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from the CP at The Hockey News,
With 22 black-and-white pages, Fred Shero changed hockey.
Before Shero coached the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, NHL teams didn't do much in the way of systems. His playbook and standard for fundamentally sound hockey, more so than hitting or fighting, won the Broad Street Bullies two Stanley Cups.
"Freddy revolutionized the game," said former defenceman Joe Watson, who played seven years under Shero. "We never had assistant coaches till he came in. We never talked about a system until he came in. We never had practices the day of the game, we'd come to the rink but very seldom ever went out on the ice. Freddy brought this to the forefront."
Shero, who will be posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, set the tone for his teams with a playbook that led off with "Fundamental Rules." Watson remembered when the Flyers had 10 rules to follow, but by the 1975-76 season, the list grew to 16.
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
He was the first head coach to hire an assistant and among the first to use video as a coaching tool and to institute game-day skates. He was a pioneer in the study of Soviet hockey, even traveling behind the Iron Curtain to do so.
Yet, somehow, Fred Shero is not in the Hall of Fame.
We don’t even know if he’s ever been nominated because nominations are kept secret.
“I think over the past few years, people are realizing he’s not in and are making a big push,” Ray Shero said. “I’ve talked to (Flyers chairman) Ed Snider, and he said, ‘This is so ridiculous. Weren’t people watching hockey?’ “
Of course they were, but the ‘70’s Flyers played the most violent form of it anyone had seen. They racked up fighting majors and resentments by the dozen — some of the latter lingering to this day.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Hockey Hall of Fame announced new voting procedures beginning with 2010 that will allow the process to be less restrictive and more inclusive, specifically as it relates to female candidates. It’s a welcome change.
But this is the year for the 18-member panel of voters to remedy what in my mind its most glaring omission to date and one that cannot be defended.
This is the year for the committee to elect Fred Shero, the coach who only helped revolutionize the game during the ‘70s on Broad Street, to the Hall of Fame.
This is also the year for the committee to honor the great Pat Burns with election and induction in November so he can receive his plaque and enjoy the tribute he so richly and unambiguously deserves.