Bob Nevin shares a common achievement with famous Leafs Ron Ellis and Wendel Clark. All three finished as the runner-up for the National Hockey League's Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year).
Nevin's first full season was 1960-61 when he had 21 goals and 58 points while playing on a line with greats Red Kelly and Frank Mahovlich. That season, he placed second on the Leafs in goals and assists (37) and third in points. Skilled two-way performer and teammate, Dave Keon, beat him out for the Calder Trophy.
Nevin made his Leafs debut on December 8, 1957 at Madison Square Garden and added another three appearances later that season. Two more games played occurred the following season before the Marlboros graduate and Rochester Americans sniper of the American Hockey League cracked the Leafs roster full-time in 1960-61. The right-winger made a major contribution to a pair of Stanley Cup wins in 1962 and 1963 for Toronto. A native of South Porcupine, Ontario, Nevin was a key part of a lineage of Leafs born in Northern Ontario that powered the 1960s Stanley Cup dynasty.
Nevin was dealt to the Rangers in a substantial multi-player trade on February 22, 1964. The transaction saw Dick Duff, Rod Seiling, Arnie Brown and Bill Collins also dealt to New York while Andy Bathgate and Don McKenney joined the Leafs just in time for the team's third straight Stanley Cup title. Nevin excelled in New York, playing seven years for the Rangers and being named captain in 1964-65.
In 250 career games as a Leaf, he scored 55 goals and added 100 assists. He added six goals and four assists in 27 Leafs playoff games. Nevin was on the 1956 Memorial Cup winning Marlboros and he was a standout junior hockey goal scorer. The eight-time 20-goal scorer spent NHL time with the Leafs, Rangers, North Stars and Kings before retiring from pro hockey with the World Hockey Association's Edmonton Oilers in the 1976-77 campaign.
Nevin has been a long-time contributor to the initiatives of the Leafs Alumni Association and he is visible at most games at Air Canada Centre.