Wednesday, November 23, 2011
An NHL record was set on this day in 1929 following an incident when the rugged Buck Boucher of the Montreal Maroons got into a fight with defenseman and legendary tough customer Eddie Shore of the Boston Bruins.
At the conclusion of the fight, Shore picked up his stick and proceeded to butt end rookie Dave Trottier of the Maroons, which set off round two for Shore. Trottier, however suffered a collapsed lung, most likely as a result of an injury from the butt ending.
Shore, already public enemy #1 in hockey during his day, was now a wanted man as far as the Maroons were concerned, and they wanted revenge. The first to attempt to extract a pound of flesh was the undersized Hooley Smith, who Shore outweighed by forty pounds! Smith could hold his own however, as his 83 penalty minutes in the 44 game season were third on the club.
Red Dutton, who led the Maroons in penalty minutes that season, sought out Shore to accomplish what Smith couldn't, and the two went at it for Shore's fourth round of the night.
Despite the damage inflicted on Shore up to this point, he had one more bout on his fight card still to go, this one with renowned fighter Babe Siebert, whose 94 penalty minutes came just behind Dutton's 98 that year. Shore, still full of vinegar nailed Siebert with a hard hit as Siebert was flying down the ice. As Siebert rose, Shore clobbered him. This enraged Siebert, who stared at Shore with his stick raised. Siebert and Shore went at it so violently, that the game had to be delayed while the resulting blood was cleaned off of the ice.
Trottier and Siebert from the Maroons both ended up in the hospital as did Shore, thanks to a litany of injuries, - a broken nose, four missing teeth, two black eyes to go with the cuts he had above each one, a gash on his cheek and a concussion! Still, Shore had done what he set out to accomplish, as the defenseman contributed a pair of assists as the Bruins won 4-3.
Barring any further rules changes, Shore's record five fighting majors will live on unchallenged forever, as NHL rules now dictate that any player receiving three fighting majors in one game be given a game misconduct, ending his night and keeping Shore's record intact.
By the end of the season, Shore would total 105 penalty minutes for third overall the league, one place ahead of Dutton's 98. Siebert and Smith would both land places in the top ten as well, making the Maroons game against Boston a true heavyweight card that would go down in the record books seemingly forever.
Shore from the 1933 Sport Kings trading card set,
one of only three hockey players in the 48 card set
Shore would eventually have a 14 year NHL career during which he would receive 978 stitches, break his nose foureen times and his jaw five times as well as a hip, collar bone and his back. He would also win the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP four times, the most of any defenseman, and win a pair of Stanley Cups. He would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947. Of the five men Shore fought that night in 1929, Boucher (1960), Dutton (1958), Siebert (1964) and Smith (1972) would all be inducted into the hall of fame as well.
Today's featured jersey is a 1929-30 Boston Bruins Eddie Shore jersey. The Bruins were still using their original colors of brown and yellow, which came from the club's original owner Charles Adams' grocery store chain, First National Stores. The Bruins wore a different style in each of their first two seasons before adopting this style in 1926. They would continue to wear this sweater for six seasons, including a Stanley Cup championship in 1929.
Today's video is a fifteen minute film on the career of Shore, a rich topic worthy of much more than we can provide here in this format.