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Nels Stewart
Nels Stewart
Position Centre
Shot Left
6 ft 01 in (1.85 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
Teams Montreal Maroons
Boston Bruins
New York Americans
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born December 29 1902 (1902-12-29) (age 114),
Montréal, Québec
Pro Career 19251940
Hall of Fame, 1962

Nelson Robert "Old Poison" Stewart (b. December 29, 1902 in Montreal, Quebec - August 21, 1957) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Montreal Maroons, New York Americans and Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League.

Playing careerEdit

Stewart began play as an amateur at age 18 for the Cleveland Indians of the United States Amateur Hockey Association, leading the league in goals scored in four out of the five seasons he played before he and Babe Siebert were signed by the expansion Montreal Maroons of the NHL in 1925. Nicknamed "Old Poison," and with Siebert and veteran stars Clint Benedict, Punch Broadbent and Reg Noble, he would lead the Maroons to the Stanley Cup championship that season. Stewart himself led the league in goal- and point-scoring that year, and become one of the few rookies in history to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.

Stewart would later centre the legendary "S Line", with Hooley Smith and Siebert, and star for the Maroons for seven seasons in all, winning a second Hart Trophy in 1930, having led the league once more with 39 goals in 44 games. As the Great Depression deepened, though, the Maroons had increasing financial problems — eventually folding in 1938 — and sold Stewart to the Boston Bruins for cash. His glittering play continued for the Bruins, finishing second in team scoring each of his three full seasons with the team, despite being moved back to defence a fair bit.

In 1935 he was traded to the New York Americans, for whom he played for most of his final five seasons in the league. Stewart starred through his penultimate season (in which he was fourth on the Amerks in scoring) with 35 points in 46 games at age 36. The season following, in 1939, his foot speed (never regarded as fast) deserted him entirely. He retired thereafter as the NHL's career leading goal scorer, a mark he set in the 1937 season and held until Maurice Richard broke it in 1952.

On August 21, 1957, he was found dead at his summer home near Toronto, apparently of natural causes, possibly a heart attack.

Nels was inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1998, he was ranked number 51 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.

Career StatisticsEdit

                                  Regular Season
Season  Team                    Lge   GP   G   A    Pts  PIM

1925-26 Montreal Maroons        NHL   36   34  8    42   119
1926-27 Montreal Maroons        NHL   43   17  4    21   133
1927-28 Montreal Maroons        NHL   41   27  7    34   104
1928-29 Montreal Maroons        NHL   44   21  8    29   74
1929-30 Montreal Maroons        NHL   44   39  16   55   81
1930-31 Montreal Maroons        NHL   42   24  14   38   75
1931-32 Montreal Maroons        NHL   38   22  11   33   61
1932-33 Boston Bruins           NHL   47   18  18   36   62
1933-34 Boston Bruins           NHL   48   22  17   39   68
1934-35 Boston Bruins           NHL   47   21  18   39   45
1935-36 New York Americans      NHL   48   14  15   29   16
1936-37 New York/Boston         NHL   43   23  12   35   37
1937-38 New York Americans      NHL   49   19  17   36   29
1938-39 New York Americans      NHL   46   16  19   35   43
1939-40 New York Americans      NHL   35   7   7    14   6

                   NHL Totals         651  324 191  515  953

Career achievements and factsEdit

  • Won the Hart Trophy in 1926 and 1930.
  • Played in the first NHL All-Star Game in 1934.
  • 1st player in NHL history to score 300 career goals.
  • 1st player in NHL history to score 500 career points.
  • Led the playoffs in scoring in 1926 with six goals, three assists and nine points in eight games.
  • Led the league in penalty minutes in 1927 with 133.
  • Holds the NHL record for fastest two goals (four seconds apart) set on January 3, 1931, against the Boston Bruins (matched by Deron Quint in 1995-96)

Records once held by Nels StewartEdit

  • Most points in NHL history- 515, surpassed by Syd Howe and currently held by Wayne Gretzky (2857).
  • Most goals by an NHL rookie- 34 in 1925-26, surpassed by Gilbert Perreault (38 in 1970-71) and currently held by Teemu Selanne with 76 in 1992-93.
  • Fastest player to score 300 goals- 567 GP, surpassed by Maurice Richard (481 GP) and currently held by Wayne Gretzky (350 GP).

External linksEdit

Montreal Maroons captains
Broadbent | Munro | Stewart | Smith | Conacher | Evans

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