Eddie Shack

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Eddie Shack
Born (1937-02-11) February 11, 1937 (age 81)
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.


Playing career

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

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.

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]

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'.

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.

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

See also


  1. "Eddie Steven Phillip Shack". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on February 23, 2011. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
  2. Fischler, Stan; Fischler, Shirley (March 2, 2003). Who's Who in Hockey. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 396. ISBN   978-0-7407-1904-2 . Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  3. Staff, Bathroom Readers' Institute (2005). Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Shoots and Scores. Raincoast Books. p. 70. ISBN   978-1-55192-849-4 . Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  4. Diamond, Dan; Zweig, Eric (September 1, 2003). Hockey's glory days: the 1950s and '60s. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 150. ISBN   978-0-7407-3829-6 . Retrieved August 25, 2011.
  5. "Eddie Shack on hockey-reference.com".
  6. Kearney, Mark; Randy Ray (1999). The Great Canadian Book of Lists. Dundurn Press. p. 208. ISBN   978-0-88882-213-0 . Retrieved January 12, 2009.
  7. "Leafs Trade Shack for Bruins' Oliver". Windsor Star . May 16, 1967. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  8. "Trade Doesn't Surprise Shack". The Star-Phoenix. July 6, 1973. p. 14. Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  9. Matthews, Blair. "The Epic of The Pop Shoppe". Soda Pop Dreams Magazine. Playing with Words Specialty Publications. Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
  10. Belasco, Warren James; Philip Scranton (2002). Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies. Routledge. p. 51. ISBN   978-0-415-93077-2.
  11. Rutherford, Krissie (May 19, 2007). "Eddie Shack teaches personal literacy lesson" (PDF). The Oakville Beaver. Metroland Media Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2008. Retrieved November 27, 2008.
  12. Hockey’s Book of Firsts, p.57, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN   978-1-57215-037-9