Bob Nevin, a fan favourite who won 2 Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs before a successful run as captain of the New York Rangers, has passed away. Nevin died early Monday, according to the NHL."The Rangers are saddened to learn of the death of Bob Nevin," the team posted on Twitter. Nevin, one of the first NHL players to wear contact lenses, was part of one of hockey's more surreal minutes when he lost a lens during Toronto's 1962 game against the Blackhawks in Chicago.

Bob Nevin, a fan favourite who won two Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to an effective run as captain of the New York Rangers, has actually passed away. He was 82.

Nevin died early Monday, according to the NHL. No cause of death was given.Nevin played

1,128 NHL regular-season games with Toronto, New York, Minnesota and Los Angeles, setting up 726 points (307 goals, 419 assists) while assembling just 211 penalty minutes.

The Maple Leafs, Rangers, Kings were among the organizations using condolences on social networks.

"The Rangers are saddened to discover of the passing of Bob Nevin," the team published on Twitter. "A captain and fan preferred during his tenure with NYR, his truthful, two-way play and leadership made him the respect and adoration of fans and colleagues alike. Our ideas are with Bob's spouse, Linda, and his household."

Nevin, from South Porcupine, Ont., pertained to the Maple Leafs via the Toronto Marlboros, where he played four seasons and helped the group to a Memorial Cup title in 1956.

He played his very first complete NHL season in 1960-61, scoring 21 goals as a novice and ending up runner-up to teammate Dave Keon in the Calder Trophy ballot.

Nevin helped the Leafs win Stanley Cup titles in 1962 and 1963 prior to being dealt to the Rangers in addition to Arnie Brown, Bill Collins, Dick Duff and Rod Seiling in a hit trade that sent star winger Andy Bathgate and forward Don McKenney to Toronto.

Helped Rangers end 4-year playoff drought

While Bathgate helped the Maple Leafs win another championship in 1964, Nevin ended up being a vital part of the Rangers, serving as captain of the group from 1965 to 1971.

Nevin battles with John Ferguson of the Montreal Canadiens in this 1964 file picture. (Canadian Press)

He assisted the underachieving club end a four-year playoff drought in 1967, and led the Rangers to their very first series win in 21 years in 1971, when New York beat the Leafs 4-2 in the quarter-finals.

The 2009 book "100 Ranger Greats" noted Nevin at No. 51.

Nevin was dealt to the North Stars prior to the 1971-72 season and spent two seasons in Minnesota prior to joining Los Angeles.

His career was renewed in his 3 seasons with the Kings. He had his highest-scoring project in his penultimate NHL season, putting up 31 goals and 41 helps with Los Angeles in 1974-75.

Nevin signed up with the World Hockey Association's Edmonton Oilers for the 1976-77 season, but suffered a damaged collarbone 13 game into the campaign and retired.

Nevin, who the Maple Leafs had at No. 64 on their list of 100 all-time players launched for their 2016 centennial season, resided in the Toronto location after his 19-year playing profession.

"Bob was ever-present at Leafs games and within the Alumni community," the Maple Leafs said in a Twitter post. "Our inmost sympathies go out to Bob's wife Linda."

Nevin, one of the very first NHL players to wear contact lenses, became part of one of hockey's more surreal minutes when he lost a lens throughout Toronto's 1962 game against the Blackhawks in Chicago. Time was called, and officials and players dropped to their knees to scour the ice trying to find the wayward lens. It never turned up.