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03-03-2012, 02:15 PM
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This guy was my backup plan for second line glue guy if Bruce Stuart was taken. He's something of a two-season wonder, but with the number of one-season wonder glue guys who find themselves on scoring lines, I'm surprised he wasn't taken yet.

Swamp Devils continue stockpiling players named "Stuart" or "Stewart"

Gaye Stewart, LW (no relation to Jack)

Originally Posted by Joe Pelletier
He was a fine stickhandler, aggressive but clean in his play and perhaps the best skater of his day
Awards and Achievements
  • Calder Trophy in 1942-43
  • 1st Team All Star in 1945-46
  • 2nd Team All Star in 1947-48
  • NHL All Star Games in 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951
  • Stanley Cups in 1942 and 1947
  • Captain of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1949-49
  • AHL First All-Star Team in 1954.
  • Last member of the Toronto Maple Leafs to lead the NHL in goals with 37 in 1946.

Points: 2nd, 4th, 16th, 16th, 20th
Goals: 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 17th
Assists: 6th, 18th

Originally Posted by legends of hockey
In 1942-43, Stewart completed his first full season as a Leaf and outdid rookie Rocket Richard to take the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie of that year. From there, he left the NHL to join the military during World War II. He served in the Canadian Navy along the St. Lawrence River until the conflict's end.

In 1945-46, Stewart rejoined the Leafs on a line with fellow Fort William natives XXX and XXX. The trio became known as "The Flying Forts" and their strong chemistry helped power Stewart to the top of the league in goals scored with 37 on the season. Surprisingly, no Leaf has led the NHL in goals scored for a single campaign since then.

Stewart and "The Flying Forts" helped lift the Leafs to a Stanley Cup victory in 1946-47. After the start of the following season, however, the trio was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in an exchange that brought Max Bentley to Toronto.

In the Windy City, Stewart continued to perform as a solid winger with a touch around the net. He played parts of three seasons with the club before his offensive numbers began to slip. As such, he began to circulate more, first with the Detroit Red Wings, then the New York Rangers, and finally, the Montreal Canadiens.
Fun fact: Gaye Stewart was called up during the 1942 Stanley Cup finals and won the Cup. He won the Calder Trophy the following year over fellow rookie Maurice Richard. This would make him the first player to win the Stanley Cup before winning the Calder Trophy.

Newspaper quotes:

Originally Posted by Leaf's Scout George Walker
Gaye was a star in his first NHL game
The Ottawa Citizen, May 2, 1945

Originally Posted by Edmonton Journal, Nov 20, 1945
Gaye Stewart, a sharp-shooting left winger... is the silver lining in Toronto's hockey clouds. The 22 year old speed merchant is picking up where he left off when he left the National Hockey League two years ago after a spectacular rookie campaign to join the Royal Canadian Navy

Tom Johnson and Gaye Stewart had tangled and each was given a penalty for roughing
The Montreal Gazette, Apr 3, 1951

Gordie Howe's first fight was against Gaye Stewart Source

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