June 28, 1923|
Fort William, ON, CAN
|Died||November 18, 2010
Burlington, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Toronto Maple Leafs
Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
Born in Fort William, Ontario, Stewart was called from the minors in 1942 to play in one game of the Stanley Cup Finals, where he helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win the Stanley Cup. The next season, Stewart won the 1942–43 Calder Memorial Trophy, beating out Maurice 'The Rocket' Richard of the Montreal Canadiens. He became the first player to win the Stanley Cup before the Calder. Danny Grant, Tony Esposito and Ken Dryden have accomplished the feat since then.
After spending two years in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II, Stewart returned to the NHL in 1945 and had his best season, leading the league with 37 goals - the last time a Leaf led the League in goals. Stewart won his second Stanley Cup, again with the Maple Leafs, in 1946–47. Toronto traded Stewart to Chicago early in the 1947–48 season in a deal that brought Max Bentley to the Leafs. Stewart had three 20-goal seasons for the Black Hawks before finishing his career with stints with the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens. In all, Gaye Stewart played for five of the NHL's Original Six teams, all except the Boston Bruins. He played 502 career NHL games, scoring 185 goals and 159 assists for 344 points. Stewart died on November 18, 2010, in a hospital in Burlington, Ontario, at the age of 87.
Awards and achievements
- Stanley Cup champion in 1942 and 1947.
- Calder Memorial Trophy winner in 1943.
- Selected to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1946.
- Selected to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 1948.
- Played in 1947, 1948, 1950 and 1951 NHL All-Star Games.
- Selected to the AHL First All-Star Team in 1954.
- Last member of the Toronto Maple Leafs to lead the NHL in goals with 37 in 1946.
|1939–40||Port Arthur Bruins||TBJHL||16||17||6||23||18||5||8||2||10||4|
|1941–42||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||—||—||—||—||—||1||0||0||0||0|
|1942–43||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||48||24||23||47||20||4||0||2||2||4|
|1945–46||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||50||37||15||52||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|1946–47||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||60||19||14||33||15||—||—||—||—||—|
|1947–48||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||7||1||0||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1947–48||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||54||26||29||55||83||—||—||—||—||—|
|1948–49||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||54||20||18||38||57||—||—||—||—||—|
|1949–50||Chicago Black Hawks||NHL||70||24||19||43||43||—||—||—||—||—|
|1950–51||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||67||18||13||31||18||6||0||2||2||4|
|1951–52||New York Rangers||NHL||69||15||25||40||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|1952–53||New York Rangers||NHL||18||1||1||2||8||—||—||—||—||—|
- Gaye Stewart's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Gaye Stewart Interview
- Gaye Stewart's Day with the Stanley Cup
|Winner of the Calder Trophy
August 'Gus' Bodnar
|Chicago Black Hawks captain