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Eddie Shore Signed Check
Lot #214

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Eddie Shore Signed Check
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Eddie Shore Signed Check
Lot #214

This check was signed by Hall of Fame defenseman Eddie Shore. Born in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Shore played with the Regina Capitals of the Western Canada Hockey League in 1924-25. His team finished last in the league and folded at the end of the season. Shore moved to the league champion Edmonton Eskimos in 1925-26, where he converted from forward to defense.

When the WCHL folded in 1926, Shore was sold to the Boston Bruins of the NHL. As a rookie, he scored 12 goals and 6 assists for a total of 18 points. This was during an era when defensemen scored few goals. Shore helped the Bruins win their first Stanley Cup in 1929.Named to the NHL All-Star team for eight of the team's first nine years, Shore is the only NHL defenseman to win the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player four times. A bruiser known for NHL violence, Shore set an NHL record for 165 penalty minutes in his second season. He frequently ran over players and skated in a trademark crouch so that it was hard for rivals to knock him down.

In Boston on December 12, 1933, Shore ended the career of Toronto Maple Leafs star Ace Bailey when he charged Bailey from behind. Bailey was knocked unconscious and was in convulsions. In retaliation, Leafs tough-guy Red Horner punched Shore, whose head hit the ice as he fell from the blow. Shore was knocked out and required seven stitches but wasn't injured. Shore apologized to Bailey after the game. Bailey was hospitalized in critical condition with a fractured skull. He was operated on for more than four hours and there were fears he could die. Shore and Bailey shook hands at centre ice before a benefit game in Bailey's honor on February 14, 1934.

Shore and the Bruins won their second Stanley Cup in 1939. Shore retired and bought the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League, where he was player-owner in 1939-40. He was persuaded to rejoin the Bruins and played four games for the team before being traded to the New York Americans on January 25, 1940. He stayed with the Americans through their elimination from the playoffs, and was simultaneously playing with the Indians in their playoff games.

On February 28, 1985, Shore checked into a Springfield hospital. His condition gradually deteriorated, and he died on March 16, 1985 at age 82. Shore was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947. The Boston Bruins retired his number 2. The Eddie Shore Plaque is given annually to the AHL's best defenseman. Eddie is considered one of the game’s all-time greats and was so recognized in the now revered ‘The Hockey News’ book which ranked the 50 greatest players in NHL history. Eddie was honored as the 10th greatest player in NHL history in that publication.