TORONTO — The Bruins saw Allan Stanley’s potential in the 194os, gave up on him in 1958, then watched him win four Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960s.
Mr. Stanley, a Hall of Fame defenseman who spent 22 seasons in the National Hockey League, died Friday, the league reported on its website. He was 87.
During his 10 seasons with the Leafs, Mr. Stanley formed a fierce defensive tandem with Tim Horton. His final title came in 1967, the last time Toronto hoisted the Stanley Cup. He finished his career with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1968-69 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
“I don’t go through a day without somebody reminiscing about the old days,” Stanley told the Toronto Star in 1987. “I love talking about it. It was my life. I loved every part of it.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.