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Admirers discuss Fred Shero’s ‘long overdue’ HHOF nod

Jul 9, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

Hockey Hall of Fame

For years, former Philadelphia Flyers head coach Fred Shero inspired people to argue about his Hockey Hall of Fame credentials. On Tuesday, the snubs finally came to an end, as he’s part of an impressive 2013 class.

To little surprise, his former players were ecstatic, with Bill Barber nailing much of the mood:

“I think it’s long overdue,” Barber said. “I’m happy for the Shero family and I’m happy for the Flyers family. I think it was an era in time that was very, very special, us winning championships, and I think it kind of completes the whole process as far as the Hall of Fame goes. Like I said, I couldn’t be any happier for them. I think Freddie was a unique man and I think he touched a lot of people’s hearts – especially mine, being a young kid and all. He gave me an opportunity to play and have fun and succeed. I can’t speak highly enough about him.”

Speaking of family, his son (and Pittsburgh Penguins GM) Ray Shero spoke to about his father’s innovative approach.

“Dad saw how [John Wooden] used his psychology of reading people at UCLA as applicable to hockey,” Ray Shero said. “My dad was pretty quiet, but if he trusted you, he would engage you and talk for hours about things. He was a big, big reader and even on Russian history. After the first Cup, he went to Russia and brought my mom for three weeks. He met with Boris Mikhailov and took Lou Vairo over there. It was a hockey seminar. He must have met with Viktor Tikhonov, too. He really loved it.”

His former goalie Bernie Parent believes his impact continues to be felt.

“I’m so happy. It’s a beautiful thing for Philadelphia and a beautiful thing for hockey,” Parent said. “I’ll never forget the quote, the last quote before the first Stanley Cup when he said ‘Win together today and we walk together forever.’ And that quote went further than just the team – it meant the whole city. Today, 39 years later, it means as much to people as it did then.”’s Tim Panaccio discusses how Fred Shero made it into the Hall of Fame in the video below:

  1. orangeandblack31 - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Freddie the fog got in! Long overdue!

  2. inhokewetrust - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Where the hell is PAT BURNS

  3. dkphilly1122 - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Definitely Longggggg Overdue!!

  4. flydommo - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:09 AM

    Fred Shero, the great innovator, deserves this honour for revolutionizing NHL hockey and coaching in the first expansion era. He has been controversial of course due to the style of play the Flyers developed under Shero’s leadership. However, the NHL was forced to restructure the rules of the game, which has resulted in the more dynamic, less conservative product we can see on the ice today. For this, Shero should be held in high regard.

  5. whammy71 - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Fred Shero – the true and original Professor of Goonism!

    He brought us such innovations as the 5-on-5 faceoff fight…and the “you breathe on our Captain, we’ll beat you up” philosophy.


    • probertfan24 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      yep…..that was it whammy…….my guess is that you are more of a fan of coaches like Jacques Lemaire and his neutral zone trap right? Do me a favor….read your history on what Fred really brought to the sport……by the way… you remember him taking that old Rangers team to the cup in ’79……that team wasn’t known as a bunch of goons, so maybe back off a bit and study harder next time!

    • eainsf - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      whammy71, you want to know the real origins of the goon, the fighter whose only job is to protect a “Star” player? Ask Wayne “the Wimp” Gretzky and Glen Sather as they created that role. I’m an Islanders fan since 1972 but the Flyers of the 70’s could all play the game, unlike Dave Cementhead Semenko and Marty McStupid McSorley. Yeah, Dave Schultz and crew were tough guys, but they all could score and play defense as well as throw fists. Don’t blame a great, innovative, Coach like Freddie “the fog” Shero for more recent problems created by the Wimp.

  6. slammed81 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Whammy… Such uneducated comment ur hate for the flyers clouds ur mind huh Shero brought alot to the game of hockey… And besides you need to score goals to win hockey games…. Gooning it up give me a break

    • drone501 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      i remember him as a genius as a head coach. he admired the russian style of play and incorporated this style in his coaching methods. long overdue for the hof. by the way, im a lifelong pens fan.

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