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Monday, March 19, 2012

March 18--Bob Nevin

Bob Nevin

He entered the Toronto Maple Leafs' sphere of influence with the Shopsy's peewee team and was eventually a junior standout with the OHA's Marlboros.
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.
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. After playing thirteen games for the Edmonton Oilers in 1976-77, the classy veteran retired after breaking his collarbone.
In 1128 NHL games, the 4 time all star game representative scored 307 goals, 419 assists for 726 PIM. He added 16 goals and 34 points in 84 career playoff games.

Received these black sharpie signed cards IP at the NHL SloPitch tourney.

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