By Mike Harrington
The Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tonight at 7:30 in Toronto (televised on NHL Network) and it marks a career milestone for Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer and Canadian women's star Geraldine Heaney.
(In a luncheon earlier today, former CBC and Sabres analyst Harry Neale was honored with the Foster Hewitt Award for broadcasting excellent. Amy Moritz spoke with Neale for this story in today's editions.)
Also earning his Hall call tonight posthumously is longtime former NHL coach Fred Shero and he will be represented by his son, Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero.
Here's a great NHL.com story about Shero's legacy in the game.
Nashville Predators announcer Pete Weber, my good friend and the longtime former Bisons and Sabres radio voice, taped an interview about Shero with his Nashville color analyst and former Shero center Terry Crisp. It's a great, breezy listen at the end of this post (Thanks for the assist, Pete).
Crisp first met Shero in Buffalo, playing for the 1969-70 Bisons that won the AHL's Calder Cup in the team's final season before the Sabres came to town. He then played for both of Philadelphia's Stanley Cup champions, including the 1975 team that beat the Sabres in Game Six at Memorial Auditorium to win their second straight Cup.
The interview includes stories about crazy practice drills, the wild 1976 game against the Central Red Army that saw the Russians walk off the ice for a few minutes, and Shero's famous 1974 blackboard quote before the Flyers' first Cup clincher against Boston: "Win today and we'll walk together forever."
It's great stuff.
Terry Crisp/Pete Weber on Shero