Fred Shero was born on October 23rd, 1925 in Winnipeg, Manitoba and died on November 24th, 1990 in Camden, New Jersey. He was only 65 years old. He played for one team and that was the New York Rangers and played from 1947-1958. Shero was involved in a Stanley Cup run by the Rangers but came up short to the Detroit Red Wings. Afterwards, Fred would spend his last years in the AHL and then retired from playing in 1958.
Fred was known more for his coaching. Fred spent 7 years in Philly and then 3 more seasons with the New York Rangers. The only time one of his teams finished below 3rd was in 1971, his first year with the Flyers. Fred’s teams would make the playoffs 8 straight times afterwards and that included 2 Stanley Cup Championships with the Flyers. They lost in the Semi-Finals 3 times, lost in the Finals twice, and lost in the Quarter-Finals once. His last year, 1980-81, he resigned 20 games into the season.
Fred’s coaching totals – 734 GC, 390 W, 225 L, 199 T. In the Playoffs: 109 G, 62 W, 47 L.
Other Accolades –
- EAHL All-Star Team – 1947
- Calder Cup (AHL) Champions – 1953, ’54, ’70
- AHL Second All-Star Team – 1954
- WHL Championship – 1956
- Louis A. R. Pieri Memorial Award for AHL Coach of the Year – 1970
- Stanley Cup Champions – 1974, ’75
- Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year – 1974
- Lester Patrick Trophy – 1980
- Inducted to Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame – 1985, Flyers Hall of Fame – 1990, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – 1999, Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame – 2008
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