Author and Editorial + Education Facilitator for the Hockey Hall of Fame Kevin Shea stops by Marty’s Illegal Stick

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The renowned author and Editorial + Education Facilitator for the Hockey Hall of Fame was interviewed by the crew from Marty’s Illegal Stick. Here are some highlights from the show.

To say that Kevin Shea has lived a very interesting life would be an understatement.

Today, the legendary author and historian works at the Research Center and Archives for the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Along the way, he has written nineteen books about the sport of hockey, and is now among the preemminent authors and historians of the sport. Working for the Hockey Hall of Fame is a natural extension of his expertise.

Before going to work for the Hockey Hall of Fame, Shea was an executive in the music industry. It was during this time that he became friends with several high profile musicians, including the late, great Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip.

Kevin Shea discusses former Maple Leafs defenseman Bill Barilko and the rock band the Tragically Hip.
Kevin Shea talks about his work on hockey legend Derek Sanderson’s book Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original.

For most people, being an award winning author and working at the Hockey Hall of Fame would be enough – but not for Kevin Shea. He also teaches a hockey related class at Seneca College in Ontario, and organized the Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer. The Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer is an annual road (or street as some call it) hockey tournament that has raised over $23 million for cancer research.

Shea is also a member of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR). In a testament to his outstanding research and writing talent, Kevin Shea has been honored by the SIHR on two occasions. In 2017 he was awarded the Society’s President’s Award in recognition of “outstanding contributions to advancing hockey research”. In 2012, the SIHR bestowed it’s prestigious Brian McFarlane Award upon Shea for “excellence in research and writing”.

The Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers have also recognized Kevin Shea’s contributions to his field of expertise. He was presented with the SONAHHR Award from the group in 2007 for “excellence in research and writing”.

Kevin Shea discusses the archives of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Last but certainly not least, Kevin Shea is a part of the Toronto Maple Leafs Historical Committee. He serves on this committee with members of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), which is the Toronto Maple Leafs ownership group.

To learn more about Kevin Shea’s fascinating career, read his blog, or order his books, go to http://www.kevinsheahockey.com. To watch the full episode of Marty’s Illegal Stick featuring Kevin Shea, please click on the link below.

You can watch the entire interview with author and Editorial + Education Facilitator for the Hockey Hall of Fame Kevin Shea above. It is well worth the time!

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