Habs Fix The Fog

Many of you may recall Fred “The Fog” Shero, who coached the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970’s, a team known as the Broad Street Bullies, a team full of thugs and madmen like Dave Schultz, and a band of rogues captained by stickman Bobby Clarke. It was also a team the Montreal Canadiens finally put out of its misery by playing real hockey and taking the Cup away from these villains which begat a four-year Cup run in Montreal.

Montreal showed everyone, especially Shero, that real hockey, not goonery, was the way to go.

Little facts that you may or may not find helpful:

Shero also liked to put quotes on the dressing room blackboard, like “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire.”

And, “Win today and we walk together forever.”

His NHL career was less than spectacular:  145 games, six goals, 14 assists, 137 penalty minutes.

Shero’s son is Ray Shero, General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Anyway, all this is beside the point. I just wanted you to see what Shero looked like when he was a player. That’s him on the left during the 1948-49 season, with Lynn Patrick in the middle and Allan Stanley on the right.

7 thoughts on “Habs Fix The Fog”

  1. Hey Dennis,I think Fred Shero was a brilliant man,he brought out the best of the worst in his team,made Bobby Clarke a star for carving people up and put Dave Shultz’s name in the record books.He found a way to win,although it wasn’t pretty it was succesful.I never did agree with his tactics and still don’t like the Flyers today because they want to hang onto that persona even if it doesn’t work for them.

  2. You know Dennis, it never quite dawned on me that Fred and Ray weren’t the same person working decades in Pennsylvania. I thought he was one of those guys that just loves his job and won’t retire. Thanks for the quick lesson.
    Now can you do an idiot’s guide to the Patrick family? However this idiot can only handle up to names.

  3. Montreal’s answer to the Flyers was to bring in tough kids like Doug Risebrough and Mario Tremblay, who I liked much more as a player than a coach. These guys wouldn’t back down and the turning point seemed to be the game where during a bench clearing brawl Larry Robinson took on Dave Schultz and TKO’d The Hammer. At least that’s the way my brain likes to remember it!

  4. Hi Chris. Lynn Patrick was the son of Lester Patrick. Muzz was another son. There’s a very interesting story about how expansion took place and Lynn’s role in it. Maybe I’ll do that.

  5. John, I remember that Robinson/Shultz fight. It was the beginning of the end for the Flyers. And yes, Risebrough and Tremblay and a few others took care of things. Your brain is remembering perfectly.

  6. When fedoras were the norm. Now when you wear one, you’re directly linked to Justin Timberlake or Chris Brown.

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