Eddie Shack is confirmed dead at the age of 83.
Eddie was best known as a Canadian ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs).
Eddie Shack
Eddie Shack Maple Leafs Chex card.jpg
Born(1937-02-11)February 11, 1937
Sudbury, Ontario
DiedJuly 25, 2020(2020-07-25) (aged 83)
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
PositionLeft Wing
ShotLeft
Played forNew York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career1957–1975
Edward Steven Phillip Shack (February 11, 1937 - July 25, 2020), also known by the nicknames The Entertainer and The Nose, was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for six National Hockey League teams from 1959 to 1975.
Contents
1 Playing career
2 Achievements
3 Career statistics
4 See also
5 References
6 External links
Playing career
Shack was born in Sudbury, Ontario, in 1937, 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 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 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.
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, 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. 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 among the Los Angeles Kings, the Buffalo Sabres, and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh sold him back to Toronto for the 1973–74 season. 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 and a Schick razor promotion for which he shaved his mustache. He also promoted a small chain of doughnut stores.
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.
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 his backside and was only trying to get out of the way.
Played in the National Hockey League All-Star Game in 1962, 1963 and 1964
One of nine players to score twenty or more goals in a season for five or more NHL teams. (Bill Guerin has scored 20 goals with the most teams, notching 20 goals for seven different NHL teams. The others are Ray Sheppard with six teams, and Ray Ferraro, Mike Gartner, Dean Prentice, Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan, and Pat Verbeek with five.)
Career statistics
 
 
Regular season
 
Playoffs
Season
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
1952–53
Guelph Biltmores
OHA-Jr.
21
2
6
8
43
1953–54
Guelph Biltmores
OHA-Jr.
54
13
9
22
46
1
1
0
1
4
1954–55
Guelph Biltmores
OHA-Jr.
19
6
7
13
35
2
0
0
0
4
1955–56
Guelph Biltmores
OHA-Jr.
48
23
49
72
93
3
1
0
1
10
1956–57
Guelph Biltmores
OHA-Jr.
52
47
57
104
129
10
4
10
14
53
1956–57
Guelph Biltmores
M-Cup
6
2
2
4
26
1957–58
Providence Reds
AHL
35
16
18
34
98
1958–59
New York Rangers
NHL
67
7
14
21
109
1959–60
New York Rangers
NHL
62
8
10
18
110
1959–60
Springfield Indians
AHL
9
3
4
7
10
1960–61
New York Rangers
NHL
12
1
2
3
17
1960–61
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL
55
14
14
28
90
4
0
0
0
2
1961–62
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL
44
7
14
21
62
9
0
0
0
18
1962–63
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL
63
16
9
25
97
10
2
1
3
11
1963–64
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL
64
11
10
21
128
13
0
1
1
25
1964–65
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL
67
5
9
14
68
5
1
0
1
8
1965–66
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL
63
26
17
43
88
4
2
1
3
33
1965–66
Rochester Americans
AHL
8
3
4
7
12
1966–67
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL
63
11
14
25
58
8
0
0
0
8
1967–68
Boston Bruins
NHL
70
23
19
42
107
4
0
1
1
6
1968–69
Boston Bruins
NHL
50
11
11
22
74
9
0
2
2
23
1969–70
Los Angeles Kings
NHL
73
22
12
34
113
1970–71
Los Angeles Kings
NHL
11
2
2
4
8
1970–71
Buffalo Sabres
NHL
56
25
17
42
93
1971–72
Buffalo Sabres
NHL
50
11
14
25
34
1971–72
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL
18
5
9
14
12
4
0
1
1
15
1972–73
Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL
74
25
20
45
84
1973–74
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL
59
7
8
15
74
4
1
0
1
2
1974–75
Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL
26
2
1
3
11
1974–75
Oklahoma City Blazers
CHL
8
3
4
7
10
1976–77
Whitby Warriors
OHA-Sr.
9
5
4
9
8
NHL totals
1047
239
226
465
1437
74
6
7
13
151
See also
List of NHL players with 1000 games played
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