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.
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
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.