It was announced today that famed NHL player Bob Nevin has passed away. Nevin, who played in the NHL for 18 seasons won two Stanley Cup Championships while playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Nevin was instrumental in helping the Maple Leafs in their 1962 and 1963 championship seasons and will be missed by the organization, who is expected to honour Nevin during a future ceremony.
Nevin, who was 82 at the time of his death played 1,128 games in the NHL and scored 307 goals over the ourse of his professional career. Nevin also amassed 419 assists and during his playoff games, scored 16 goals and earned 18 assists.
Nevin a native of Northern Ontario
Growing up in South Porcupine, Ontario, Nevin excelled while playing junior hockey for the Toronto Marlboros. At 19, he was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs and played his first professional hockey game that December against the NY Rangers.
During his first season with Toronto, Nevin made four appearances and after his second year, began playing full-time with the team. In his opening season as a full-time member, Nevin scored 21 goals and earned 58 points and came second in voting behind Dave Keon as the top rookie for the Calder Trophy.
Dave Keon and Nevin, played on opposite teams in major-junior hockey before becoming teammates with the Leafs. Nevin was with the Toronto Marlboros and Keon with St. Michael’s, commenting on the loss of his friend, Keon said, “Nevin was a 200-foot player. When Frank Mahovlich scored 48 goals (in 1960-61), Nevy was the right winger on his line. He was very creative as a winger who made great plays to Frank and he was very responsible in his own end.”
Remembering Nevin, who is survived by his wife Linda and family, Keon recalled Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals in 1962 against Chicago. The Maple Leafs were one win shy of winning the Stanley Cup, one they eventually succeeding in winning.
Recalling their time playing together during the finals, Keon said, “We were leading 2-1 when Tim Horton took a penalty with a minute or so to go and Punch Imlach sent out Nevin and me and Bobby Baun and Carl Brewer on defense, with Don Simmons in goal. That’s the way the game ended. And I think that now only two of those five are still alive.”