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Wednesday, March 14, 2001
Updated: March 10, 4:07 PM ET
Eddie Shore passes at age of 82

By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com

March 16, 1985

Boston Bruins legend Eddie Shore, the only defenseman to win the NHL's MVP award four times, dies at age 82 in Springfield, Mass. A Hall of Famer, Shore's win-at-any-cost attitude made him the most feared player of the late twenties and thirties.

Renowned for his combative play and devastating body checks, Shore received as well as he gave out. He suffered 978 stitches, 14 broken noses and five broken jaws.

Nicknamed "The Edmonton Express," Shore played on two Stanley Cup champions with the Bruins. He scored 105 goals and 284 points in 550 games. He won his four Hart Trophies in 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1938. In December 1939, he was traded from the Bruins to the New York Americans and soon retired. He then bought the Springfield Indians in the American Hockey League.

"He was the Babe Ruth of the Bruins," a Boston Globe writer said.