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.