March 15, 1960|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
Toronto Maple Leafs|
Minnesota North Stars
74th overall, 1980|
Toronto Maple Leafs
Gavin was selected 74th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. Gavin played 768 career NHL games, scoring 130 goals and 156 assists for 286 points. His best season was in 1985–86 when he scored 26 goals and 55 points with the Hartford Whalers. A knee injury forced Gavin into early retirement in 1993, though he did stage a one season comeback in the IHL in 1994. After retiring, Gavin entered business, and in 2003 founded his own firm, known as Gavin Management Group.
Gavin played minor hockey in the OHA, mostly with the Toronto Marlboros, save for one game during the 1976–77 season, which was spent with the Ottawa 67's, who would win the league championship that year (though Gavin did not play the minimum games requirement to be considered part of the championship team). A 57 point campaign in his final season of OHA action caught the eyes of scouts from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the team drafted Gavin in the fourth round, 74th overall during the 1980 NHL draft.
Gavin made the NHL the year following his draft, but after 14 games was sent down to the Maple Leafs minor league AHL affiliate, the New Brunswick Hawks to refine his play. Beginning next season, Gavin would play in more and more games for Toronto, and by 1983, he had become the team's designated checker and solidified a role on the penalty kill. Despite improving play from Gavin, the Maple Leafs struggled during his tenure, and in 1984–85 finished last in the entire league. Seeking to improve the team's defensive core after the last-place finish, Gavin was traded to the Hartford Whalers for defenceman Chris Kotsopoulos on October 7, 1985. His first season is Hartford was his best professional season statistically, as he scored 55 points playing in 76 contests. Gavin would spent a total of three seasons with the Whalers before being claimed by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1988 NHL Waiver Draft. Gavin continued his role as a defensive forward with the North Stars, and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1991. However, he injured his knee in 1993, and on the recommendation of his doctors, retired as a player.
Upon retirement, Gavin took a position as a scout. However, his knee was responding to treatment better than he expected, and Gavin came out of retirement prior to the 1994–95 season to stage a comeback with the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, he never played above the minor-league IHL, and upon completion of his lone season in the IHL, Gavin retired for a second time.
Post hockey career
During his 15-year professional hockey career, Gavin recognized the need for a program that would ensure that an athlete’s business affairs were organized and that their interests were protected. Therefore, after his retirement from hockey, Gavin sought to develop this program. After gaining experience at a Bay Street firm, completing numerous industry-related courses and achieving the Certified Financial Planner designation, Gavin founded the Gavin Management Group in 2003. With over 18 years of practice in financial management, insurance and tax planning, Gavin's roster of clients include professional athletes and leaders in the corporate community. Gavin has also served as the president of the Toronto Maple Leafs Alumni Association, and remains on their board of directors, where the association’s efforts have raised more than $4,000,000 for various charitable and gift giving endeavours. Gavin continues to be active on the ice, playing with the alumni at charity events throughout the season; and, is also a member of the Masonic Lodge. In his leisure time, Stew enjoys his private pilot licence, golf and relaxing on his farm in the Ottawa Valley with his family.
Gavin has two children, Taylor (b. November 24, 1993) and Max (b. 1989), both mothered by ex-wife, Phyllis Ellis (former Olympic field hockey player and current television actor and producer).
|1980–81||New Brunswick Hawks||AHL||46||7||12||19||42||13||1||0||1||2|
|1980–81||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||14||1||2||3||13||—||—||—||—||—|
|1981–82||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||38||5||6||11||29||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||St. Catharines Saints||AHL||6||2||4||6||17||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982–83||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||63||6||5||11||44||4||0||0||0||0|
|1983–84||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||80||10||22||32||90||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||73||12||13||25||38||—||—||—||—||—|
|1988–89||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||73||8||18||26||34||5||3||1||4||10|
|1989–90||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||80||12||13||25||76||7||0||2||2||12|
|1990–91||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||38||4||4||8||36||21||3||10||13||20|
|1991–92||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||35||5||4||9||27||7||0||0||0||6|
|1992–93||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||63||10||8||18||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|1994–95||Kansas City Blades||IHL||18||2||2||4||32||—||—||—||—||—|