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Eddie Shack

Eddie Shack
Born February 11, 1937 (1937-02-11) (age 73),
Sudbury, ON, CAN
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Forward
Shot Left
Pro clubs New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1959'1975

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

Shack was born Sudbury, Ontario. His parents were Ukrainian immigrants.

Shack played junior hockey for the Guelph Biltmores of the OHA for five seasons starting at the age of 15. His best season was 1956'57, where he led the league in assists and starred in the Memorial Cup playoffs.

Signed by the New York Rangers and playing half a season for their AHL Providence Reds farm team, he made the NHL in the 1959 season and played two undistinguished seasons for the Blueshirts. In 1960 he was to be traded to the Detroit Red Wings with Bill Gadsby for Red Kelly and Billy McNeill but the transaction was cancelled when Red Kelly retired rather than be traded. [2]

In November of the 1961 season, Shack was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played five seasons on the left wing as a colourful, third-line agitator who was popular with the fans despite a lack of scoring prowess (Canadian hockey writer Stephen Cole likened Shack's playing to 'a big puppy let loose in a wide field'). During the 1966 season Shack broke out, scoring his career high 26 goals on a line with Ron Ellis and Bob Pulford, and his popularity was such that a novelty song called Clear The Track, Here Comes Shack written in his honor and played by "Douglas Rankine with the Secrets".[3] It reached #1 on the Canadian pop charts and charted for nearly three months.

Shack was a part of the Maple Leafs last Stanley Cup-winning team in 1967, even though his production fell significantly and he was traded in the fall of 1967 to the Boston Bruins. Playing on the right wing on a line with Derek Sanderson and Wayne Cashman, Shack revived and scored 23 goals for the powerhouse Bruins team.

Injuries marred the following season, and 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 1974 season. But eroded by age and injuries Shack's skills had largely deserted him, and he retired after the 1975 season.

After retirement, Shack was a popular advertising spokesman in Canada, most notably for the Pop Shoppe soft drink brand[4] and a Schick razor promotion (for which Shack shaved his mustache), and a welcome presence in many alumni all-star games. He also used his name for a small chain of doughnut stores.[5]

Shack also revealed that he had been illiterate most of his life and has become an advocate for literacy programs in his native Ontario.[6]

[edit] Achievements

  • Played for Stanley Cup winning teams in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967. He scored the Cup-winning goal in 1963, claiming famously that he had scored the goal off of his backside and was only trying to get out of the way.
  • Played in the All-Star Game in 1962, 1963 and 1964.
  • Only the second player (Shack was the first) to score twenty or more goals in a season for five or more NHL teams.[7]

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Eddie Steven Phillip Shack". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame and Museum. http://www.legendsofhockey.net:8080/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayer.jsp?player=14279. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  2. ^ "Eddie Shack on hockey-reference.com". http://www.hockey-reference.com/players/s/shacked01.html. 
  3. ^ Kearney, Mark; Randy Ray (1999). The Great Canadian Book of Lists. Dundurn Press. p. 208. ISBN 9780888822130. http://books.google.ca/books?id=eMouyNJYOo8C&pg=PA208. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  4. ^ Matthews, Blair. "The Epic of The Pop Shoppe". Soda Pop Dreams Magazine. Playing with Words Specialty Publications. Archived from the original on 2008-11-27. http://www.webcitation.org/5ceSXbkRW. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  5. ^ Belasco, Warren James; Philip Scranton (2002). Food Nations: Selling Taste in Consumer Societies. Routledge. p. 51. ISBN 9780415930772. http://books.google.ca/books?id=p9wPoDHQR-IC&pg=PA51&lpg=PA51&dq=eddie+shack+commercials&source=web&ots=hNzfI9w1XU&sig=sXGQiYHVrr4dM2nALpo5T32uBqQ&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=4&ct=result. 
  6. ^ Rutherford, Krissie (2007-05-19). "Eddie Shack teaches personal literacy lesson". The Oakville Beaver (Metroland Media Group). Archived from the original on 2008-11-27. http://www.webcitation.org/5ceRANoym. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  7. ^ Hockey's Book of Firsts, p.57, James Duplacey, JG Press, ISBN 978-1-57215-037-9

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