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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Eddie Shack

(Born on February 11, 1937) -- Eddie Shack had a rather entertaining stay in Buffalo during his hockey career. He even contributed to the Sabres by leaving them.

Shack was born in Sudbury, Ont., and first signed with the New York Rangers. He then moved on to Detroit and Toronto. With the Leafs he achieved fame and popularity as part of some fine teams, including Toronto’s last Stanley Cup winner in 1967.

Then it was on to Boston and Los Angeles before Punch Imlach scooped him up in a trade in the 1970-71 season. He scored 25 goals in 56 games in the Sabres’ first-ever season, and he quickly became a fan favorite here as well.

Shack lost part of his scoring touch in the following season, and the Sabres had a chance to trade him to Pittsburgh. They picked up Rene Robert for him, which ranks as one of the most one-sided trades in Buffalo sports history.

Shack, meanwhile, had one more 25-goal season left in him in Pittsburgh. He finished his career with a few games as a Maple Leaf. Shack later revealed that he was illiterate for most of his life, and has become a strong advocate for literacy programs.

--- Budd Bailey

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