The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of graduate and former long-time NHL forward Eddie Shack who passed away this past weekend at the age of 83.
A colourful figure in the hockey world, Shack got his start with the OHA’s Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters, playing five seasons from 1952-57 where he registered 219 points (91-128–219) over 194 career regular season games. Born to Ukrainian immigrants, Shack was working at a butcher’s shop in his hometown of Sudbury when he tried out for the Biltmores and made the team.
Nicknamed “The Entertainer”, Shack would go on to win four Stanley Cup titles with the Toronto Maple Leafs over an NHL career that spanned parts of 17 seasons from 1958-75. While most of his career was spent with the Maple Leafs, he made other stops in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
Shack, who scored the winning goal in the 1963 Stanley Cup Final, accumulated 465 points (239-226–465) and 1,439 penalty minutes over his 1,047-game NHL career.
He was a larger than life personality who spent much of his post-playing career starring in television ad campaigns, appearing on billboards and in radio spots, and even opened up the ‘Eddie Shack Donuts’ chain in 1994.
For more on the life and career of Eddie Shack, visit sportsnet.ca.