Fred Shero Receives Long-Deserved Induction into Hockey Hall of Fame

July 9th, 2013 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

The term genius is thrown around with great frequency when it comes to coaches and managers in professional sports.

A coach who can string together 10 wins in a row is likely to hear the word whispered from time to time. But the truth is that most coaches who go about their business in the NHL are merely trying to put their best players on the ice and whatever theories they have concerning strategy and game management may get overwhelmed as a game or season plays out.

But every once in a while, an innovative mind comes into the game. A coach who plays a lot more than hunches. A coach who has an advantage over his competitors.

One of those coaches was Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the only two Stanley Cup championships in their history in 1974 and again in '75. Shero was elected to the 2013 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame, more than 32 years after he last coached in the league. Shero died in 1990 at the age of 65 from stomach cancer.

Shero coached the Philadelphia Flyers from 1971 through '78. When his run in Philadelphia came to an end, he coached the New York Rangers from 1978 until he resigned 2 ...

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