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Chelios, Niedermayer, and Shanahan headline 2013 Hall of Fame inductees

Jul 9, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

2013 Hall of Fame

Three former NHL stars — Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, and Brendan Shanahan — and two others — retired female player Geraldine Heaney and late ex-coach Fred Shero are this year’s inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The big announcement was made today in Toronto.

Chelios and Niedermayer, both defensemen, were eligible for the first time, while Shanahan, a forward, was voted in on his second year of admissibility after being passed over in 2012.

Not one of the above three can be considered a surprise.

As per usual, it’s the omissions that will cause the most heated debate. Rob Blake, Paul Kariya, Rod Brind’Amour, Keith Tkachuk, Sergei Zubov, Phil Housley, Dave Andreychuk, Eric Lindros, Tom Barrasso, and many others remain on the outside looking in. As does former coach Pat Burns, who died of cancer in 2010.

The induction ceremony will take place in November.

From the release:

Chris Chelios, a native of Chicago, Illinois, after two successful seasons with the Wisconsin Badgers (1981-83), joined the Montreal Canadiens and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie team in 1984-85 and was also runner-up as Rookie of the Year to Mario Lemieux. He was part of the 1986 Canadiens’ Stanley Cup winning team and won the James Norris Trophy as Defenceman of the Year in 1988-89. Traded to Chicago in 1990, Chris went on to play nine season with the Blackhawks and was a five time first or second team All-Star and two-time Norris winner. Chelios continued his career in 1999 with the Detroit Red Wings, winning Stanley Cups in 2002 and 2008. He finished his 26 year playing career at the age of 48 with the Atlanta Thrashers and Chicago Wolves in 2009-10.

Scott Niedermayer grew up in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and was a member of the Kamloops Blazers 1992 Memorial Cup championship team. Selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1st round (3rd overall selection), he went on to play 13 seasons with the Devils from 1991 to 2004, winning Stanley Cups in the 1995, 2000 and 2003 seasons. In 2005, he signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks where he was a two-time first team All-Star during his six seasons, as well as being a key part of their 2007 Stanley Cup winning team. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP that season. On the international front, Scott also won gold at the World Junior Championship in 1991, gold at the World Championship in 2004, and gold at two Olympic Games in 2002 and 2010.

Brendan Shanahan was born in Etobicoke, Ontario and after two seasons with the London Knights (OHL) was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1st round (2nd overall) in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. A member of the New Jersey Devils for four seasons, Brendan was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Blues in 1991. He player four seasons with the Blues and had back to back 50 goal seasons in 1992-93 and 1993-94 – being named a 1st team NHL All-Star in 1993-94. Brendan went on to play two seasons in Hartford before being traded to the Detroit Red Wings in 1996, where he played nine seasons winning the Stanley Cup on three occasions (1997, 1998 and 2002). Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Rangers, he played two more seasons before retiring in 2008. Representing Canada internationally on numerous occasions, he was a member of Canada’s 2002 gold medal winning team.

Gerladine Heaney was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and grew up playing hockey in Toronto Aeros – an association she would remain with for 18 seasons. As a member of Canada’s national team she won seven IIHF World Championship gold medals and was named the IIHF World Women’s Championship’s Best Defenceman in 1992 and 1994. A member of Canada’s 2002 gold medal Olympic team, Heaney also won silver in 1998.

In the Builder Category, Fred Shero was elected. Shero began his coaching career in 1959-60 with the St. Paul Saints, and progressed up the ranks with a career culminating in nine seasons in the National Hockey League. His Philadelphia Flyers won Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975 and he also took the New York Rangers to the final in 1979, where he also had the role of General Manager. In 734 NHL regular season games coached, his teams had 390 wins, 225 losses and 119 ties. Shero passed away on November 24th, 1990.

Image via Hockey Hall of Fame website.

Related: Hall of Fame to announce class of 2013 tomorrow

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    And they all truly deserve the honor. But still no Pat Burns. Not enough Coach of the Year awards?

    • warrencrossleybd73 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Fred Shero’s induction is decades overdue. Burns moves to the front of the line now.

      • kaptaanamerica - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

        Agreed. #canucks nation supports his induction.

  2. channelguy - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    So three player inductees and someone who could have been inducted is left out so the NHL can show how hip they are by naming a female player.

    There is a SEPARATE IIHF – International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame — where female players, as well as foreign players who never played in the NHL belong. (It’s actually part of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, but is a separate organization with its own selectees). The Hockey Hall of Fame is for the NHL and its antecedents – and the IIHF should cover everybody else.

    The Hall went down this road some years back by electing Tretiak, the Soviet goalie, who never played a game in the NHL, and who is really in there for ONE game, the New Years exhibition game against Montreal. All the other memorable events he played against North Americans, he lost.

    The problem is that for every person who never played in the NHL who is elected, a player who could have been elected is not. The year they elected the first two women was a fluke year where there werent close to 5 strong candidates. But this year, and for the foreseeable future, that’s not the case.

    I agree with the comment about Burns. Shero has a legit case as a coach. Burns has a better one.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Channel, your comment, however heartfelt, reflects a complete lack of understanding of the HHoF rules. It is NOT just for NHL players. I believe there are players enshrined who predate the NHL. And the inclusion of women does NOT come at the expense of deserving men. The rules clearly state that in one year the selection panel may elect a maximum of 4 male players AND a maximum of 2 female players. No fluke. (Next time, if it doesn’t crimp your style, you might consider a little research before you rant.)

      • channelguy - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        “The Hockey Hall of Fame is for the NHL and its antecedents”

        “Antecedents” means pre-NHL players, which the league defines broadly as anyone from teams who competed for the Stanley Cup before the NHL was formed. And yes, there are such players in the Hall

    • pens919209 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      Dude, it’s called the “Hockey Hall of Fame”, not the “NHL Hall of Fame”.

  3. laxman1944 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    “Win today, and we walk together forever”…….Fred Shero

    Congrats to the Shero family……LONG time coming.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Well said

  4. dumbassgreg - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    all great choices. many seem to think this is nhl hall of fame. it is hockey hall of fame. just my opinion but i believe as builders don cherry and victor tikhonov should be in before pat burns. nhl coach year is not the best factor. it usually goes to coach who teams improves the most or like this year had most surprising success paul mclean. al arbour only won once scotty bowman twice. case can be made they are among five greatest coaches sorry pat burns is not.

    as for player next year hasak and forsberg slam dunks. hope they finally get to sergei makarov.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

      Cherry has admitted many times his greatest accomplishment was opening the gate to let Bobby Orr onto the ice. I personally would not like to see his prejudices and buffoonery rewarded by the Hall. Tikhonov was the head of a cruel system in which players were treated like dirt. Most of his international success was built on taking a professional team (did anyone really believe the Red Army players were soldiers?) and beating amateur teams. And Burns’ 3 coach of the year awards stand beside some other big trophy. Can’t recall the name. Silver thing. It’ll come to me.

  5. eagles512 - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Lindros should be in.

    • nj666 - Jul 9, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      Would he give his speech with his head down?

      • tescosuicide - Jul 9, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        ha. ha. ha. Lindros was far from the only guy in the NHL to receive a dirty hit while his head was down, that said, he was probably the worst offender of that type of hit through the nineties (assuming you’re referring to the Stevens hit). All jokes aside, you gotta admit, he was one of the best professional hockey players ever and should definitely be in the HHF.

      • laxman1944 - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        Scott Stevens took out Teeamue Selanne (for the series) in that playoff run with a head down check …..

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      He should but he refuses to pay the admission like the rest of us. Oh wait you mean he should be inducted?…no, no he shouldn’t, his career fell well short of what people proclaimed it would be, and he was never a truly remarkable player, he was always just really good. And the HHOF has enough players who were just good, Glenn Anderson and Doug Gilmour being two excellent examples of that.

      • tcclark - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        Compare him to Pavel Bure and tell me that Bure deserves it more

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        I would struggle over Bure, he was the most electrifying player during his time, scored more than 58 goals 4 times (60 twice, 59 once and 58 once) but his career, as spectacular as it was, was shortened by injuries. However the thing that bothers me most about him is the way he treated the Canucks, particularly threatening not to playing the cup finals unless he was given a new contract.

        Stats wise though he scored more goals than Lindros in less games, and Lindros never scored more than 47 goals in a season.

        Bure is borderline in my books, Lindros is a definite no.

      • tcclark - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Lindros had almost a hundred more points and has a higher point per game average than Bure. Goals aren’t the only thing that matter. And “only” 47 goals? Bobby Clarke never scored more than 37 goals in a season, is he not a hall of famer either? How about Ron Francis? He never scored more than 32 goals in a season. And what about Tim Kerr? He scored at least 54 goals four years in a row. Does that make him a hall of famer? There are more stats than just goals.

        And being a terrible person doesn’t make you a hall of famer or not. Pavel Bure is rightfully a Hall of Famer. He was an amazing player and should be remembered that way, just like Eric Lindros.

  6. redgreentape - Jul 9, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    To have Don (bigot) Cherry name with Pat Burns is insulting.

  7. ntvd7 - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    The real question here is…

    What HASN’T Scott Niedermayer done!?!?

    What a player…

  8. channelguy - Jul 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Cherry only really coached Orr for ONE year – 1974. The next year, Orr only played 10 games, and that was it for him in Boston, and except for the 1976 Canada Cup, where he was the best player on the ice while playing on one leg, pretty much it for his career. He hardly played at all for Chicago. So it’s not fair to say Cherry’s career as a coach was built on Orr.

    Cherry isn’t REMOTELY qualified for the Hall as a Coach. 1974 was his first year, 1980 his last, and then he was off to broadcasting. He also never won anything, although he was up against those stacked Montreal teams from the mid-70s.

    As a MEDIA person, you can make a very good case that he’s qualified. He has far more influence in Canada than any hockey writer, which is a major reason why they don’t like him. He’s less important in the U.S. But as a broadcaster, he’s done much to raise the profile of the game, and could be elected on that basis.

  9. howintensive - Jul 9, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    The one thing that Niedermayer should be proudest of is his one Norris Trophy. To get one Norris Trophy in the age of Lidstrom is incredibly impressive.

  10. tcclark - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Yes. Great choices. These were exactly who I thought should have gotten in… well except for the female player because I don’t know who she is. Next year I would love to see Lindros get inducted. As much as I love Rod Brind’amour, Lindros should be inducted before him. When the two played together it was in the prime of both players careers and Lindros was the superior player. Yes, his career was cut short, but so was Pavel Bure’s. I think both players should be inducted, but Eric Lindros was the face of the Flyers franchise while Rod Brind’amour was still on the team. That guy has to go first.

    By the way, what a great core for the Flyers at the time, Lindros, Brind’amour, Recchi (twice), LeClair, Dejardins, Hextall. I miss those days.

  11. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Dunno if Big E has HOF numbers or not. What I do know is from the first time he stepped on the ice as a Flyer he made an impact on every game and you could not help but follow him on the ice on every shift. Rare combo of skills and size. Being at a game and watching him line someone up, zoom in and plow right over someone AND take the puck to make a play. Shoot..watching players bounce off him as they tried to check him was something I haven’t seen before or since. Up until injuries and Mr. Stevens Robocop armor elbow to me NO ONE in the league could take over a game like 88. Much of the above probably explains his proclivity to concussions.

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