A general view of the logo at center ice as the zambonis clear the ice before the Toronto Maple Leafs home opener against the New York Rangers at Air Canada Centre Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tributes have been coming in from around the sports world following the announcement that former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Bobby Baun passed away Monday at the age of 86.

Baun played 14 of his 18 seasons for Toronto and played a pivotal role in the Leafs’ four Stanley Cup wins in the ’60s.

Perhaps most famously, Baun fractured his ankle in game six of the 1964 Stanley Cup Finals but returned later in the game to score the game-winning goal in overtime, tying the series at three. Toronto won game 7 to capture their third straight Stanley Cup.

Baun was selected by the Oakland Seals in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft and requested a trade back to an Original Six team following his one year in Oakland. The Seals honored his request by trading Baun to the Detroit Red Wings, where he spent the next two seasons.

Baun finished his career by returning to Toronto and providing a presence on the Leafs’ defense yet again, before breaking his leg and getting his neck cut by a skate, leading to a loss of multiple pints of blood, and ending his career.

After retiring, Baun raised concerned about the NHL’s pension plan, as he felt former players weren’t being paid nearly enough in retirement. Despite not having enough support to go forward at the time, Baun was later proven correct.

Many tributes to Baun noted both his toughness and kindness.