The hockey world got some sad news on Monday morning when it was announced that former National Hockey League player Bob Nevin has died.
Nevin was best known for his time as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs where he formed a potent offensive trio with Red Kelly and Frank Mahovlich, a trio that would win a pair of Stanley Cups for that organization in 1962 and 1963. He even came very close to winning the Calder Trophy as a Maple Leaf during his rookie season, a season that saw him record 21 goals and 37 assists for 58 points over just 68 games, but he actually finished second in the voting behind his teammate Dave Keon.
Although he will be best remembered as a Leaf, Nevin had a lengthy career in the National Hockey League that actually saw him play most of his seasons with the New York Rangers. Nevin played in 7 full seasons with the Rangers after being traded to that organization by the Leafs, and after his time in New York he would add 2 more seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, and 3 more seasons with the Los Angeles Kings before leaving the NHL altogether. His final NHL totals when it was all said and done had him at 1128 games, 307 goals and 219 assists for 726 career points in the league. Despite playing in over 1100 games in the league Nevin accumulated just 211 penalty minutes over his career.
In his final season Nevin actually played for the Edmonton Oilers, but he did so in the WHA at the time.
Although the loss of any former player is always a sad day for hockey fans, especially for those who grew up watching the players in question, we can take some comfort in the fact that Nevin was 82 years old when he passed. He lived a long life and it was one in which he achieved quite literally the most prestigious accomplishment in his chosen profession on two separate occasions.
Our thoughts at this time are with the Nevin family, Bob's loved ones, and all of his friends, and we extend our condolences to all of them.