TORONTO – Gaye Stewart, a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 1942 and 1947 Stanley Cup winning teams, has died.
Stewart was 87.
“Our organization is saddened by the passing of Gaye Stewart. On behalf of everyone with the Maple Leafs, I extend our condolences and prayers to Gaye’s family and friends,” Leafs president and GM Brian Burke said in a statement.
Stewart became just the second Maple Leafs player to capture the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year, winning the honour in the 1942-43 season.
The winger’s most productive season in Toronto came in 1945-’46 when he scored a league-high 37 goals while leading the team with 52 points in 50 games. The former Toronto Marlboro would go on to play for Chicago, Detroit, New York Rangers and Montreal during his National Hockey League career before retiring in 1955.
Stewart recorded 81 goals and 52 assists for 133 points in 165 regular-season games for Toronto. The Fort William, Ont., native collected two goals and seven assists in 18 playoff games during the Toronto’s dynamic 1940’s era.