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1974-75 Fred Shero Philadelphia Flyers Autographed Card Deceased GAI Certified
Lot #701

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1974-75 Fred Shero Philadelphia Flyers Autographed Card Deceased GAI Certified
Lot #701

Shero played 3 seasons in the NHL for the New York Rangers from 1947-48 thru 1949-50. Sandwiched around his time in the NHL, Fred played in the EHL, AHL, USHL, PCHL, WHL and QHL. His playing days not withstanding, Fred is obviously better known for his days behind the bench.

After an incredibly successful 13-year coaching career in the minors, accumulating 6 first-place and 5 second-place finishes, Shero was being considered by Flyers GM Keith Allen as the new coach of the Flyers. Fred took over the Flyers for the 1971-72 season, which turned out to be a disappointing fifth-place finish for Philadelphia. In that off-season, Fred decided that he was going to coach the Flyers the same way he had been coaching in the minors, by deploying "systems". This made him the first NHL coach to employ systems. Fred was also the first Head Coach in the NHL to hire a full time assisant coach when he hired Mike Nykoluk in 1972-73. The 1972-73 season saw Shero guide the Flyers to their first winning season in team history, making the playoffs and winning a playoff round against the Minnesota North Stars.

The 1973-74 season saw the Flyers with 50 Games, total 112 Points and take first place in the Western Divsion. After beating the Atlanta Flames in the first round, the Flyers beat the New York Rangers in 7 games becoming the first expansion team to beat an original six team in a playoff series. The Flyers then beat the favored Bruins in six games to become the first expansion team to win the Stanley Cup. Shero coached the Flyers for four more seasons, winning a Stanley Cup in 1974-75 and going to the Stanley Cup Finals again in 1975-76, only to be beaten by the Montreal Canadiens dynasty.

Shero then coached 3 seasons for the New York Rangers before calling it a career. Shero's final totals include 2 Stanley Cup Championships, a Jack Adams Award for NHL coach of the year and a Lester Patrick Trophy. Fred is a member of the Manitoba Hall of Fame, Flyers Hall of Fame, Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and was enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. Shero died in November 1990 at the age of 65.

The card is in beautiful condition and the signature is a 10. It has been GAI Certified.