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Eddie Shore

Eddie Shore Eddie "The Edmonton Express" Shore was born on November 25, 1902 in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada. He played very little hockey as a young child, but through hard work made his way to professional hockey. Shore's career began in the Western Hockey League with the Regina Caps. He joined the Caps in 1924 as a forward and was converted to the defenseman position while playing for the Edmonton Eskimos. The Western Hockey League folded in 1927, and Shore's rights were sold to the Boston Bruins of the NHL. In his rookie year, Eddie Shore scored 12 goals and added 8 assits for 18 points; an offensive total unheard of for a defenseman in that era of the National Hockey League. But he wasn't just a scoring threat, Shore was a tough defenseman and he set an NHL record for 165 penalty minutes in his second season with the Boston Bruins.

Eddie Shore combined his talent and grit to revolutionize play in the NHL. He was often known to run over players during his end to end rushes, which he would culminate by shooting wide of the net, just so he could go after the rebound off the boards. He skated with a unique "crouch", in a style that made it very hard to knock him off his skates. Shore was named to the NHL All-Star team for eight of the first nine years that the NHL all-star team was selected. He was the only NHL defenseman to win four Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player. Eddie Shore also anchored the Boston Bruins defense through two Stanley Cup victories.

Shore bought the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League and operated the team after he retired from his playing days. He is often described as one of the best defenseman to have played in the NHL. Shore personified a rough and tough style of hockey, a style that was memorialized into popular lore by the movie Slapshot - "Old time hockey, just like Eddie Shore". Eddie Shore was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947 and passed away in 1985.

Here is a summary of Eddie Shore's NHL accomplishments;

Year    Team                 GP   G   A   Pts   Pim
1926-27 Boston Bruins        41  12   6   18    130      
1927-28 Boston Bruins        44  11   6   17    165      
1928-29 Boston Bruins        39  12   7   19     96      
1929-30 Boston Bruins        43  12  19   31    105      
1930-31 Boston Bruins        44  15  16   31    105      
1931-32 Boston Bruins        44   9  13   22     80      
1932-33 Boston Bruins        48   8  27   35    102      
1933-34 Boston Bruins        30   2  10   12     57      
1934-35 Boston Bruins        48   7  26   33     32      
1935-36 Boston Bruins        46   3  16   19     61 
1936-37 Boston Bruins        19   3   1    4     12 
1937-38 Boston Bruins        47   3  14   17     42
1938-39 Boston Bruins        46   4  14   18     37
1939-40 Boston Bruins         4   2   1    3      4 
1939-40 New York Americans   10   2   3    5      9
NHL Totals                  553 105 179  284   1037 


Trophies Hart Memorial - 4 (1933, 1935, 1936, 1938)
Championships Stanley Cup - 2 (1929, 1939)
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