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Hall of Fame to announce class of 2013 tomorrow

Jul 8, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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Last year, it was Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, Pavel Bure, and Mats Sundin that were welcomed to the Hockey Hall of Fame, with Brendan Shanahan the notable omission.

Tomorrow in Toronto, Shanahan will get another chance when the selection committee meets to decide this year’s crop of inductees.

Induction-eligible for the first time: defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer, both of whom are expected to get the nod.

Less certain among the first-timers: Rob Blake, Paul Kariya, Rod Brind’Amour, Keith Tkachuk, and Sergei Zubov.

Click here for the full list of first-timers, along with other eligible players that have yet to be inducted, including Phil Housley, Dave Andreychuk, and Tom Barrasso.

For what it’s worth, this would be my ballot: Shanahan, Chelios, Niedermayer and Brind’Amour.

Why Brind’Amour? Scored 1,184 points, played 1,484 games, won a Stanley Cup in 2006 when he captained the Hurricanes, and — the kicker — was awarded the Selke twice.

  1. hockeydon10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM


    I’m not sure about a 4th.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM



      Holy Jaysus effing what-the-fuch, committee. It’s not like it’s hard to spell.

      • hockeydon10 - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:03 AM

        Great point. I was only focusing on players, but you’re completely correct about Burns.

    • elrock7 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM


  2. thailer35 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Shanaban in the HoF for handing out the most ludicrous suspension ever with the 25 games to Torres?

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Give me Barrasso on that ballot. Only goalie to ever make the jump right from high school to the NHL, youngest Vezina winner and two Cups.

    Lets show the goalies some love.

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      I’m not sure about Barrasso. You put him in, you put Osgood in. Goalies don’t make the HoF that often. Looking at the goalies that are in already and it becomes harder to justify some of the more recent goalies.

  4. jb8588 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Shanahan, Niedermayer, Chelios and Andreychuk…it’s time to finally give Dave some love. 600+ goal scorer that helped lead the Bolts to their only cup. Without him, Bolts wouldn’t of made it to that point without a doubt.

    • dueman - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

      I agree 100% that it’s time for Andreychuk to get the nod, 1639 games played (6th highest in NHL history), and 1338 points (28th highest points total, tied with Denis Savard), with 640 goals (14th highest total). He holds the record for power play goals, and has broke the 50 goal barrier. He had 20 seasons with 20 or more goals. He was a captain of the Tampa Bay Lightening, and won the Stanley cup in 2004. This guy deserves it, as well as Shanahan, Niedermayer, and Chelios.

      • elrock7 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:53 PM

        He is also the only player in NHL history to score at least 25 goals for 2 different teams in same season. (Buffalo and Toronto)

      • dueman - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        Nice one! :)

  5. dumbassgreg - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    expect neidermayer,chelios and shanahan fourth should be sergei marakov. but will probably be rob blake.

  6. ibieiniid - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    nobody else thinks Tkachuk?

    • dueman - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      I think Tkachuk will get there, but I think Andreychuk this year.

      • umrguy42 - Jul 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        I agree. Love “Walt”, but not sure he quite stacks up as a first ballot lock vs that group.

  7. modellforprez - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    F*#k Shanahan and brind`amour. Shabby Shanny cannot do his job correctly so he should lose it. fast. and barrasso won more cups than brindamour and played on stanley cup contenders and winners.

    • ntvd7 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      Shanahan isn’t very good at his post hockey career….

      Therefore he shouldn’t be considered for the HOF despite all of his accomplishments?

      Brilliant logic right there…

      • hockeydon10 - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Welcome to the internet.

    • clefty1 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Osgood should go in before Barrasso. As far as Shanahan he should of been in last year over Bure and Sundin. What Shanny does now does not matter as far as his NHL career is concerned.

  8. rodeoclowndc - Jul 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    What was Gretzky’s record as coach on PHX?

    And THAT’S why you don’t use post-playing-career as the justification for Hall of Fame votes for players.

  9. kicksave1980 - Jul 8, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    The annual internet-wide fighting/debate that happens the day before the HOF announcement is great. It’s also tough, because we’re at the point where there are more than 4 good candidates every year. I don’t always agree with the choices, but I can usually look at them and understand the thought process that went into the picks.

    From a personal standpoint, I’d love for Chelios and Roenick to join Eddie the Eagle in the HHOF. I think Chelios is a lock, but Roenick may have to wait a year or two. Unpopular opinion, but I’m on the fence with Lindros. I recognize the talent that he was in junior as well as in the mid-90’s, but it didn’t last long enough in my opinion. As has been noted, he had the obvious concussion issues, and I’ll cut him slack there, but don’t forget that his career was also shortened by holding a franchise hostage for an entire year. If he gets in, I’d be fine with it, but I don’t think I’d vote for him.

    It would be an absolute shame if Pat Burns doesn’t get the nod in the builders category this year. A couple years too late is better than never. Phil Housley and Steve Larmer should also be in, but it’s looking more and more like that’s never going to happen. I don’t think people remember just how good they were. Only Bourque, Coffee, and MacInnis have more points as a defenseman than Housley.

    • tcclark - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

      I would have been with you had Bure not been elected last year. Bure played less games and has almost 100 less points than Lindros. If Bure is in, Lindros should be in too.

  10. spochiefsfan - Jul 8, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Anyone else think Kariya is going soon?

  11. bettwoman - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:53 PM


  12. jimw81 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    i hope the voters put their bias behind them and put fred shero in the hall. The change the way coaches coach the game. He was the first head coach to have an assistant coach and brought game tape into the game.

  13. tcclark - Jul 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Shanny, Chelios, Niedermeyer, Shero

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