Eddie Shore was one tough hockey player. He could dish it out like few others, but he could take it as well, suffering by one count more than 80 injuries, including concussions and 978 stitches in his long career. But Shore was no goon. He was a brilliant hockey player, arguably the best of his era. He was the first four-time winner of the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. To put it mildly, he dominated hockey in his years as a defenseman with the Boston Bruins from 1926 to 1940. The NHL has not seen his like since.
Eddie Shore and That Old-Time Hockey
McClelland & Stewart