Former Maple Leafs F Stewart, 87, dies

Published Nov. 19, 2010 12:00 a.m. ET

Gaye Stewart, a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs' Stanley Cup championship teams in 1942 and 1947 has died. He was 87.

The Maple Leafs announced Stewart's death on Friday night.

In 1943, Stewart became just the second Maple Leafs player to win the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.

''Our organization is saddened by the passing of Gaye Stewart,'' Brian Burke, the Maple Leafs' president and general manager said in a statement. ''On behalf of everyone with the Maple Leafs, I extend our condolences and prayers to Gaye's family and friends.''

The forward's most productive season in Toronto came in 1945-46 when he scored a league-high 37 goals while leading the Maple Leafs with 52 points in 50 games. The former Toronto Marlboro also played for Chicago, Detroit, the New York Rangers and Montreal during his NHL career. He retired in 1955.

Stewart recorded 81 goals and 52 assists in 165 regular-season games for Toronto. The Ontario native had two goals and seven assists in 18 playoff games.