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NHL HOF Inductees Announced

Goodman Sports hockey specialist Robert Wranovics reports:

Edited by Goodman Sports

This year's class of inductees includes some familiar names that many hockey fans know and respect – Chris Chelios, Scott Neidermayer and Brendan Shanahan as well as Fred Shero and Geraldine Heaney. In case you were wondering who Geraldine Heaney is, she was a female hockey player who scored over 600 goals in her career – not bad for a chick. How about Fred Shero? He was an innovative coach who added systems and styles to the game that we still see to this day.

Chris Chelios, a defenseman, had a very long career, being the oldest first time ballot player to make the Hall at 51-years-old. He was drafted fortieth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1981. In his career he played for Montreal, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta. The Chicago native, Chelios would span his career and net some 185 Goals, 763 Assists and 948 Points. Chelios received several All-Star nods, and appeared on several United States Olympic hockey teams. He also would hoist Lord Stanley's cup three times, once in 1986 with the Montreal Canadiens and twice with Detroit in 2002 and 2008, becoming the oldest player in the NHL to win the cup at the time. He now currently works as an executive advisor to the Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. Upon his HOF announcement, Chelios said"I always said I'd go right until the tank was empty and I believe I did."

Scott Neidermayer, also a defenseman, also made the hall on his on his first ballot. Neidermayer was drafted third overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1991 and would have a lengthy career with the Devils and then the Anaheim Ducks. The Edmonton native, Neidermayer finished his time in the NHL with 172 Goals, 568 Assists and 740 points. Neidermayer also won the Gold Medal twice with Canada, hoisted the Stanley Cup four times (three with New Jersey and one with Anaheim) and received several All-Star nominations in the process. He now currently works as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks. Once he heard his induction announcement, Neidermayer said "It's pretty surreal to get this call to be told you're being inducted into the Hall of Fame."

Brendan Shanahan, a forward, made it into the Hall of Fame on his second try. He was drafted second overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1987 and retired in 2009 having played for New Jersey, St. Louis, Hartford, Detroit and New York. The Ontario native finished his career with an impressive 656 Goals, 698 Assists and 1354 points. Shanahan also won the Gold Medal once with Canada and in addition to three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. He now currently resides as the vice president of hockey and business development and director of player safety for the NHL. Upon the news of his induction, he said Detroit was a "special place" and the "right fit," having to do with the success he found there.

All five will be officially inducted on November 11th in Toronto. Congratulations to all!

How do you feel about this year's class of inductees? Did anybody get shunned? Did somebody get in who wasn't deserving? Share your thoughts. Comment below!