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Eddie Shack
Eddie Shack.jpg
Position Forward
Shot Left
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Teams New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Los Angeles Kings
Buffalo Sabres
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born (1937-02-11)February 11, 1937,
Sudbury, Ontario, CAN
Pro Career 1959 – 1975

Eddie Steven Phillip Shack (born February 11, 1937-July 25, 2020), also known by the nicknames "The Entertainer" and "The Nose" is a Canadian player who played for six National Hockey League teams from 1959 to 1975.

He passed away on July 25, 2020 after a lengthy bout with throat cancer.

Playing Career

Shack played junior hockey for the Guelph Biltmores of the OHA for five seasons starting at the age of 15. His best season was 1956–57, where he led the league in assists and starred in the Memorial Cup playoffs.

Signed by the New York Rangers and playing half a season for their AHL Providence Reds farm team, he made the NHL team in the 1959 season and played two undistinguished seasons for the Blueshirts. In 1960 he was to be traded to the Detroit Red Wings with Bill Gadsby for Red Kelly and Billy McNeill but the transaction was cancelled when Red Kelly retired rather than be traded.

In November of the 1961 season, Shack was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he played five seasons on the left wing as a colourful, third-line agitator who was popular with the fans despite a lack of scoring prowess During the 1966 season Shack broke out, scoring his career high 26 goals on a line with Ron Ellis and Bob Pulford.

Shack was a part of the Maple Leafs last Stanley Cup-winning team in 1967, even though his production fell significantly. He was traded in the fall of 1967 to the Boston Bruins. Playing on the right wing on a line with Derek Sanderson and Wayne Cashman, Shack revived and scored 23 goals for the powerhouse Bruins team.

Injuries marred the following season, and he spent the next four seasons moving between the Los Angeles Kings, the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh sold him back to Toronto for the 1974 season, but his skills eroded by age and injuries, Shack's skills had largely deserted him and he retired in 1977.


  • Played for Stanley Cup winning teams in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1967. He scored the Cup-winning goal in 1963, claiming famously that he had scored the goal off of his backside and was only trying to get out of the way.
  • Played in the All-Star Game in 1962, 1963 and 1964.
  • Only the second player to score twenty or more goals in a season for five or more NHL teams.



A short video of Bob Leiter hitting Eddie Shack, causing glass on the side boards to shatter and then the fight between the two, January 18, 1964.

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