No player who scored more than 400 goals in the NHL did so while taking as many penalty minutes as Tocchet, who blossomed into one of the top power forwards in the NHL during the 1980s and 1990s.
The Philadelphia Flyers selected Tocchet, a native of Scarborough, Ontario, in the sixth round (No. 121) of the 1983 NHL Draft after a 32-goal, 66-point season with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League. The Flyers sent him back to Sault Ste. Marie, where he scored 44 goals and 109 points in 1983-84. He made the Flyers at training camp in the fall of 1984 and scored 14 goals as a rookie, helping the Flyers advance to the 1985 Stanley Cup Final before losing to the Edmonton Oilers.