Philadelphia Flyers

10 Influential People in Philadelphia Flyers’ History: No. 4 Fred Shero

Alan BassSenior Writer IJuly 19, 2008

1) Never go offside on a three on two or two on one.

2) Never go backwards in your own end except on a powerplay.

3) Never throw a puck out blindly from behind your opponent's net.

4) Never pass diagonally across ice in your own end unless 100 percent certain.

5) Wings on wings in neutral zone—unless intercepting a pass.

6) Second man goes all the way in for a rebound.

7) Defense with puck at opponents' blueline—look at each teammate before shooting.

8) Wing in front of opponents' net must face puck and lean on stick.

9) Puck carrier over center with no room and no one to pass to must shoot puck in.

10) No forward must ever turn his back on the puck.

11) No player must be more than two zones away from puck.

12) Never be outnumbered in defensive zone.

13) On delayed penalty, puck carrier must look for extra man.

14) Be alert to time left on opponent's penalty.


This is the bible...also known as Fred Shero’s coaching philosophies.

No. 3 is also followed by his famous quote: “If you throw a blind pass, just keep on skating...right out the arena.”

Fred Shero was hired by the Flyers as the third head coach in team history in 1971. It was the first coaching job of his career, and he was more prepared than any coach in history.

In his first season with the team, he posted 26 wins, and missed a playoff berth on the last day of the season. He hired an assistant coach for the first time in NHL history, and the next season, the Flyers were on their way to becoming a dynasty.

In 1973-1974, Shero led the Flyers to both their, and his, first 50-win season.  That year, he led the Flyers to their first Stanley Cup in team history. It was also the first Stanley Cup win for an expansion team.

Shero was the best coach in Philadelphia Flyers’ history, no discussion needed.  This is simply because he is the only coach that brought the Cup to Philly.

His famous quote that he used before the game was, “Win today, walk together forever.”  Every player remembers that quote to this day, and knows that it is 100 percent true.

He also told his players that they would not realize their influence on the city until 10 years after they retired. Every player also agreed with this and stated how true it was.

When he repeated a 50-win season and a second consecutive championship, he described his experience as such: "This is better than heaven. I'm the luckiest guy in the world. I've had three lucky days, the day I got married, the day we won last year and last night when we won again.”

“The Fog” also started a tradition that is normal today: the morning skate. He was the first coach to implement this, and now every coach and team has a morning skate before each game.

His training methods showed that there is indeed a unique way to coach a team.  He was always switching things up, sometimes using tennis balls instead of pucks, sometimes using NASA training techniques to keep practices fun.

Players were often confused by him and his mysterious ways, but every player loved and respected him because he was such a genius behind the bench. He is the main reason why Philadelphia owned two consecutive Stanley Cups in the mid-1970s.

And that is why he is the No. 4 person on the list of most influential people in Flyers’ history.

Here are some famous quotes of Freddie Shero’s that he used throughout his coaching career:

“Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire.”

“Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.”

“Success is failing nine times and getting up 10.”

"We know that hockey is where we live, where we can best meet and overcome pain and wrong and death. Life is just a place where we spend time between games."


Note: This is part seven of a 10-part series. Stay tuned, a new one will be published every day.

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