Canucks in the 1978 NHL Draft after piling up 96 and 89 goals in the previous two junior seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings. In 555 career NHL games with the Canucks, Leafs, Bruins, Jets and Nordiques, Derlago scored 189 goals and added 227 assists for 416 points.