Dave McLlwain was obtained by the Leafs in a trade with the New York Islanders on March 10, 1992. Leafs Daniel Marois and Claude Loiselle went to New York in the trade and Ken Baumgartner joined McLlwain in Toronto. The 1991-92 season saw McLlwain complete an NHL first by playing for a club in each of the league's four divisions in one season.
In his first full season with Toronto in 1992-93, he was one of 14 players with at least 10 goals on a rejuvenated Leafs squad. The team would go on to make a lasting mark with Leafs Nation by earning a playoff berth and setting out on a journey that saw the team play in three playoff series that went seven games in the spring of 1993.
A valued special teams performer, McLlwain scored 15 goals and added six assists in 77 total regular season games with the Leafs over two seasons. He was claimed by Ottawa in the Waiver Draft prior to the 1993-94 season.
Hailing from Seaforth, Ontario, McLlwain was a member of Team Canada at the 1987 World Junior Championship. The team was disqualified after taking part in a memorable bench-clearing brawl with their adversaries from Russia.
The centreman was originally Pittsburgh's ninth choice, 172nd overall, in the 1986 NHL Draft. McLwain scored 100 career goals and added 107 assists in 501 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Winnipeg, Buffalo, NYI, Toronto and Ottawa from 1987-88 to 1996-97.