Brian C. Shaw

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Brian Campbell Shaw (November 8, 1930 – July 27, 1993) was the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association during the 1973–74 and 1974–75 WHA seasons.

Shaw grew up in Nordegg, Alberta. He played junior hockey with the Jasper Place Mohawks.[1]

Shaw formerly coached the Moose Jaw Canucks, St. Catharines Black Hawks, and Edmonton Oil Kings junior teams. He took the Hawks from last place to first place in the Ontario Hockey Association during his first season. A fiery competitor, Shaw was suspended during the 1971–72 season because of an altercation with a fan.[2]

Shaw died in 1993, aged 62, of lymphoma. At the time of his death he had been the owner of the Portland Winterhawks.[1][2] Following the revelation of the Graham James sexual abuse scandal, Shaw was posthumously accused by several of his former junior players of having made unwanted sexual advances.[3]

On March 6, 2010, Shaw was posthumously inducted into the inaugural class of the Portland Winterhawks' Hall of Fame. The honour was accepted by his nephew, former Winterhawks player Brian "Bunny" Shaw[3]

WHA coaching statistics[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
Edmonton Oilers 1973–74 78 38 37 3 79 3rd in West Lost in Semi-Finals
Edmonton Oilers 1974–75 59 30 26 3 (6) 5th in Canadian Fired
NHL Total 137 68 63 6


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Preceded by
Bill Hunter
Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Clare Drake