"Win today, and we walk together forever."
It was the line that Fred Shero wrote on the chalkboard in the locker room prior to Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins.
Didn't want to spoil the ending, but the Flyers won that game, the Cup, and the hearts of Philadelphia fans forever. I guess Shero was right.
Better yet, the Flyers won the Stanley Cup in 1975. While they fell short in 1976, you can't help but note Shero as the greatest coach this city has ever seen.
He helped brand the Flyers as one of the toughest teams in NHL history. The "Broad Street Bullies" were the most feared team to play in the league on a night in, night out basis.
Shero led the Flyers to three 50-win seasons in the mid-1970's, three Cup Finals appearances, and two Cup wins.
He was also an innovator, becoming the first coach to utilize systems, study film, train during the season, and have morning skates. To say the least, Shero trailblazed his way through the game of hockey, and for that, he should be recognized.
Not only should he be recognized as the best coach in Philadelphia, he should be recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame. Believe it or not, Shero is not in the Hall of Fame. It's a shame he isn't a part of the Hall, because there are few men more deserving than Shero.
Shero did go on to coach the New York Rangers after he departed the Flyers following the 1978 season.
We'll forgive you, Mr. Shero. After all, it wouldn't be Broad Street without you.