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The NHL stated he passed away early Monday but did not give a cause.Nevin played
1,128 NHL video games with Toronto, New York, Minnesota and Los Angeles, amounting to 726 points (307 objectives, 419 assists) while putting together just 211 penalty minutes.
“His sincere, two-way play and leadership earned him the respect and admiration of teammates and fans alike,” the Rangers said on Twitter.
Bob Nevin won the Stanley Cup in 1962 and ’63 while with the Maple Leafs. B Bennett/Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images
Nevin, one of the very first NHL players to use contact lenses, was part of among hockey’s more surreal minutes. Throughout a 1962 video game with Toronto in Chicago, he lost a lens. Time was called, and players and authorities dropped to their knees to scour the ice, searching for the stubborn lens. It never turned up.He played his first complete NHL season in 1960-61, scoring 21 objectives as a rookie and ending up runner-up to Maple Leafs teammate Dave Keon in the Calder Prize voting.Nevin helped the Maple Leafs win Stanley Cup titles in 1962 and 1963 prior to being dealt to the Rangers together with Arnie Brown, Expense Collins, Penis Duff and Rod Seiling in a smash hit trade that sent out star winger Andy Bathgate and forward Don McKenney to Toronto.While Bathgate helped the Maple Leafs win another champion in 1964, Nevin became a fundamental part of the Rangers, acting as captain of the group from 1965 to 1971. He helped the underachieving club end a
four-year playoff drought in 1967. He led the Rangers to their first series win in 21 years in 1971, when New york city beat the Leafs 4-2 in the quarterfinals.Nevin was dealt to the North Stars before the 1971-72 season and spent 2 seasons in Minnesota prior to joining Los Angeles. His profession was renewed in his 3 seasons with the Kings. He had his highest-scoring project in his next-to-last NHL season– 31 objectives and 41 assists with Los Angeles in 1974-75. Nevin signed up with the World Hockey Association’s Edmonton Oilers for the 1976-77 season however broke a collarbone 13 video games into the season and retired.Nevin was from South Porcupine, Ontario, and came to the Maple Leafs through junior hockey’s Toronto Marlboros. He lived in the Toronto area after his 19-year career.”Bob was ever-present at Leafs video games and within the
alumni community, “the Maple Leafs stated on Twitter. Survivors include his spouse, Linda.