Hall induction night Monday for Fred Shero

Flyers coach Fred Shero (center), with Bernie Parent (left) and Bobby Clarke, exults over the 1975 Stanley Cup. Shero will enter the Hall of Fame Monday.
Flyers coach Fred Shero (center), with Bernie Parent (left) and Bobby Clarke, exults over the 1975 Stanley Cup. Shero will enter the Hall of Fame Monday. (AP)
Posted: November 12, 2013

TORONTO - After almost three decades of being snubbed - perhaps because some committee members were bitter about his team's brawling style - former Flyers coach Fred Shero will be inducted into hockey's Hall of Fame on Monday night in Toronto.

"It's long overdue, and I'm just glad both of his sons get a chance to enjoy this induction," said Ed Snider, chairman of the Flyers' parent company, Comcast-Spectacor.

Shero died in 1990, and his wife, Mariette, passed away in 2010.

Shero's sons - Ray, who is the Pittsburgh Penguins' general manager, and Jean-Paul - will be among the large contingent of Shero supporters at the ceremony, one that will include relatives, friends, and 15 former Flyers and several from the team's front office.

"I thought he should have been in a long time ago," Snider said. "I'm in. [Former general manager] Keith Allen is in. Several of the players are in, but Freddy is the guy who made it all happen, and he didn't get the recognition he should have gotten. But no sense looking back. I'm just happy that it's finally happened."

Right winger Brendan Shanahan, currently the NHL's dean of discipline, and defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer will also be inducted, along with Canadian women's national team defenseman Geraldine Heaney.

Jay Greenberg, who covered the Flyers from 1975 to 1989 for the Evening Bulletin and then the Philadelphia Daily News, and broadcaster Harry Neale will be inducted into the Hall's media wing. Greenberg will receive the Elmer Ferguson Award for his outstanding writing, while Neale, who worked for Hockey Night in Canada before joining the Buffalo Sabres, is the winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award.

The media wing also includes two others who had Flyers ties: broadcasters Gene Hart and Mike "Doc" Emrick.

Greenberg covered the Flyers during a part of Shero's tenure.

In a six-year span, Shero led his teams to four Stanley Cup Finals appearances, including 1979 with the New York Rangers.

"I really admired him because he put me in situations which, as a young player, was almost like a veteran's role," said Hall of Fame left winger Bill Barber, who was 21 and in his second season when the Flyers won their first Stanley Cup in 1974. "That's how I remember him best. Preparation for our hockey team. Preparing our team for the opposition and how we needed to play."

Bryz 'learned a lot' in Philly

Former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, who will have an AHL assignment in Oklahoma City before joining the Edmonton Oilers, told the Edmonton Sun: "You do more learning from the tough times you've been through. When times are difficult it forces you to think and do things you've never done. I learned a lot from these two years in Philly."

Such as?

"I just can tell you when the time is right," he said. "I will write the book. You can read it then."

Breakaways

The Flyers will play on Tuesday in Ottawa, getting their first look at Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan in a Senators uniform. . . . Winger Steve Downie, who has missed the last four games with a concussion suffered in a Nov. 1 fight, could return to the lineup on Tuesday.


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