Who did Foster Hewitt think was 'the greatest of them all'?
Having to choose a player on the spot, the broadcast legend pointed to Eddie Shore
And that's probably why Pierre Berton wanted to ask the broadcast legend who he believed was "the greatest of them all" in the game of hockey, when Hewitt appeared on CBC-TV's Front Page Challenge in December of 1980.
"Of course, it depends entirely ... on the basis of where they play and what position they play," said Hewitt, who was then 78 years old. "I'd have to lean almost to Eddie Shore."
'He was rough, tough and nasty'
For Hewitt, his pick was based on the combination of talents Shore, a defenceman who was part of two Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins teams, brought to the ice during the 1920s and '30s.
"A lot of people hated him," though in Hewitt's view, Shore "had about everything a hockey player should have."
Hewitt qualified his answer a bit, telling Berton this was his answer under pressure on Front Page Challenge.
"Perhaps, if I thought about it a little longer, I might come up with somebody else, but on the spur of the moment, I would say Shore."