There are some greats in the NHL that never received their recognition. Like Eric Lindros, the enigmatic late coach Fred Shero has yet to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. For both men who had such an impact on Philadelphia sports it’s only a matter of time before that happens. But history tells us Lindros will get there first.
Which is a shame and does not make sense, especially with how much Shero’s coaching influenced how the game is coached. This is not just a sentiment of Flyers Fans, because NHL Network reporter and former player Barry Melrose expressed his thoughts on Shero a few weeks ago through his twitter.
” Fred Shero should definitely be in hall he changed the game changed the way coaches coached.”
The players Shero coached back in the ’70s would attest to this as well, especially then team Captain Bobby Clarke. Shero was an oddball but he was also one of the first coaches to really challenge his players to ask questions. He kept them on their toes and always thinking. In the Broad Street Bullies HBO documentary former Flyers reminisce about how they would do strange activities in practice that didn’t make much sense or seem like it had anything to do with hockey. When Clarke or his teammates would question their coach he actually praised them for being alert and constantly asking questions about what they were doing. Shero should be most noted for never yelling at his players which is a rarity in this game.
Shero is a legend in Philadelphia mostly through being the head coach to lead the Flyers to two consecutive Stanley Cup Championships. He will be forever loved in Philly because of that. Even by the fans of the new generation who were not even a thought yet when he coached the team to victory. With his eccentric and unusual tactics Shero did really change the game of hockey for the city of Philly. He may have even be one of the reasons that Philly is such a big hockey city now.
Although Shero has since past a little over 20 years ago, his impact on hockey and the city of Philadelphia still deserves him a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Someone just needs to tell that to the HHOF because another year goes by and again he is snubbed.
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