Some of the popular players in Canadian hockey history played in the NHL, and are most remembered for their skills and contribution to the game. Then there are some that are not recognized for this but also for their unique personalities. One that fits into this category is Eddie Shack.
Eddie was born in Sudbury, Ontario, and his first career was that of a butcher. This was until he decided to try out for the Guelph Biltmores Hockey team. His hockey career started at the age of fifteen and for several years following this, he never looked back.
He was signed by the New York Rangers. The 1959-60 season was played with the Blueshirts. In the 1960-61 season, Eddie wore the jersey of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He immediately worked his way into the hearts of the Toronto fans. The spectators never knew what to expect when Eddie was on the ice, taking on the role of the agitator. He wasn’t being recognized for his scoring capabilities but he was a favourite of many.
Then in the 1965-66 season, Eddie became impressive with his scoring abilities. It was this, along with his personality, that led to a song being named after him, which was “Clear the Track, Here Comes Shack”. The song was so popular that it held the number one spot on the charts for three months.
The last time that the Leafs won a Stanley Cup was in 1967 while Shack was still on the team. Following this, he was traded to the Boston Bruins. Injuries caught up with him but he didn’t let that end his career. During the next four years, he was traded several times. He eventually found his way back to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 1973-74 season. He played one more season after this before he hung up his skates.