Ron Stewart

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For the former Canadian football player, see Ron Stewart (Canadian football). For the Member of Canadian Parliament, see Ronald Stewart . For The member of Nova Scotia government, see Ron Stewart (politician).
Ron Stewart
Ron Stewart Maple Leafs Ralston Purina card.JPG
Born (1932-07-11)July 11, 1932
Calgary, AB, CAN
Died March 17, 2012(2012-03-17) (aged 79)
Kelowna, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Vancouver Canucks
St. Louis Blues
Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1952–1973

Ronald George Stewart (July 11, 1932 – March 17, 2012) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1952 to 1973, as well as an NHL coach.[1]

Early career[edit]

After growing up in Alberta, Stewart moved to Ontario as a teen to participate in the Ontario Hockey Association, then the top ranked junior league. He won the Memorial Cup in 1952 with the Guelph Biltmores.

NHL player[edit]

Stewart played thirteen seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs, taking part with them in three Stanley Cup championships in the early 1960s. After his time in Toronto, he spent two seasons with the Boston Bruins (1965-1966, 1966-1967). He was chosen by the St. Louis Blues in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft, before being traded to the New York Rangers in that same season. He spent part of the 1971-1972 season with the Vancouver Canucks, but returned briefly to the Rangers. He spent his final year, 1972-1973, with the New York Islanders.

Death of Terry Sawchuk[edit]

After the 1969–1970 season ended, Stewart and Rangers teammate Terry Sawchuk, both of whom had been drinking, argued over expenses for the house they rented together on Long Island, New York. Sawchuk suffered severe internal injuries during the scuffle from falling on top of Stewart's bent knee. At Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Sawchuk's gallbladder was removed and he had a second operation on his damaged and bleeding liver. The press described the incident as "horseplay," and Sawchuk told the police that he accepted full responsibility for the events. At New York Hospital in Manhattan, another operation was performed on Sawchuk's bleeding liver. He never recovered and died shortly thereafter from a pulmonary embolism on May 31, 1970 at the age of 40. The last reporter to speak to him, a little over a week before his death, was Shirley Fischler (wife of Stan Fischler), who went to see him in the hospital as a visitor, not identifying herself as a reporter. Sawchuk told her the incident with Stewart "was just a fluke, a complete fluke accident." Fischler described him as "so pale and thin that the scars had almost disappeared from his face."[2] A Nassau County grand jury exonerated Stewart and ruled that Sawchuk's death was accidental.[3]

Coaching[edit]

After retiring from play, Stewart coached, most notably working with the Rangers in 1975-1976 and the Los Angeles Kings in 1977-1978.

Retirement[edit]

Stewart spent his latter years in British Columbia and Arizona. He had three children by his first wife, Barbara. He died of cancer in 2012.[4]

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish Result
New York Rangers 1975-76 39 15 20 4 (34) 4th in Patrick (fired)
Los Angeles Kings 1977-78 80 31 34 15 77 3rd in Norris Lost in Preliminary Round
Total 119 46 54 19

Teams as player[edit]

  • 1951–52: Barrie Flyers (OHA), 29 games
  • 1951–52: Toronto Marlboros (OHA), 21 games
  • 1951–52: Guelph Biltmores (OHA), 12 playoff games
  • 1952–65: Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
  • 1965–67: Boston Bruins (NHL)
  • 1967–68: St. Louis Blues (NHL), 19 games
  • 1967–68: New York Rangers (NHL), 55 games
  • 1968–71: New York Rangers (NHL)
  • 1971–72: Providence Reds (AHL), 18 games
  • 1971–72: Vancouver Canucks (NHL), 42 games
  • 1971–73: New York Rangers (NHL),
  • 1972–73: New York Islanders (NHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legends of Hockey - Ron Stewart". National Hockey League Players Association. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ Shirley Fischler, "Last Interview," Hockey Illustrated (Nov. 1970), pp. 21-23.
  3. ^ John A. Drobnicki, "Sawchuk, Terrance Gordon ('Terry')," in The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Thematic Series: Sports Figures (Scribner's, 2002), Vol. 2, pp. 335-336.
  4. ^ Hornsby, Lance (2012-03-22). "Leafs Cup winner Ron Stewart dies". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 

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Preceded by
Emile Francis
Head coach of the New York Rangers
1975-76
Succeeded by
John Ferguson, Sr.
Preceded by
Bob Pulford
Head coach of the Los Angeles Kings
1977-78
Succeeded by
Bob Berry