A Zamboni Time Machine Flashback: Eddie Shore

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The Zamboni Time Machine is our look at the zany, interesting, and historic look at hockeys glorious past. This Zamboni Time Machine Flashback features a story about the sheer willpower of Hall of Fame defenesman Eddie Shore.

Eddie Shore was one of a kind.

Born in 1902, his Hall of Fame NHL playing career spanned from 1926 to 1940, with fourteen seasons played for the Boston Bruins and his final season spent with the New York Americans. Known for his “win at all costs” attitude, many compared him to baseball’s Ty Cobb, who was similarly successful in his sport and had the same attitude towards it. In his last NHL season, he also played for the Springfield Indians of the then International-American Hockey League (now known as the American Hockey League). Shore’s unique style and attitude would carry over to his time as a team owner, and leave its mark on hockey history. For more on the franchise Shore owned, please click on this link: The franchise(s) history of the Utica Comets.


As a player and later as a team owner, Eddie Shore was as rough as he was talented. Over the course of his playing career, he broke his back, collarbone, hip, had every tooth knocked out, broke his nose fourteen times, broke his jaw five times, and had over 900 stitches put into various parts of his body. Despite all of this, Shore rarely missed a game.

In Shore’s era, teams traveled by train, as air travel was in its infancy. The Bruins were scheduled to play a game on January 3rd, 1929 in Montreal against the Maroons (Montreal had two NHL games at this time). Every member of the Bruins managed to make it to the train station on time except for Shore – who missed the train because of a traffic jam. The next train to Montreal was canceled because of an incoming blizzard, but Shore absolutely refused to miss the game. He reached out to a wealthy friend of his who loaned the determined defenseman the use of his limousine and chauffeur so he could get to Montreal.

Episode #56 features defenseman Jaxon Rutkowski of the number three ranked in the nation Utica College Pioneers men’s ice hockey team! We chat with Jaxon about the season so far, exchanging pleasantries with referees, his time with the Hampton Roads Whalers of the USPHL, and being recruited by Utica College and Coach Heenan, the hockey benefits of working outdoors and fishing, which Pioneer is the biggest wrestling fan and much more!

As they headed north out of Boston, the storm hit and it was as big as advertised. The driver of the limousine did not want to go any further, so Shore made him get into the passenger seat and took over the driving himself. The pair found an all-night gas station where they bought some chains for the tires, but that did not help the visibility as the windshield wipers had frozen to the windshield. To remedy this, Shore removed the top half of the windshield and they continued on through the night – driving through the sleet and blizzard conditions without the protection of half of their windshield.

They had to stop once more during their all-night journey to purchase another set of tire chains, but even with those, they still had to be pulled out of a ditch twice by people who happened to live nearby. Despite all the obstacles, Eddie Shore arrived in Montreal at 5:30 pm, just in time for the game against the Maroons at 7:00. Even though he got no sleep, had numb legs, and his face and hands being windburned and frostbitten, Shore talked Bruins coach Art Ross into letting him play that night. Boston won the game by a score of 1-0 on a goal by, you guessed it, Eddie Shore.

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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