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Oct. 16, 1947 (Rangers at Montreal Canadiens)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS AS PLAYER
April 23, 1950 (Rangers at Detroit Red Wings) (Stanley Cup Finals)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
Lester Patrick Trophy — 1980
RANGERS COACHING STATISTICS
Head coach and general manager — 1978 to 1980
Career regular-season record — 82-74-24
Career playoff record — 15-12
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 230
Minor-league teams: Brooklyn (EHL) 1943-44; New York Rovers (EHL) 1943-44, 1945-1947; New Haven (AHL) 1946-47, 1949-50; St. Paul (USHL) 1947-48; Cincinnati (AHL) 1950-51
Nicknames: Freddie, The Fog
Full name: Frederick Alexander Shero
Uniform Numbers: 3
Retired from pro hockey: 1958
Few characters have captured the imagination of hockey fans like Freddie "The Fog" Shero. Although his NHL playing career was fairly brief, Shero went on to achieve his greatest fame as an NHL head coach.
Signed by the Rangers in 1943, Shero missed the entire 1944-45 season while serving in the Canadian Navy during World War II. He returned to the organization in 1945 and spent two seasons in the minors before cracking the Rangers` roster for the 1947-48 season opener. He became a Blueshirts regular in 1948-49 and was part of the 1949-50 team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Twenty-nine years after playing his last NHL game in the Cup Finals, Shero was back there with the Blueshirts, coaching the 1978-79 team that stunned the Islanders in the semifinals before falling to Montreal. By that time, Shero was no stranger to Stanley Cup runs, having won titles with Philadelphia in 1974 and 1975. With the Rangers, he also served as the team`s general manager.
Shero`s 1979 playoff team orchestrated one of hockey`s greatest playoff upsets in beating the Islanders and assured his legend in New York as well as Philadelphia. In 1980, Shero`s contributions to the growth of hockey in the U.S. were recognized when he received the Lester Patrick Trophy alongside the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.
In addition to his hockey achievements, Shero was also a top-notch boxer, winning the Manitoba Provincial bantam and flyweight championships in 1940.
Shero`s son Ray has continued the family tradition by serving as an NHL team executive in Ottawa and Nashville.
º Photographic Memory: 1979 Run to Finals
º Coaches` Records
º Rangers NHL Award Winners
º Rangers Management