Fred Shero grew up in Winnipeg’s North End. The New York Rangers noticed him when he was 17 and his father reluctantly signed his contract while warning him that “hockey players are looking for work when they are 30.” Shero played for the New York Rovers, then wartime hockey with HMCS Chippawa, back to the Rovers and eventually to the Rangers where he played 145 NHL games on the blueline. From 1947-50, Shero garnered 6 goals, 14 assists for 20 points and 137 PIMs. He added 2 assists and 8 PIMs in 13 playoff games. While he played rugged defense, the Rangers hoped he would do a little more fighting since he had been the Canadian Bantamweight boxing champion when he was just 13 and later boxed in the Navy.
Shero played minor league hockey from 1951 until 1958. His leadership qualities were recognized as he was assistant captain of the Calder Cup champion Cleveland Barons 1952-53 and 1953-54. He then captained the Winnipeg Warriors, WHL and Edinburgh Trophy winners in 1955-56.
As a coach, Shero won at every level of hockey. Beginning as a playing coach with Shawinigan Cataracts and winning the QHL championship in 1957-58, Shero coached 13 years in the minors chalking up six first place finishes, five second place finishes and twice finishing third. He coached the IHL champion St. Paul Saints, the CPHL champion St. Paul Rangers and Omaha Knights and the Buffalo Bisons to the AHL title. In 1971 he was elevated to the NHL by the Philadelphia Flyers where he coached seven seasons, winning consecutive Stanley Cups in 1973-74 and 1974-75. He later coached the New York Rangers for three years and ended his career in Europe.
Fred Shero died in 1990 after a lengthy bout with cancer. He was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.
b. October 23, 1925
d. November 24, 1990