Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Eddie Shack
Known to all in hockey as "The Entertainer" or "The Nose," Eddie Shack was a unique talent. Not too many players have a song made that is inspired by his play, called, "Clear the Track, Here Comes Shack."

Shack was working in a butcher shop when he decided to try out for the Guelph Biltmores. When he made the team and moved away from his family, he left with the knowledge that he could always go back and be a butcher. From 1952 to 1957 he played in Guelph before making the move to the New York Rangers farm team in the AHL, the Providence Reds. After only one season in Providence, he was called up to New York where he was expected to become a scorer. Shack was not living up to expectations and when the Rangers tried to make a trade in 1960 with the Detroit Red Wings that involved Red Kelly, the transaction was cancelled when Kelly refused to report to New York. He was finally traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs later that year.

Moving to the Leafs was a resurgence for Shack as he fit in with the team right away. In his first full season with the team, the Leafs brought home the Stanley Cup and won three in a row from 1961-62 to 1963-64. Shack scored a Cup-winning goal and later told the press that the puck had gone off his behind and that he was just trying to get out of the way! Shack won another cup with Toronto in 1967 before being traded to the Boston Bruins the next season.

Shack moved around to several other teams including the L.A. Kings, Buffalo Sabres, and Pittsburgh Penguins before ending up back in Toronto as a Leaf. He retired from the game with four Stanley Cup rings and having made three consecutive All-Star appearances from '62 to '64.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1952-53 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 21 2 6 8 45
1953-54 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 54 13 9 22 46 1 1 0 1 4
1954-55 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 19 6 7 13 35 2 0 0 0 4
1955-56 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 48 23 49 72 93 3 1 0 1 10
1956-57 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 52 47 57 104 129 10 4 10 14 53
1956-57 Guelph Biltmores M-Cup 6 2 2 4 26
1957-58 Providence Reds AHL 35 16 18 34 98
1958-59 New York Rangers NHL 67 7 14 21 109
1959-60 New York Rangers NHL 62 8 10 18 110
1959-60 Springfield Indians AHL 9 3 4 7 10
1960-61 New York Rangers NHL 12 1 2 3 17
1960-61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 55 14 14 28 90 4 0 0 0 2
1961-62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 44 7 14 21 62 9 0 0 0 18
1962-63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 16 9 25 97 10 2 1 3 11
1963-64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 11 10 21 128 13 0 1 1 25
1964-65 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 67 5 9 14 68 5 1 0 1 8
1965-66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 26 17 43 88 4 2 1 3 33
1965-66 Rochester Americans AHL 8 3 4 7 12
1966-67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 11 14 25 58 8 0 0 0 8
1967-68 Boston Bruins NHL 70 23 19 42 107 +1 4 0 1 1 6
1968-69 Boston Bruins NHL 50 11 11 22 74 +2 9 0 2 2 23
1969-70 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 22 12 34 113 -38
1970-71 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 2 2 4 8 -3
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 56 25 17 42 93 -29
1971-72 Buffalo Sabres NHL 50 11 14 25 34 -11
1971-72 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 18 5 9 14 12 +5 4 0 1 1 15
1972-73 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 25 20 45 84 -10
1973-74 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 7 8 15 74 +1 4 1 0 1 2
1974-75 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 26 2 1 3 11 -8
1974-75 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 8 3 4 7 10
1975-76
1976-77 Whitby Warriors OHA-Sr. 9 5 4 9 8
NHL Totals 1047 239 226 465 1437 74 6 7 13 151


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1962, 1963, 1964) Traded to Detroit by NY Rangers with Bill Gadsby for Red Kelly and Billy McNeill, February 5, 1960.
Kelly and McNeill refused to report and transaction was cancelled, February 7, 1960. Traded to Toronto by NY Rangers for Pat Hannigan and Johnny Wilson, November 7, 1960. Traded to Boston by Toronto for Murray Oliver and cash, May 15, 1967. Traded to Los Angeles by Boston with Ross Lonsberry for Ken Turlik and Los Angeles' 1st round choices in 1971 (Ron Jones) and 1973 (Andre Savard) Amateur Drafts, May 14, 1969. Traded to Buffalo by Los Angeles with Dick Duff for Mike McMahon Jr. and future considerations, November 24, 1970. Traded to Pittsburgh by Buffalo for Rene Robert, March 4, 1972. Traded to Toronto by Pittsburgh for cash, July 3, 1973.