Eddie Shack

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Eddie Shack
Eddie Shack Maple Leafs Chex card.jpg
Born (1937-02-11) February 11, 1937 (age 82)
Sudbury, Ontario
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 19571975

Edward Steven Phillip Shack (born February 11, 1937), also known by the nicknames The Entertainer and The Nose, [1] is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who played for six National Hockey League teams from 1959 to 1975.

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Playing career

Shack was born in Sudbury, Ontario, in 1937, [2] the son of Ukrainian immigrants.

Greater Sudbury City in Ontario, Canada

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He left his job as a butcher to try out with the Guelph Biltmores hockey club, knowing he could return to the trade if hockey did not pan out as a career.

Shack played junior hockey for the Guelph Biltmores [3] of the OHA for five seasons starting at the age of 15. He had his best season in 1956–57, when he led the league in assists [4] and starred in the Memorial Cup playoffs.

Ontario Hockey Association

The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is the governing body for the majority of junior and senior level ice hockey teams in the Province of Ontario. The OHA is sanctioned by the Ontario Hockey Federation along with the Northern Ontario Hockey Association. Other Ontario sanctioning bodies along with the OHF include the Hockey Eastern Ontario and Hockey Northwestern Ontario. The OHA control 3 tiers of junior hockey; the "Tier 2 Junior "A", Junior "B", Junior "C", and one senior hockey league, Allan Cup Hockey.

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The New York Rangers signed Shack and assigned him to their AHL Providence Reds farm team for half a season. He made the NHL in the 1958–59 season and played two years for the Blueshirts. In 1960, he was to be traded with Bill Gadsby to the Detroit Red Wings for Red Kelly and Billy McNeill, but the transaction was cancelled when Kelly decided to retire rather than accept the trade. [5]

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Providence Reds

The Providence Reds were a hockey team that played in the Canadian-American Hockey League (CAHL) between 1926 and 1936 and the American Hockey League (AHL) from 1936 to 1977, the last season of which they played as the Rhode Island Reds. The team won the Calder Cup in 1938, 1940, 1949, and 1956. The Reds played at the Rhode Island Auditorium, located on North Main Street in Providence, Rhode Island, from 1926 through 1972, when the team affiliated with the New York Rangers and moved into the newly built Providence Civic Center. The team name came from the breed of chicken known as the Rhode Island Red.

In November of the 1960–61 season, Shack was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played seven seasons on the left wing as a colourful, third-line agitator who was popular with the fans despite a lack of scoring prowess. Canadian sports writer Stephen Cole likened Shack's playing to that of 'a big puppy let loose in a wide field'.

The 1960–61 NHL season was the 44th season of the National Hockey League. The Chicago Black Hawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings in the 1961 Stanley Cup Final four games to two to win the Stanley Cup. It was the first series since 1950 with two American-based teams. It was Chicago's first Cup win since 1938; they would not win another until 2010.

Toronto Maple Leafs Canadian professional ice hockey team

The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club, commonly referred to as the Toronto Maple Leafs or simply the Leafs, are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The club is owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Ltd. and are represented by Chairman Larry Tanenbaum. The Maple Leafs' broadcasting rights are split between BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications. For their first 14 seasons, the club played their home games at the Mutual Street Arena, before moving to Maple Leaf Gardens in 1931. The Maple Leafs moved to their present home, Scotiabank Arena in February 1999.

During the 1965–66 season Shack broke out, scoring 26 goals on a line with Ron Ellis and Bob Pulford. His popularity was such that a novelty song called Clear the Track, Here Comes Shack, written in his honour and performed by Douglas Rankine with The Secrets, [6] reached #1 on the Canadian pop charts and charted for nearly three months.

Shack was a member of the Maple Leafs' last Stanley Cup-winning team in 1967, although his production fell significantly and he was traded in May 1967 to the Boston Bruins for Murray Oliver and cash. [7] Playing on the right wing on a line with Derek Sanderson and Ed Westfall, Shack revived and scored 23 goals.

Eddie Shack (in referee uniform) hams it up at an NHL oldtimers charity event. Eddie Shack 02583.jpg
Eddie Shack (in referee uniform) hams it up at an NHL oldtimers charity event.

Afflicted by injuries, he spent the next four seasons moving between the Los Angeles Kings, the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh sold him back to Toronto for the 1973–74 season. [8] He retired after the 1974–75 season.

After retirement, Shack was a popular advertising spokesman in Canada, most notably for The Pop Shoppe soft drink brand, [9] and a Schick razor promotion for which he shaved his mustache. He also promoted a small chain of doughnut stores. [10] He appeared for a number of years at alumni all-star games. Shack also revealed he had been illiterate most of his life and subsequently became an advocate for literacy programs in his native Ontario. [11]


Career statistics

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1952–53 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 2126843
1953–54 Guelph BiltmoresOHA-Jr.54139224611014
1954–55 Guelph BiltmoresOHA-Jr.1967133520004
1955–56 Guelph BiltmoresOHA-Jr.4823497293310110
1956–57 Guelph BiltmoresOHA-Jr.524757104129104101453
1956–57 Guelph Biltmores M-Cup 622426
1957–58 Providence Reds AHL 3516183498
1958–59 New York Rangers NHL 6771421109
1959–60 New York RangersNHL6281018110
1959–60 Springfield Indians AHL934710
1960–61 New York RangersNHL1212317
1960–61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL551414289040002
1961–62 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL447142162900018
1962–63 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL6316925971021311
1963–64 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL641110211281301125
1964–65 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL6759146851018
1965–66 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL6326174388421333
1965–66 Rochester Americans AHL834712
1966–67 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL631114255880008
1967–68 Boston Bruins NHL7023194210740116
1968–69 Boston BruinsNHL5011112274902223
1969–70 Los Angeles Kings NHL73221234113
1970–71 Los Angeles KingsNHL112248
1970–71 Buffalo Sabres NHL5625174293
1971–72 Buffalo SabresNHL5011142534
1971–72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL18591412401115
1972–73 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL7425204584
1973–74 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL5978157441012
1974–75 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL2621311
1974–75 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 834710
1976–77Whitby Warriors OHA-Sr. 95498
NHL totals10472392264651437746713151

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