Nineteen year old Bob McGill made his Toronto Maple Leafs' debut on October 6, 1981 as the team opened their new season with a 6-1 win over the Jets at the Winnipeg Arena. The young defenceman would make an early impression by leading the Leafs in penalty minutes in 1981-82 with 263 which remains a franchise record for most PIM's in one season by a rookie. The lone goal by the 'stay-at-home' defenceman in his first NHL season came in his hometown (Edmonton) on a breakaway against Oilers' Hall of Fame goalie, and McGill's former Victoria Cougars teammate, Grant Fuhr.
The following two seasons were split between the Leafs and their American Hockey League affiliate in St. Catharines. McGill found permanent residence on the Toronto blueline for the following three seasons (1984 to 1987). His 250 penalty minutes in 1984-85 again led the Leafs in that category. McGill is eighth all-time on the team's penalty minute list with 988.
The rugged McGill played 317 games with the Leafs over two stints and seven seasons (1981 to 1987, 1992-93) registering 29 points (4 goals, 25 assists). He also played for Chicago, San Jose, Detroit, the Islanders, and Hartford in his 13-year NHL career. He was selected 26th overall by Toronto in the 1980 NHL Draft.
In his post-playing career, McGill spent over a decade reporting and providing analysis on the Leafs and Toronto Marlies for Leafs TV.