Fred Shero
Position Defenceman
Shot Left
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
Teams New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born Octoober 23,1925,
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Died November 24, 1990 (age 65),
Pro Career 1947 – 1958

Fred Alexander Shero (October 23, 1925 - November 24, 1990) was a Canadian professional player and coach. His son Ray Shero serves as the general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing careerEdit

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he attended the University of Manitoba and served in the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II. In 1945, he played for the navy team Winnipeg HMCS Chippewa, the 1944-45 Manitoba Senior Playoffs winners. He played three seasons (1947–48, 1948–49, and 1949–50) with the New York Rangers.


Coaching careerEdit

He was the coach of the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Rangers. He was the coach of the Flyers when they won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975. Through the start of the 2007-08 NHL season, he remains the winningest coach in Flyers history with 308 wins, plus 48 more in playoff competition. He was the coach of the New York Rangers when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979.

In 1974, he won the Jack Adams Award for NHL Coach of the Year. In 1980, he was a co-recipient of the Lester Patrick Trophy awarded for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Before leading his team to a clinching Game 6 victory in the 1974 Stanley Cup final, the teams first-ever Stanley Cup, Fred Shero wrote his most famous motivational line on the team's blackboard: "Win together today, and we walk together forever."

He died of stomach cancer on November 24, 1990 at the age of 65.

In a 1999 Philadelphia Daily News poll, he was selected as the city’s greatest professional coach/manager, beating out legends such as Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics, Dallas Green of the Philadelphia Phillies, Dick Vermeil and Greasy Neale of the Philadelphia Eagles, and Billy Cunningham and Alex Hannum of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1944-45 Winnipeg Rangers MJHL 2 0 5 5 0 3 1 1 2 8

Awards & Achievements Edit

Coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T Pts Finish W L Win % Result
PHI71–72 7826381466 5th in West - - - -
PHI72–73 78373011852nd in West56.454Semi-Finalist
PHI73–74 785016121121st in West 12 5 .706 Won Stanley Cup
PHI74–75 805118111131st in Patrick125 .706 Won Stanley Cup
PHI75–76 805113161181st in Patrick 8 8 .500 Finalist
PHI76–77 804816161121st in Patrick46 .400 Semi-Finalist
PHI77–78 804520151052nd in Patrick 6 5 .545 Semi-Finalist
PHI total 554308
7114835.5786 Playoff Appearances
2 Stanley Cups
NYR78–79 80402911913rd in Patrick 11 7 .611 Finalist
NYR79–80 80383210863rd in Patrick45 .444 Quarter-Finalist
NYR80–81 20413311-----
NYR total 18082
1881512 .555 2 Playoff Appearances
Total 734390
8996347 .573 8 Playoff Appearances
2 Stanley Cups

Preceded by
Vic Stasiuk
Head Coaches of the Philadelphia Flyers
Succeeded by
Bob McCammon
Preceded by
New Award
Winner of the Jack Adams Award
Succeeded by
Bob Pulford
Preceded by
Jean-Guy Talbot
Head Coaches of the New York Rangers
Succeeded by
Herb Brooks

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