Monday night marks one of the most memorable nights of the hockey calendar year as the Hockey Hall of Fame opens its ranks to introduce new enshrines into its hallowed halls. Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios, Fred Shero, Geraldine Heaney and Scott Niedermayer will all be honored as the newest members of hockey's most esteemed club.
Chelios, Heaney, Niedermayer and Shanahan will all have an opportunity to look back on their prolific careers, while the memory of Shero will fondly be remembered.
Before becoming the face of supplementary discipline, Shanahan established himself as a skilled forward with a toughness to match. Having played in 1,524 career regular season games, Shanahan amassed 2,489 penalty minutes. But his Hall of Fame induction isn't solely because of his grit, as 656 goals and 698 assists for 1,354 regular season points certainly didn't hurt his candidacy.
Shanahan has scored several highlight reel goals over his career, many of which came in the biggest games on the brightest stages. While this goal might not be the prettiest of his career, it certainly was significant:
Chelios began his career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1983 and concluded his playing time with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2009 at the age of 48. In between, he played 1,651 regular season games with Atlanta, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Montreal. Amassing 948 career points (185 goals, 763 assists) over that span, Chelios was a player of many skills, which is displayed by his longevity in the game.
Having already been inducted into the U.S.A Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011, Chelios will have some experience before addressing the audience on Monday night.
Heaney is largely cited as one of the greatest female hockey players ever. More so, her tally at the 1990 World Championships lauded for its excellence:
A member of seven gold medal winning teams at the IIHF World Championship, Heaney also collected three Most Valuable Defenceman Awards from the Ontario Women's Hockey Association, as well as six provincial championships with the Toronto Aeros. She was also a member of two Olympic Medal winning teams, as she collected gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City games and a silver at the 1998 games in Nagano.
The Hockey Hall of Fame notes that Heaney is often acknowledged as the "female Bobby Orr."
Speaking of talented defensive players, Niedermayer is credited as one of the game's best. Niedermayer was a smooth skater capable of jumping up into the rush and causing mayhem for opposing teams. This is best demonstrated by the goal he scored in Game 2 of the 1995 Stanley Cup Final:
Niedermayer went on to win four Stanley Cups, which included guiding the Anaheim Ducks to their first championship in franchise history. He amassed 740 points (172 goals, 568 assists) over 1,263 career regular season games.
"Win tonight and walk together forever," is one of the most famous quotations in hockey. It was brought into the game's lexicon by Shero, who lead the Philadelphia Flyers to consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 70s. Nicknamed "The Fog," Shero was known for his way with words, as well as his aloofness. After leading the Flyers for seven seasons, he moved north to coach the New York Rangers for three seasons. Shero passed away on Nov. 24, 1990 and will be inducted posthumously. His son, Ray, is the manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Because the highlight videos above don't totally do them justice, here's a Top-10 from the NHL Network featuring the finer moments from Chelios, Niedermayer and Shanahan: