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Memorable Manitobans: Fred Alexander Shero (1925-1990)

Athlete, coach.

Born at Winnipeg on 23 October 1925, son of Russian-born parents who fled to Canada after suffering religious persecution, brother of Doris Shero, he became a professional hockey career after the Second World War, playing until 1959. He played three seasons with the New York Rangers but spent most of those years in the minor leagues. After retiring as a player, he became a coach. Considered an innovator in the National Hockey League, he traveled widely in Europe to study coaching and training methods, and he borrowed techniques from the Soviet style of hockey. He coached the Philadelphia Flyers from 1971 to 1978, winning the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975, and losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the 1976 final. He was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame (1985) and Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (1999). He died of cancer at Camden, Pennsylvania on 24 November 1990.

Sources:

“Master motivator Shero dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 November 1990, page 19.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 August 2021

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