SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (CP) -- Johnny Bower and Eddie Shore were among seven men honoured Thursday as inaugural inductees into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame.
Bower, who won four Stanley Cups with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1960s, and Shore, a four-time Hart Trophy winner with the NHL's Boston Bruins in the 1930s, are joined in the Class of 2006 by Jack Butterfield, Jody Gage, Fred Glover, Willie Marshall and Frank Mathers.
"The AHL has unanimously endorsed the selection committee's recommendation of these seven players and builders as the most significant contributors over our first 70 years,'' AHL president and CEO David Andrews said in a statement. "These individuals have established among them over several decades a standard of excellence that has defined our league.
"We are honoured to name them as our first inductees into the AHL Hall of Fame, and to place them at the forefront of what will be a formidable group of hockey legends to be inducted in future years.''
The first class of inductees will be honoured as part of the festivities at the AHL All-Star Classic in Winnipeg on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.
Prior to his tenure with the Maple Leafs, Bower won four Calder Cup titles -- three with the Cleveland Barons (1948, 1951, 1953) and one with the Providence Reds (1956). He was a three-time AHL most valuable player and led the league in wins five times.
Shore, who won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Bruins, joined the AHL as a player/owner in 1939, and captured seven Calder Cup titles as manager.
Butterfield, Shore's nephew, was the general manager for Shore's Springfield Indians, the only AHL team to capture three consecutive AHL championships (1960-1962).
Gage retired during the 1995-96 season ranked third in league history with 504 goals and 1,048 points, all with the Rochester Americans. His 51 Calder Cup goals are the most all-time, and he is the Amerks' career leader in games played, goals, assists and points.
Glover retired in 1968 as the league's career leader in games played (1,201), goals (520), assists (814) and penalty minutes (2,402). Marshall went on to pass Glover by recording 523 goals and 852 assists in 1,205 games.
Mathers, a six-time all-star in his playing days, went on to win eight Calder Cup championships as coach, general manager and president of the Hershey Bears.