Eddie Shack, one of the NHL’s most colour personalities, has passed away at age 83.
The Maple Leafs issued a statement via Twitter:
The Maple Leafs are deeply saddened by the passing of Eddie Shack.
A three-time all star and four-time Stanley Cup champion, Eddie entertained Leafs fans on the ice for nine seasons and for decades off of it. He will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/vMz0pznuNv
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 26, 2020
Shack was part of the Leafs dynasty that claimed four Stanley Cups between 1962 and 1967.
In 1,047 career NHL games, Shack collected 239 goals and 465 points. After beginning his career with the New York Rangers, Shack went on to top the 20-goal mark on five occasions, each with a different team: Toronto, Boston, Los Angeles, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
Nicknamed “The Entertainer”, Shack was the subject of the song “Clear The Track” written by broadcaster and author Brian McFarlane, and performed by Douglas Rankine and the Secrets in 1966.
Infamously, in 1974, Shack antagonized several players on the St. Louis Blues, including Bob Plager and Bob Kelly, prompting his opponents to chase him around the rink.
Last fall, Shack collaborated with SportsNet broadcast Ken Reid in releasing his autobiography.