How Much Do Olympic Hockey Players Get Paid? [Answered!]

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are just around the corner, and everyone is talking about the “million-dollar athletes” and their paychecks. But how much do Olympic hockey players actually get paid?

The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto annually honors the incredible feats of professional hockey players past and present. In celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the NHL, the Hall of Fame announced the nominees for the 2018 induction class yesterday. Among them are some famous names, like Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr. But the class is also comprised of many lesser-known names, like Eddie Shore, who originally played in the CACFL in Canada and then moved to play professionally in the U.S.A. and Europe.

How did Shore earn a spot in the Hall of Fame? Let’s take a look.

5 Great Reasons Why Eddie Shore Should Be Inducted Into The Hockey Hall Of Fame

In addition to being one of the first American professional hockey players, Shore also spent a large portion of his career playing in other sports’ leagues. In fact, for much of the ‘20s and ‘30s, Shore was one of the highest-paid baseball players of all time. In 1928, he was paid a then-record $105,000 and won the American League Cy Young Award. After his playing days were over, he became very involved in hockey, serving as the chairman of the NHL Player’s Association for several years and as the head coach of the Boston Bruins in the ‘50s and ‘60s. He also spent many years in the media, doing interviews and appearing on talk shows, like The Ed Sullivan Show.

Shore was known to be one of the most colorful personalities in hockey, and he had a lot of fun playing for the Bruins. In 1957-58, he led the NHL in scoring with 36 points and helped his team reach the final four of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. During his playing career, Shore won the Stanley Cup three times, in 1929 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, in 1935 with the New York Rangers, and in 1937 with the Montreal Canadiens.

1. He Was A Consistent Scorer

Over his 18-year career, Shore scored 532 goals and 694 assists for 1236 points in 1391 games. He was a prolific scorer and tallied at least one point in every game he played in, something only 22 other players have ever done. Shore also registered at least one goal in 27 consecutive games and three goals in just two games. The 1927-28 season was his best, as he scored 62 goals and added 51 assists for 113 points in 62 games, helping the Bruins to a then-record 93 wins.

2. He Was An Intensity Manger

Besides being a great scorer, Shore was also known for his incredible passion for the game of hockey. Throughout his playing career, he was often referred to as “Hockey’s Babe Ruth” because of his explosive nature on the ice. During a 1957-58 game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Shore broke his jaw, knocking out several teeth. When doctors told him he would need to spend the rest of the season in the trainer’s room, he replied, “Oh, they can throw all the rest of the shots they want—I’m going to play with one jaw.” He did play with one jaw for the rest of the season, though it was clearly not the same as the other.

3. He Wasn’t Afraid To Battle The Bigger Players

Shore wasn’t afraid to step on the ice against the bigger and better players in the league. In his younger years, he spent two seasons in the minors and even one season in the UK, where he played for the Detroit Red Wings before being traded to the Maple Leafs. One of the biggest competitors he ever faced was Ted Lindsay, a well-renowned American football coach and player who had a long, distinguished career with 29 years of service in the NFL after his playing days were over. Lindsay had previously coached the Chicago Staleys (American Football League) in 1926, but when he moved to the NFL in 1930, he took his team with him, becoming one of the league’s most successful coaches. There are even records of him breaking multiple tackles in a game.

When it came to the NHL, Shore was never afraid to go head-to-head with the biggest and best. He faced off against players like Howe, who was 13 years his senior, and Sid Abel, who was 13 years his junior, and won battles against both of them. In fact, according to hockeyfights.com, Shore was never knocked out in a fight and never lost a battle either. It should come as no surprise that Lindsay, Howe, and Abel are among his Hall of Fame colleagues.

4. He Was One Of The First To Embrace The Body Checking Revolution

Shore was one of the first to embrace the newfangled checking game, which was in its nascent stages at the time he entered the league. Before the turn of the century, defense had largely been ignored by the hockey establishment, which consisted of solely focusing on offense. This changed in the early 1900s, when the Victoria Aristocrats of the Northwest Hockey Association held a contest to find the best defensive player. Their goal was to determine who could stop the most shots. The contest was won by Edward “Ducky” Everett, who could stop 126 shots without getting scored on.

Everett went on to play 18 years in the NHL, winning six Stanley Cup championships with the Ottawa Senators. He later became one of the founders of the NHL’s defensive branch and also coached the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Maroons (later renamed the Cleveland Indians). His grandson, Murray “Uggy” Everett, also became a successful NHL coach and won two Stanley Cup championships with the Bruins. After his playing career, Everett became one of the game’s first broadcasters, working for the NHL and its radio network covering hockey games and working on multiple documentaries about the sport. In one of these films, a young Eddie Shore is shown practicing his slapshot, which he would go on to perfect.

5. He Deserves To Be Remembered As One Of The First Black Professional Hockey Players

The first black professional hockey player was William “Big Bill” Davidson, who played right wing for the Ottawa Senators in the early 1900s. Before Davidson, the closest any black athletes came to playing in the NHL was in boxing, with Georges Carpentier and Jack Johnson both becoming World Champions in their respective sports. But thanks to the efforts of hockey pioneers like Davidson, Johnson, and Shore, black athletes are now able to walk the same hallowed halls as their white counterparts.

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