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Former NHL player Gaye Stewart dies

Friday, 11.19.2010 / 2:40 PM / News

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Former NHL player Gaye Stewart dies
Gaye Stewart, who won two Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs and beat out Rocket Richard for the Calder Trophy in 1942-43, has died at age 87. The Toronto Sun reported that he passed away Thursday night at a hospital in Burlington, Ont.

Stewart got a one-game call-up from the Leafs during the 1942 Stanley Cup Final, making him part of the squad that rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to beat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games. He was still eligible for the Calder Trophy the following season and beat out Rocket Richard for the award by scoring 24 goals and putting up 47 points in 48 games.

After two years in the Canadian Navy, Stewart returned to the NHL in 1945 and had his best season, leading the NHL with 37 goals -- no Leaf has led the League in scoring since then. He had 19 goals and 33 points in 1946-47, then added 2 goals and 7 points in the playoffs as the Leafs won the Cup.

Toronto traded him to Chicago early in the 1947-48 season in a deal that brought Max Bentley to the Leafs, and he had three 20-goal seasons for the Hawks before finishing his career with stints in Detroit, New York and Montreal. He retired in 1955 with 185 goals and 344 points in 502 games.
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