Eddie Shore and that Old-Time Hockey
By C. Michael Hiam
Eddie Shore was the Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb of hockey, a brilliant player with an unmatched temper. Emerging from the Canadian prairie to become a member of the Boston Bruins in 1926, the man from Saskatchewan invaded every circuit in the NHL like a runaway locomotive on a downgrade. Hostile fans turned out in droves with a wish to see him killed, but in Boston he could do no wrong.
During his twenty-year professional career, the controversial Shore personified “that old time hockey” like no other, playing the game with complete disregard for his own safety. Shore was one of the most penalized men in the NHL, and also a perennial member of its All Star Team. A dedicated athlete, Shore won the Hart Trophy for the league’s most valuable player four times — a record for a defenseman not since matched — and led Boston to two Stanley Cups in 1929 and 1939. In 1933, Shore was the instigator of hockey’s most infamous event, the tragic “Ace Bailey Incident,” and during his subsequent sixteen-game suspension the fans chanted, “We want Shore!” After retiring from the NHL in 1940, Shore’s passion for the game remained undiminished, and as owner and tyrant of the AHL Springfield Indians, he won championship after championship.
This is an action-packed and full-throated celebration of the “mighty Eddie Shore” — and also of the sport of hockey as it was gloriously played in a bygone age.