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.