Hall of Famer Allan Stanley Passes Away

Hall of Fame defenceman Allan Stanley has passed away at the age of 87.  He he played for the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and Philadelphia Flyers in the National Hockey League (N.H.L.), the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League (A.H.L.), the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Hockey League (W.H.L.), and the Boston Olympics of both the Eastern Hockey League (E.H.L.) and the Quebec Senior Hockey League (Q.S.H.L.)

Mr. Stanley spent 10 seasons with the Maple Leafs over his 25 years as a hockey player, his longest tenure with any team, winning four Stanley Cups with the Maple Leafs.

Mr. Stanley joined the Olympics when the team was part of the E.H.L. during the 1945-46 season.  He went on to play with the Reds for the next two seasons before rejoining the Olympics for another season before joining the New York Rangers during the 1948-49 season.  With the exception of a short stint with the minor league Vancouver Canucks, he would spend most of seven season with the Rangers before joining the Blackhawks partway through the 1954-55 season.  He would play the next season with them before joining the Bruins for the 1956-57 and 1957-58 seasons.

He signed with the Maple Leafs for the 1958-59 season and stayed with the Maple Leafs until the end of the 1967-68 season, and was part of the Stanley Cup teams of 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1967.  He then played one season with the Flyers before retiring at the end of the 1969 season.  While with the Maple Leafs, he was paired with Tim Horton.

During his career, Mr. Stanley scored 100 goals and picked up 333 assists for 433 points.  He was named to the N.H.L.’s Second All-Star team three times – in 1960, 1961, and 1966, all while he played for the Maple Leafs.  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.

Mr. Stanley was born in Timmins, Ontario on March 1st, 1926.  He passed away today – October 2oth, 2013 – in Bobcaygeon, Ontario.

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