OHL Alumni Classics: Eddie Shack

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An updated and much more detailed article on this player is available here: Eddie Shack

He never won a major award in the National Hockey League. He was never inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame. His season highs in the NHL maxed out at 26 goals and 45 points. Yet, the name Eddie Shack is one of the most well-known in the game of hockey.

Shack played five seasons with the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters in the Ontario Hockey Association from 1952-53 to 1956-57. In his final season, when the league consisted of just seven teams and only the Peterborough Petes were in their current location, the Biltmores were tops during the regular season and won the Robertson Cup as playoff champs. Shack’s 47 goals and 104 points was just two behind teammate and league leader Bill Sweeney (click on Bill’s name to see a previous post at OHL Alumni Central on him).

Eddie played over 1000 games in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins. his 465 total points is respectable but it is often said that Shack was mismanaged as a hockey player from the get-go in the NHL and despite mostly being put in a checking role, could have been an outstanding offensive threat in the league.

Shack did play for four Stanley Cup winning teams in Toronto during the 1960’s and he did play in three All-Star games. He was the first NHL player to score 20+ goals in a season for five different teams and is still only the second to accomplish this. He scored 26 with Toronto in 1965-66, 23 with Boston in 1967-68, 22 with Los Angeles in 1969-70, 25 with Buffalo in 1970-71 and 25 with Pittsburgh in 1972-73.

For a great read on Eddie, check out Clear the Track: The Eddie Shack Story (Peter Goddard Books). This is a great book written by Ross Brewitt that goes into great detail about the life and times of “The Entertainer” with much input from the man, himself.

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