Former Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Monday, an honor that was richly deserved and long overdue.
"Freddie the Fog" coached the Flyers from 1972-73 until 1977-78, leading them to a pair of Stanley Cup championships and reaching the final round on one other occasion.
The Flyers failed to reach the playoffs in Shero's first season in Philadelphia but advanced to the semifinals or further in each of the other six seasons he was behind the bench.
While many hockey fans remember those Flyers teams for their intimidating and fight-filled tactics, Shero was also an innovator. Shero was the first NHL coach to institute the morning skate for his players. He also studied the tactics of the Soviets and incorporated some of them into the NHL game at a time when many people around the league felt there was nothing for North American teams to learn from Europe. He was also the first NHL head coach to hire a full-time assistant coach.
By winning two Stanley Cups, Shero left his mark on Philadelphia. By adding innovations, he left a legacy on the game. His son, Ray Shero, is now general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins and helped build a championship team there.
Here is a look at the top moments that Shero had as coach of the Flyers. Feel free to comment on any of these or add another one that you feel belongs on this list. As always, please indicate why you feel your choice belongs here.