Hockey Hall of Fame 2013: Chelios, Niedermayer, Shanahan highlight player inductees

Bruce Bennett

The 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The Hockey Hall of Fame announced that Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer have been selected as members of the 2013 Hall of Fame class on Tuesday afternoon. An 18-member committee selected the class with each inductee receiving at least 75 percent of the vote.

In addition to the three male players, Geraldine Heaney was chosen as a member of the 2013 class. She is the third female to be inducted into the Hall. Coach Fred Shero was finally nominated as part of the builders category. Shero coached 734 regular season games and led the Philadelphia Flyers to consecutive Stanley Cups in 1973-74 and 1974-75.

Chelios and Niedermayer were both considered to be locks for this year's class. Both players concluded their playing careers in the 2009-10 season and entered their first year of eligibility in 2013. Shanahan concluded his career in 2008-09 and was not elected into the Hall of Fame last year in his first year of eligibility.

Chelios began his career with the Montreal Canadiens during the 1983-84 season. Originally chosen with the No. 40 overall selection in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by Montreal, Chelios spent seven seasons with the Canadiens, earning a Stanley Cup championship (1986), two All-Star Game appearances (1985, 1990) and a Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman.

In 1990, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks with a second-round draft selection for Dennis Savard. Chelios spent eight-plus years with Chicago, accumulating seven All-Star Game appearances and two Norris Trophies. In March of 1999, the Blackhawks traded Chelios to the Detroit Red Wings. During the nine-plus years in Detroit, Chelios made two more All-Star Game appearances (2000, 2002) and collected two more Stanley Cups (2002, 2008). He ultimately concluded his career with the Atlanta Thrashers over seven games in the 2009-10 season at the age of 48.

In 1,651 career regular season games, Chelios amassed 185 goals and 763 assists for 948 points, while averaging 21:35 of ice time per game (that figure is calculated starting during the 1998-99 season, according to Hockey-Reference.com).

Niedermayer began his career during the 1991-92 season with the New Jersey Devils. Originally chosen with the No. 3 overall selection in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by New Jersey, Niedermayer spent 13-seasons with the Devils, which included three Stanley Cup Championships (1995, 2000, 2003), three All-Star Game appearances (1998, 2001, 2004) and a Norris Trophy (2003-04).

In 2005, he signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. In five seasons with the Anaheim franchise, Niedermayer appeared in two All-Star Games (2008, 2009) and captained the club to its first-ever Stanley Cup (2007). In addition, he was awarded the 2007 Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of that postseason.

In 1,263 career regular season games, Niedermayer registered 172 goals and 568 assists for 740 points, while averaging 25:21 of ice time per game (that figure is calculated starting during the 1998-99 season, according to Hockey-Reference.com)

Shanahan began his career during the 1987-88 season with New Jersey. Originally chosen with the No. 2 overall selection in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, the forward spent four seasons with the club before signing with the St. Louis Blues in 1991. After four seasons in St. Louis, Shanahan was traded to the Hartford Whalers for defenseman Chris Pronger. After playing the 1995-96 season with the Whalers, Shanahan was traded to the Detroit Red Wings two games into the 1996-97 season in exchange for Keith Primeau, Paul Coffey, and a first-round selection in the 1997 NHL Draft (Brian Glynn was packaged with Shanahan).

In eight-plus seasons with Detroit, Shanahan was a member of three Stanley Cup winning teams (1997, 1998, 2002). In 2006, he signed with the New York Rangers and played two seasons with the club before re-signing with the Devils to conclude his career during the 2008-09 season.

In 1,524 career regular season games, Shanahan registered 656 goals and 698 assists for 1,354 points. He also amassed 2,489 penalty minutes.

All five individuals will formally be inducted into the Hall during a ceremony on Nov. 11.

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