One journalist referred to Kevin Shea as a “hockey archeologist,” but while on the surface it is a silly description, on reflection, it really does have relevance, as Kevin digs through the past to uncover hockey treasures…
Hockey is more than a passion for Kevin Shea…it’s his life. He is the award-winning author of 19 hockey books, including: ‘The Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club: Official Centennial Publication, 1917-2017,’ ‘The Hall: Celebrating Hockey’s Heritage, Heroes and Home,’ ‘Derek Sanderson: Crossing the Line – The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original’ and ‘Barilko: Without A Trace.’
In addition, Shea has been the Editorial and Education Facilitator for the Hockey Hall of Fame since 2001. He has taught an award-winning college hockey course through Seneca College’s ‘Ontario Learn’ since 2003 and teaches leadership classes using hockey as the foundation to schools in remote Indigenous communities by way of Connected North. He has served as editor of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR)’s Research Journal, contributed a bi-weekly column for the Toronto Star through the Toronto Maple Leafs’ centennial season, has been a consultant on hockey projects for the Royal Canadian Mint, United States Postal Service, the National Hockey League, CIBC and Hockey Helps the Homeless, and has writing credits that span North America. As one of the principals with Scotiabank Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer, Shea contributed to raising over $23 million for cancer research through the annual event’s nine-year history. He also sits on the Toronto Maple Leaf Historical Committee with members from MLSE.
A member of the Society for International Hockey Research (SIHR), in 2012, Kevin was awarded that organization’s Brian McFarlane Award for “excellence in research and writing,” and in 2017, he was the recipient of the President’s Award for “outstanding contributions to advancing hockey research.” In 2007, the Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers presented Shea with the SONAHHR Award for excellence in research and writing.