History Of The Black Aces
In the Old West, Wild Bill Hickok was shot while playing poker. He was holding what became known as the "Dead Man's Hand" - two eights, the jack of diamonds, and the BLACK ACES! If you're holding this hand, you've run out of luck.
Eddie Shore, an Honored Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was owner of the AHL Springfield Indians. Shore bought the Indians in 1940 after his playing days with the Boston Bruins. He started to to call the players who were working their way back into the line-up of his club, his 'Black Aces.' These were players who were coming off of injuries or were being punished. They had run out of luck as far as Shore was concerned. Former Boston Bruins coach and current color commentator for Hockey Night In Canada, Don Cherry, was one of Eddie Shore's most celebrated 'Black Aces.'
From "Grapes: A Vintage View of Hockey" by Don Cherry with Stan Fischler:
And there you have it....The origin of the Black Aces!