Fred Shero, a Renaissance man of hockey who won two Stanley Cups as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, died early Saturday morning of cancer. He was 65.
Shero coached the Flyers from the 1971-72 season through the '77-78 season. The Flyers won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975 and reached the finals in 1976, losing to Montreal.He left the Flyers to coach the New York Rangers from 1978 until November 1980, leading them to the finals in his first season. He rejoined the Flyers as a special consultant last season.
Shero, who had been hospitalized frequently in recent months, died about 5:30 a.m. EST at Cooper Hospital in Camden, N.J., Flyers spokesman Rodger Gottlieb said.
Shero coached more regular-season games than any other Flyers coach, 554, and had a record of 308-151-95. His record with the Rangers was 82-74-24.
"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Fred Shero," NHL president John Ziegler said in a statement. "Fred was one game's great innovators throughout his professional coaching career."
Shero's 734 victories rank 10th best among National Hockey League coaches and his .612 winning percentage is fourth best.
In Stanley Cup play, his record was 48-35 with the Flyers and 13-12 with the Rangers.