Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gilles Mayer
Goalie Gilles Mayer made a few appearances for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 50s. He was better known as a top junior and a workhorse in the American Hockey League.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, "The Needle" played junior B with the Hull Volants and spent a season in the New York State junior circuit with the Lake Placid Roamers. He then spent two years with the OHA's Barrie Flyers and led the league with 26 wins in 1948-49.

Between 1949-59 and 1962-63, Mayer was a regular in the AHL. He was recalled by Toronto on occasion and posted a career record of 2-6-1 with a 2.78 goals against average. Mayer also won at least 30 games in the AHL seven times including a league high 46 with the Pittsburgh Hornets in 1951-52.

The talented netminder also played on five Calder Cup Champions, was a five time all-star and won the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for allowing the fewest goals in the league five out of six years in beginning in 1951. Mayer retired in 1963 trailing only Johnny Bower on the AHL's all-time shutout list.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1944-45 Hull Volants OCHL 7 6 1 0 1 2.14 4 2 2 0 0 4.50
1945-46 Hull Volants OCHL 5 0 6.99
1946-47 Lake Placid Roamers X-Games
1947-48 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 19 3 3.11 10 8 2 0 0 3.60
1947-48 Barrie Flyers M-Cup 5 4 1 0 0 4.00
1948-49 Barrie Flyers OHA-Jr. 46 26 16 4 5 2.91 8 8 0 0 1 2.63
1948-49 Barrie Flyers M-Cup 8 4 4 0 1 2.69
1949-50 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 50 20 19 11 4 2.84
1949-50 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 1 0 0 2.00
1950-51 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 71 31 33 7 6 2.40 13 9 4 0 2 1.87
1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 68 46 19 3 5 2.55 11 8 3 0 1 1.91
1952-53 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 62 36 20 6 6 2.33 10 6 4 0 0 1.73
1953-54 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 68 33 30 5 3 3.12 5 2 3 0 1 2.36
1953-54 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 1 0 3.00
1954-55 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 64 31 25 8 3 2.80 10 7 3 0 1 2.63
1954-55 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 1 0 0 0 1.00
1955-56 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 56 40 12 4 5 2.70 4 1 3 0 0 2.69
1955-56 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 6 1 5 0 0 3.00
1956-57 Hershey Bears AHL 29 14 12 3 1 3.55
1957-58 Hershey Bears AHL 22 12 7 3 0 2.74
1958-59 Hershey Bears AHL 19 0 3.21
1959-60 Cleveland Barons AHL 41 19 19 3 3 3.07 7 3 4 0 1 3.14
1960-61 Cleveland Barons AHL 66 32 34 0 3 3.36
1961-62 Providence Reds AHL 30 16 13 1 1 4.07 3 1 2 0 0 3.57
1962-63 Providence Reds AHL 34 16 15 3 1 2.91
NHL Totals 9 2 6 1 0 2.66


OHA-Jr. MVP (1949)
AHL First All-Star Team (1951, 1954, 1955)
Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1953, 1956)
Promoted to Toronto from Pittsburgh (AHL) to replace Turk Broda, December 1, 1949. (Detroit 2, Toronto 1). Promoted to Toronto from Pittsburgh (AHL) to replace Harry Lumley, March 4, 1954 (Toronto 3, Detroit 3) and October 21, 1954 (Toronto 3, Montreal 1). Traded to Detroit (Hershey-AHL) by Toronto (Pittsburgh-AHL) with Jack Price, Willie Marshall, Bob Hassard, Bob Solinger and Ray Gariepy for cash, July 7, 1956. Traded to Cleveland (AHL) by Hershey (AHL) for Gord Hollingworth and Claude Dufour, June, 1959.