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With the 454th pick in ATD2011, The Regina Pats are pleased to select:

Bob Nevin, RW

- 6'0", 185 lbs
- Stanley Cup (1962, 1963)
- Placed 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th in RW All-Star Voting
- Top-20 in Goals 4 Times (7th, 12th, 14th, 14th)
- Top-20 in Assists Twice (10th, 13th)
- Top-20 in Points 3 Times (8th, 12th, 19th)
- Top-20 in ESP 4 Times (9th, 11th, 11th, 16th)
- Killed 45% of his team's penalties post-expansion
- NY Rangers' Captain for 6 seasons (1965-1971)

Originally Posted by
Right-winger Bob Nevin played over 1,100 NHL games for four different NHL teams. He was a fine playmaker and goals scorer who could also check and lead by example on the ice.

Nevin scored 21 goals as a rookie in 1960-61 and finished runner-up in the Calder trophy voting to teammate Dave Keon. The hard working forward played solid two-way hockey for the Leafs playing with Red Kelly and Frank Mahovlich and helped them win the Stanley Cup in 1962 and 1963. In February 1964 he was part of the package assembled to acquire star forward Andy Bathgate from the New York Rangers.

Nevin played over seven years in New York and topped the 20-goal mark five times. He helped the Blueshirts become one of the top outfits in the NHL and registered 107 points in 1970-71. A respected leader on the ice and in the dressing room, Nevin began a six-year run as team captain in 1965-66. His finest season for New York came in 1968-69 when he scored 31 goals playing on a line with Dave Balon and Walt Tkaczuk.

In May 1971, Nevin was sent to the Minnesota North Stars for Bobby Rousseau and provided leadership and sound two-way play for his new club. On June 13, 1973, he was claimed by the Los Angeles Kings in the Reverse Draft and hit the 20-goal mark for the first time in three years. The next year he registered a personal best 72 points as the Kings set a franchise record with 105 points. Nevin scored 55 points the next season before jumping to the WHA.
Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
Bob Nevin was a long time NHL right winger, playing in over 1100 career games. He was a fine two way forward who was noted for his gentlemanly play, picking up just 211 penalty minutes in his lengthy career.

...Nevin's childhood dream of playing for the Leafs came true at the conclusion of the 1957-58 season when he was called up for a 4 game stint. However the next two seasons Nevin would spend apprenticing in the minor leagues with AHL Rochester.

Nevin's first full NHL season was in 1960-61. He had a strong year, scoring 21 goals and 58 points. However his sophomore season would be one not to forget. Though his scoring totals dipped to 15 goals and 45 points, Nevin helped the Leafs capture the Stanley Cup!

"We beat New York in the semi-finals and then we were in a really tough series with Chicago, who had won the Cup the previous year. And we managed to beat them in Game Six at Chicago Stadium, which was a tough feat considering all the noise and atmosphere in that building. So in terms of winning the Stanley Cup and doing it right in Chicago, that was a real big thrill because that was probably the hardest place at that time to win an away game.”

Any Stanley Cup championship team will tell you the only thing harder than winning the Cup is defending it. But the Leafs did that successfully in 1962-63. Nevin actually thought it was easier though.

“The second one was relatively easier, not that any of them are easy. But the second one, I think we beat Montreal in five games in the semi-finals and we beat Detroit in five games in the Finals. So in 10 playoff games, we only lost two so we had a pretty dynamite team that year. We had a pretty strong team and we figured if we kept the team together we could win a number of Cups in the early ‘60s.”

The Leafs did go on to win their share of Cups throughout the sixties, but the team was not kept in tact. Halfway during the 1963-64 season Nevin was traded with Rod Seiling, Dick Duff, Arnie Brown and Bill Collins to the New York Rangers. In return the Leafs got Don McKenney and superstar Andy Bathgate.

Nevin, who was one of the earliest players to wear contacts while playing, enjoyed 7 1/2 seasons in New York. He got more ice time and an increased role than he did on the veteran Maple Leafs team. He scored 20 goals in all but one season, and tapped in a career high 31 in 1968-69.

Nevin looked back on his Rangers days with a special fondness.

“Well, initially it was a big shock (to be traded) because I had grown up in Toronto and a lot of the guys on the Leafs I had played junior with and we had a pretty special relationship with all the guys on that Toronto team. And initially when I got the phone call that I had been traded it was a pretty big blow. It took me a while to adjust from living in Toronto to New York. But I got traded in late ’64 and the fall of ’64, the next year, they made me the team captain. So that obviously was a great thrill to be captain of a team in a six-team league. That was a pretty special time for me in my career.”

The Rangers traded Nevin to Minnesota for Bobby Rousseau for the 1971-72 season. Nevin didn't have his best years in Minnesota. Over 2 seasons he scored just 20 goals and 52 points. In his final year he had just 5 goals and was a -12. Many expected Nevin's career was over.

However the Los Angeles Kings thought Nevin could offer something to their team, and took a chance by selecting Nevin in the annual Reversal Draft. Nevin responded by posting three great seasons, including a career high 72 points in 1974-75 at the age of 36.

“I loved my time in L.A. I had my old teammate from junior and with the Leafs, Bob Pulford, who was the coach and he was doing a real good job. In Fact, the one year, we finished with 105 points. We had a really good team. We had Butch Goring, Danny Maloney, Rogie Vachon, and Terry Harper and Bob Murdoch were on defence. Mike Murphy was also playing then. Actually, I really enjoyed my time in L.A. I’m an enthusiastic golfer and, as someone who likes to drive convertibles, it worked out pretty good out there!”
Originally Posted by Into the Empty Net
Nevin was a cagey specialist who lulled you to sleep and then made you pay for your attention to flashier players... The man is unflappable, which is probably the reason he's considered a consummate pro. By other Pros.… That's the way he played the game, not showy or presumptuous, nothing flashy or head turning, only a player very much aware of his place, very much concerned with the details of his assignment. After Alex Delvecchio, he may have been the most underrated forward in the game. His hockey career is a study of making the most of the hand dealt.

The first thing you notice about his stat sheet is the decided lack of asterisks and ABCs, which is the NHL's way of indicating All-Star selections trophies, and awards. The figures are steady and consistent, but the story isn't in the numbers until you get near the end of his NHL career, and even then it's up to the reader to discern the true value of the player. At 6 feet and 190 pounds, he was also a contradiction in appearance, both on and off the ice, in that he look taller but not as heavy. Lanky was the descriptive word. Yet over his career he average 70 games a season. He played in every regular-season game in three years, and all of those after he was 30. Given the nature of the game, he was durable by anyone's standards.

His considerable ability, and his attitude, allowed him to change with the needs of the team and lead younger players by example. As I got to know him better, I came to understand that even as a young player in his 20s, Nevin was considered by teammates, including some with a few years on them, to be a veteran, the prototype of a professional player. Though not possessing a great gun as a shooter, he relied on the accuracy of an adequate wrist shot, a great pair of deft hands, and the puck sense that not only made him a dangerous player around the net, but a gifted defensive skater who could position himself quickly. In a word, he was reliable. In any situation.

... Nevin stepped onto New York Ranger team that had only mouthed occasional burps of playoff aspirations for years, and the situation would not turn around overnight. The Rangers finished fifth in his first full season. Still, his unassuming leadership quality saw him made captain of the Rangers derelict ship almost from the day he arrived.

.. In Los Angeles, Nevin contributed a workmanlike 20 goals and 30 assists the first time around. In 1974 he was lined up with Butch Goring and Dan Maloney and things began to happen. The Kings finished second in the division, fourth overall, with their first and only century mark, 105 points. The team set club records for most points, most ties, fewest losses, fewest goals-against, most shutouts, longest road winning streak, and longest undefeated streak. At the age of 37, Nevin had a career year. If anything, the recollection of that season showed the priorities of the man. He never mentioned that it was his best personal Mark.

"Pulford put us together at training camp, and we just went from there. We were out against the best in the league: the French connection in Buffalo, Bucyk's line in Boston, Lafleur in Montréal. That was our job, to shut down the big lines, and we had a lot of success. The Kings had the second lowest goals-against in the NHL. Only Philadelphia was better, but while we were checking them, they forgot about us... Our line was a +38 against the toughest guys in the league. That was the most satisfying thing about the whole season... Butch was the wheels, Danny was the brawn… That's right, and I was the brains. "

... The following year, the goal production dropped to 13, although his assists were on the money at 42… He was the same 6 foot, 190 pounder he had been when he came into the league, and over three seasons had only missed eight games out of 240 played by the Kings, and he was still checking the best left-wingers in the league.

even more of a clue to where he's at came with the answer to my question about what personal memorable incidents recalled about the two Stanley Cup victories in Toronto. "The first one we played against the Hawks. " I sat back smugly, thinking I was going to hear a tale about a big goal, maybe a winner... The two teams have battled back-and-forth, the wide-open play of 15 a thing of the past, and in an anxious and tense affair until Dick Duff, trying to get out of his own end, lost the puck and Bobby Hull slammed the miscue into the first goal near the 5 min. mark of the third. Police were forced to stand around for at least 10 min. as the raucous, celebrating Chicago fans littered the ice with programs and debris… When play resumed Nevin took the wind out of the Windy City with the goal to tie it up moments later. Then Duff, making up for his mistake, to the fans of the game entirely with the goal that would add to his growing legend as a clutch player, and proved to be the winner. But the drama was far from over. Toronto took a penalty with 1 min. and 30 seconds to go in the third period... In typical Imlach fashion, he called Two Players to Kill the Penalty. "I Heard Punch Call out Dave Keon's Name , then mine. We went out for the face-off with Carl Brewer and Bobby Baun. I recall looking up at the clock. I can still see the numbers – 2-1 - and the time left against the blackhawk power-play... Anyway, we won the cup." Plain and simple. No qualifier, no Toronto window dressing. I sat there waiting for the punchline, at least some explanation other than the obvious victory, as to why this was a moment to remember. "It was the single most important memory of my career. Dave and I – second-year players, rookie he, being trusted out there in that situation. I've never forgotten the moment and what it meant to me."
Originally Posted by The Rangers, the Bruins, and the End of an Era – a Tribute to a Great Rivalry
Lynn Patrick, in the New York Times, said, "we got two established hard checking forwards in Nevin and Duff, +3 of the greatest prospect in Canada. We still think we can make the playoffs…"

Emile Francis: "I'll tell you about Bob Nevin. He was the best two-way player that ever played for me. We got him from Toronto and I mean, here we are, the Rangers had missed the playoffs 9/10 years and I played the **** out of Bob Nevin, Don Marshall, and Phil Goyette. Bob Nevin, Don Marshall killed all the penalties, they were always the three guys I had on the power play and I mean, I just wore them out… I wore the **** out of these guys because I knew I had to turn the team around but we had to get into the playoffs to turn the team around. And when you put Don Marshall and Bob Nevin out there to kill a penalty, I tell you they did a job. But then, usually like, you know, you may be just killed a penalty and the next thing you know the other team gets a penalty and you had to put those guys right back out on the power play.… Marshall and Nevin were the two best penalty killers.

Don Marshall: "Bobby Nevin, around the other side, same thing, up-and-down player, could check and could score goals."

Mike Murphy: "...Bob Nevin, who I played with for three or four years in Los Angeles, really helped me with my game, teaching me the art of defense, you know, locking the middle, putting your stick in the right place, using your brain not your body all the time. So I would attribute a lot of my success to them."
Originally Posted by Open Ice – the Tim Horton Story
Nevin had impressed Tim as the most dependable right-winger he had played behind.
Originally Posted by '67 - The Maple Leafs, Their Sensational Victory, and the End of an Empire
Armstrong, the captain of the leafs, said the Bathgate trade was a telling mistake even though they won the 1964 cup. "At the time, we were disappointed to see Duff and Nevin go, but in Bathgate we thought we were getting the next Gordie Howe. We were wrong. We discovered that both Duff and Nevin were better team guys been Bathgate. In New York, their system was set up to feed Bathgate, but the leafs played as a team. We all liked and he and he is a Hall of Famer, but we won in spite of that trade. He didn't fit in with the leafs system like he had with the Ranger system."
Originally Posted by The Power of Two
it was the practices that Brewer found particularly the moralizing and exhausting – physically as well as emotionally. Many of the leafs, who found themselves needing to rest up to prepare for games, shared this viewpoint. Bob Nevin, another teammate and longtime friend, looks back on the practices and calls them stupid – "stupid because they were so tough." Bob felt the practices were physically draining, and he remembers that it hindered his play in games. "There were a lot of times when, during the games, I had openings to make a bigger plate, but I had to move back because I knew I didn't have the stamina to carry it out." Nevin believes that he, too, would have been a much better hockey player had it not been for the grueling workouts – especially the ones held on game days. On one occasion, Bob remembers punch ordering him to stay behind after practice and skate 200 laps around the ice. "To this day, I have no idea what I did to incur such wrath from punch, nor have I any idea why or how this exercise was supposed to make me a better hockey player!"

... Brewer's hero in his hockey playing days was his old friend and teammate, Bob Nevin. He admired Nevin's laid-back approach to hockey – and life in general – and he used to joke to Bob, "if I'd have been more like you and you'd been more like me, we both would've been great!"
Originally Posted by Toronto Maple Leafs: Diary Of a Dynasty 1957-1967
Both Toronto and Chicago shadowed their opponent's top gun, Toronto used Eddie Shack and Bob Nevin to blanket Bobby Hull...

Duff and Nevin had been part of the Leafs' organization for years, and were extremely popular with their teammates. Bob Pulford admitted, "I thought it was a bad trade. Duff and Nevin were great players and when the playoffs came, you knew that they were going to be there."
Originally Posted by Bobby Baun - Lowering the Boom
On the forward lines, behind Armstrong on RW we had Ron Stewart and Bob Nevin. Stewie was a great skater and backchecker. Nevin wasn't quite as quick, but he thought each play through. Each were excellent checkers, and both were capable of 20 goals.

...Imlach sure shook up the team, and we were not one bit pleased. I think everyone on that team would agree that Duff and Nevin should never have been let go... when it came to checking, Nevvie was the number one RW in the league. I didn't care what Andy could do, and Don McKenney was a nice guy, but he was nowhere near the calibre of the two guys we lost.
Originally Posted by Checking Back
the Rangers meanwhile had just gotten by the leafs in six games, winning the last on an overtime goal by Bob Nevin, their veteran "mountain goat," who would turn his shoulder into body checking defenseman and rarely lose his balance or his feet.
Originally Posted by Fischler's Hockey Encyclopedia
Bob Nevin once objected when a reporter described his skating style as "comatose" Nevin was an efficient checking forward who played online with Frank Mahovlich and red Kelly for the Maple leafs starting in the 1961 season…
Originally Posted by a thinking man's guide to Pro hockey
another successful checking line was dubbed "The Old Smoothies". This was a Ranger trio of Phil Goyette, Bob Nevin, and Don Marshall. They were together four years. Unlike Sanderson's line, which had more enthusiasm than experience, the smoothies did their job matter-of-factly, rarely rattled. They made few mistakes. Each of the players was accomplished defensively, and each plate is positioned perfectly. It wasn't an exciting line to watch, but it got the job done.
Originally Posted by Years of Glory – the National Hockey League's Official Book of the Six Team Era
it was the play of Toronto's Frank Mahovlich that delightedly fans during the 1961 season. With Kelly delivering perfect passes and Nevin digging the puck out of corners, Toronto's lanky left-winger was well on his way to 50 goals…
Originally Posted by Hockey's Glory Days – The 1950s and 60s
Nevin was an efficient checking forward who earned regular duty with the Maple leafs in 1961. Playing right wing on a line with Frank Mahovlich and red Kelly, Nevin's hard work in the corners helped Mahovlich set a league record with 48 goals that season… Most experts thought his career was over when he followed this up with a pair of poor seasons after 1971 trade to Minnesota, but Nevin regained his form with the Los Angeles Kings. He scored 31 goals again in 1975 and established a career-high 72 points in his 17th NHL season.
Originally Posted by The Leafs – the First 50 Years
it was said that Bob Nevin was the man who made Frank Mahovlich click. Playing on a line with Frank and red Kelly, Nevin and 37 assists in his first full season with Toronto the same year that Mahovlich scored his 48 goals. When you consider that Nevin scored 21 goals that year, it becomes obvious Mahovlich and Nevin went a long way towards helping each other… Bob Nevin was a remarkable and modest man, a player that could always be counted on to work to the best of his ability. According to Scott young, "if anyone had to raise his son to be a hockey player, Nevin is one he could use as a pattern and never regret."
Originally Posted by Lord Stanley's cup
in game six of the 1962 finals, it was Bob Nevin's inspirational played that ignited leafs to victory. With the team down 1-0, he converted a Mahovlich pass to tie the game and then drew a penalty that led to a Dick Duff goal that won the cup in the third period.

Red Kelly gave Bob Nevin much credit for their success with linemate Frank Mahovlich: "he's much more important to the team than people realize. Without him, Frank and I wouldn't get so many goals."
Originally Posted by The New York Rangers – Broadway's Longest Running Hit
" Nevin was the guy we had to get in the Bathgate deal," said Francis, the Rangers assistant GM when the deal was made. Nevin became team captain within a year of arriving on Broadway, and was lauded by then coach Red Sullivan as, "the best captain I've ever played with or coached." Nevins offensive skills had taken a backseat in Toronto, where he spent much of his time as the defensive forward on a unit that included Frank Mahovlich and red Kelly
Originally Posted by Gilles Villemure's Tales From the Ranger Locker Room
Bob Nevin was captain of the New York Rangers when I got to the NHL on a full-time basis. The fans didn't always appreciate Bobby and they booed him a lot. But what a hockey player. He had hockey sense. Nevin never said anything, but I appreciated him. Every time I had the puck, I used to shoot the puck around the boards. I had two good guys for me – Billy Fairbairn and Bob Nevin. I didn't have to look; they were there. I've got the puck, guys are coming in, I shoot the puck around the boards to my right, and both those leaders would be there for me every time! On the outside, I was covered. I didn't have to worry about anything. Ever. Nevin could score – but he didn't have a big shot. He was skilled. The Rangers got him from Toronto in that big trade in 1964… You have to wonder if New York fans resented Nevin for replacing a popular guy like Bathgate, but Bob Nevin had a good career in New York and never let the fans bother him.
Originally Posted by Detroit Red Wings Greatest Moments and Players
the leafs also had Bob Nevin, an unobtrusive right wing, but one who excelled at all of a forward's basic skills.
Originally Posted by Hockey Is a Battle: P unch Imlach's Own Story
add to that the fact that Bob Nevin on right wing was a good playmaker himself, and excellent checker, and could score goals, and you had quite a line.
Originally Posted by Maple Leafs Top 100
the right winger had good size at 6 feet and 190 pounds, and he knew how to use it well, although not in an aggressive manner… Nevin was a nice complement to center red Kelly and left-winger Frank Mahovlich, and the line was one of the best in the league during 1961…
Originally Posted by Hockey's Golden Era – Stars of the Original Six
in Nevin's second and third year with the leafs, it captured two consecutive Stanley Cup's. He played a major checking role in both victories. Nevin developed into a tireless skater and one of the top defensive wingers in the league. His nose for the net made him a valuable and consistent two-way forward.
Originally Posted by The Official NHL 75th Anniversary Commemorative Book
Bobby Hull himself cites Eddie Westfall of the Boston Bruins, Bob Nevin of Toronto and the Rangers, and Montréal's Claude Provost as perhaps his three most effective, and respected shadows.
Originally Posted by Hockey Scrapbook, 1969, by Frank Orr
Any time a list of the "complete" players in the National Hockey League is compiled, New York Ranger right winger Bob Nevin is at or near the top.
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey 1972
a consistent 20 goal man, he missed that plateau only twice after going to the New York Rangers from Toronto in 1964… Was captain of the Rangers… Soft-spoken but efficient and one of the best checking forwards in NHL… Also frequently used as a penalty killer because of his outstanding defensive work… Although noted primarily for his defense, he is only three points shy of a career total of 500… Not appreciated as much by the fans as he is by his teammates and other hockey players… New York coach Emile Francis calls him the best two-way player in the league.
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey 1973
efficient two-way performer who plays the game at both ends of the ice… Spent seven seasons as Capt. of the Rangers after coming over from Toronto… Excellent penalty killer… Only 12 goals short of 254 his career, a remarkable accomplishment considering that he has always been primarily a defensive minded playerAlways assigned to opposition's most dangerous score… An honest, two-way performer whose plus minus ratio is usually among the best in the league
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey 1976
he gets older, and better… Lead Kings in goals, assists and points last season… Only two years ago he wasn't considered good enough to play for Minnesota… GM Jake Milford told coach Bob Pulford at training camp, "if Nevin makes our club, we won't be very good."… Nevin wound up scoring 50 points and pairing with Butch Goring as a slick penalty killing unit.
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook of Pro Hockey 1977
skeptics have given up predicting the end of this veterans usefulness… Northstars abandoned him and since then he's had three solid seasons with the Kings… Was voted most inspirational LA player in 1975… Played on same line as Bob Pulford with Toronto's 1962 and 63 Stanley Cup champions.
Originally Posted by Fischler's All-Time Book of Hockey Lists
10 best defensive forwards:
#6: Bob Nevin during the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff winning reign of the early 1960s, Nevin's work on right wing went unheralded by the masses, but not by general manager – coach punch Imlach.

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