Number 17 – Eddie Shack
Eddie Shack was born in Sudbury on February 11, 1937.
Going undrafted, Eddie was signed by the New York Rangers after playing his junior in Guelph. A veteran of six separate teams, Eddie made the biggest name for himself while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Eddie Shack – Playing Career
Eddie entered the league with the New York Rangers. During his first three years bouncing between the Rangers farm team and the NHL club.
In 1960-61, he was traded to the Leafs near the beginning of the season and his playing career began to take off. The next six seasons with the Leafs were his most productive including three Stanley Cup victories from 1961 to 1964 and again in 1966-67.
One year, Eddie scored the cup winning goal of his backside. Always with a flair for jokes, he told reporters he was just trying to get out of the way.
1967 was the last year the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup.
After leaving Toronto, Eddie played for Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. With five seasons of 20 plus goals; Eddie brought a multitude of skills to the teams he played on.
Eddie played in the NHL All-Star game three times in his career.
Eddie Shack – Life after the NHL
Eddie was always a great personality on the ice; but his off the ice persona is off the charts. With nicknames like “The Entertainer” and “The Nose”; he was the source of much laughter.
With his patented mustache and cowboy hat; he is a beacon of light for the face of the NHL game.
Eddie tours for NHL alumni games that raise funds for a variety of causes. Still one of the games most recognizable persons; he often plays the referee or the coach.
I fully recommend Clear the Track: The Eddie Shack Story a must read for every NHL fan.
Eddie Shack is a true ambassador of the game.