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Born October 23, 1925(1925-10-23),
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Died November 24, 1990 (aged 65),
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Pro clubs New York Rangers
Career 1947 – 1958

Frederick Alexander "The Fog" Shero (October 23, 1925 - November 24, 1990) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player, coach, and general manager. He played for the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League, and coached the Philadelphia Flyers and Rangers, winning the Stanley Cup twice with the Flyers as head coach. He is also the father of Ray Shero, the general manager of the 2009 Stanley Cup-winning Pittsburgh Penguins club.

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Playing career

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he attended the University of Manitoba and served in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II. In 1945, he played for the navy team at HMCS Chippawa in Winnipeg, the Basil Baker Trophy winners. He played three seasons (1947–48, 1948–49, and 1949–50) with the New York Rangers.

Coaching career

He was the coach of the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers. He was the coach of the Flyers when they won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975. Through the start of the 2007–08 NHL season, he remains the winningest coach in Flyers history with 308 wins, plus 48 more in playoff competition. He was the coach of the New York Rangers when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979.

In 1974, he won the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year. In 1980, he was a co-recipient of the Lester Patrick Trophy awarded for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Before leading his team to a clinching Game 6 victory in the 1974 Stanley Cup final, the teams first-ever Stanley Cup, Fred Shero wrote his most famous motivational line on the team's blackboard: "Win together today, and we walk together forever."

He died of stomach cancer on November 24, 1990 at the age of 65.

In a 1999 Philadelphia Daily News poll, he was selected as the city's greatest professional coach/manager, beating out legends such as Connie Mack of MLB Philadelphia Athletics, Dallas Green of MLB Philadelphia Phillies, Dick Vermeil and Greasy Neale of the NFL Philadelphia Eagles, and Billy Cunningham and Alex Hannum of the NBA Philadelphia 76ers.

Personal life

In 1957, Shero was introduced to his future wife Mariette, "the sister of a woman" Ed "EJ" Johnston, his goaltender and teammate (Shero was also the team's assistant coach) in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec was dating, at the time. "Fred told me after their first date, 'I'll marry that girl,' " Johnston said. "And it wasn't long before he did." Fred and Mariette would go on to have two sons, Rejean (Ray) and Jean-Paul.

Over 40 years later, Ray would become Johnston's boss as general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins – a post Johnston himself had previously held. "If it wasn't for me, Ray wouldn't be here," Johnston [says], laughing. "He never lets me forget it,"[1] [Ray] Shero said. Ray and EJ would win the Stanley Cup together with the Penguins in 2009.

By way of contrast with Shero's somewhat introverted, enigmatic personality, which gained him the nickname 'Freddie "The Fog"', Ray's far more sociable and garrulous demeanor ("like his mother") jokingly led him to be dubbed "The Mist".[2]

Awards and achievements

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Coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Finish W L Win % Result
PHI 71–72 78 26 38 14 66 5th in West - - - -
PHI 72–73 78 37 30 11 85 2nd in West 5 6 .454 Semi-Finalist
PHI 73–74 78 50 16 12 112 1st in West 12 5 .706 Won Stanley Cup
PHI 74–75 80 51 18 11 113 1st in Patrick 12 5 .706 Won Stanley Cup
PHI 75–76 80 51 13 16 118 1st in Patrick 8 8 .500 Finalist
PHI 76–77 80 48 16 16 112 1st in Patrick 4 6 .400 Semi-Finalist
PHI 77–78 80 45 20 15 105 2nd in Patrick 6 5 .545 Semi-Finalist
PHI total 554 308
55.6%
151
27.3%
95
17.1%
711 48 35 .578 6 playoff appearances
2 Stanley Cups
NYR 78–79 80 40 29 11 91 3rd in Patrick 11 7 .611 Finalist
NYR 79–80 80 38 32 10 86 3rd in Patrick 4 5 .444 Quarter-Finalist
NYR 80–81 20 4 13 3 11 - - - - -
NYR total 180 82
45.6%
74
41.1%
24
13.3%
188 15 12 .555 2 Playoff Appearances
Total 734 390
53.1%
225
30.7%
119
16.2%
899 63 47 .573 8 Playoff Appearances
2 Stanley Cups

References

  1. ^ "'EJ' in transition year with Pens", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; October 7, 2007
  2. ^ "Shero has a winner's background", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review; May 28, 2006

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Preceded by
Vic Stasiuk
Head coaches of the Philadelphia Flyers
19711978
Succeeded by
Bob McCammon
Preceded by
New Award
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
1974
Succeeded by
Bob Pulford
Preceded by
Jean-Guy Talbot
Head coaches of the New York Rangers
19781981
Succeeded by
Herb Brooks
Preceded by
John Ferguson Sr
General managers of the New York Rangers
19781980
Succeeded by
Craig Patrick

Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Fred Alexander Shero (October 23, 1925November 24, 1990) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and head coach, who is most well known for coaching the Philadelphia Flyers to two Stanley Cups.

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  • 1) Never go offside on a three on two or two on one.
    2) Never go backwards in your own end except on a powerplay.
    3) Never throw a puck out blindly from behind your opponent's net. If you throw a blind pass, just keep on skating...right out the arena.
    4) Never pass diagonally across ice in your own end unless 100 percent certain.
    5) Wings on wings in neutral zone—unless intercepting a pass.
    6) Second man goes all the way in for a rebound.
    7) Defense with puck at opponents' blueline—look at each teammate before shooting.
    8) Wing in front of opponents' net must face puck and lean on stick.
    9) Puck carrier over center with no room and no one to pass to must shoot puck in.
    10) No forward must ever turn his back on the puck.
    11) No player must be more than two zones away from puck.
    12) Never be outnumbered in defensive zone.
    13) On delayed penalty, puck carrier must look for extra man.
    14) Be alert to time left on opponent's penalty.

About Fred Shero

  • He won at every level. He was the first guy to use video, first guy to hire an assistant, first to coach an expansion team to the Stanley Cup. First guy to use a system that involved the entire team. They said it was too late for last year's selections. He'll be considered this year. He belongs. Absolutely.
  • The absence of Shero, a pioneer who studied systems in the Soviet Union well before it became vogue and was the first to add an assistant coach to his staff and behind the bench, must be the result of a vendetta. There is no other way to explain it.

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