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Fred Shero's 1975-1976 Playbook (Pictures)

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07-26-2012, 04:23 PM
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Fred Shero's 1975-1976 Playbook (Pictures)

Saw this online, and I thought I'd share it with the History of Hockey people on hfboards. I think you'll enjoy it.

I just stumbled on this blog today and the author is a big Flyers fan, and her dad got in touch with Fred Shero back in the late 70's, and Shero sent a copy of the 1975-1976 Flyers playbook.

I'm not sure if this has been seen before, but I find it awesome to see the playbook from one of the greatest and most innovative hockey minds ever.

Here's an excerpt from the blog:

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If you are reading this and ever played for my dad, the plays you were using were the plays the Broad St Bullies used when they won their Stanley Cups. They were plays created by one of the greatest hockey minds maybe to have ever coached the game and are still used to this day. Last winter while in Toronto for a Flyers game I went to a Pronger autograph signing and Tim Hunter and Craig Berube were there. I showed it to both guys who got a total kick out of it and that something from that period of hockey was still around. Hunter even joked to Berube "Think you used this play on us last time we met Craig."
And here's a link to read the entire post:

http://flyerdomviawinnipeg.blogspot....g-battery.html

And some sample photos of the playbook:





Many more scanned photos of the actual playbook if you click the link!

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This is awesome. The "16 rules" thing has been posted many times before and is excellent, but I have never seen the first page with the expectations. Confirms a lot of what I've read about Shero before.

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Thanks very much......I may hate the Broad street bullies and Shero for taking advantage of the penalty make up call system in the league but he was an innovator and a great hockey mind. He was the first to study the Russians closely, first to have an associate coach in Mike Nykoluk and besides, "two passes and a shot is a beautiful hockey saying....

On a related note.......I have mentioned it before, but Red Kelly had a playbook that he put on the market years ago, that is very similar to this. It was just chock full of diagramed plays he used over his coaching career. Only 90% sure it was Red Kelly and not some other coach, and cant remember the title...oh well.
You're not thinking of Lloyd Percival, are you?

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What a wonderful find. Thanks for sharing!

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Amazing when something like this crops up from years ago.

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Good stuff. How does this compare to an NHL playbook by today's standards?

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After reading through these plays more carefully, I was struck by this excerpt in section 18, describing alternate options for the PP breakout:

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Originally Posted by Fred Shero
In this situation left defense is now the center with right defense and center as point men.
That certainly seems to crystallize the changing perception of what a defenseman could do when given the puck.

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