Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Hamby Shore

Samuel Hamilton Shore, known forever by his moniker Hamby, was born to play hockey. And with a few seasons' exceptions spent in Winnipeg, Shore would play in his hometown of Ottawa with the original Senators.

Shore, no relation to Eddie Shore who would later dominate the NHL, was versatile player, playing both wing and defense. With his steady influence the Senators won the Stanley Cup two times, in 1905 and 1911.

Earlier in his career Shore was a scoring forward, registering 114 goals in 186 career games. Later in his career he played on the blue line, most often with Fred Lake in Ottawa. The duo formed a fearsome pairing in front of Sens goalie Percy Lesueur for four seasons before Lake's departure to Montreal.

Without Lake it is said that Shore's play began to slip. Perhaps that led to a rift with the Ottawa coaching staff. Shore apparently demanded to be let out of his contract and to leave the Senators but the team refused to comply. Shore continued to play for the Senators until 1918 when sadly Shore lost his life due to the terrible influenza epidemic that plagued North America in that time frame.

Hamby Shore was just 32 years old at the time of his death.

1 comments:

Ryan Shore,  February 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM  

The name given to him for short was 'hamby' and He is my great uncle :)

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