July 11, 2013 by Cups n Pucks
On Tuesday the Hockey Hall of Fame added five new members: Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Scott Niedermayer, Geraldine Heaney, and Fred Shero.
When you play from 1983-94 to 2009-10 like Chris Chelios did, that alone is a milestone. Not to mention his three Stanley Cups (1986, 2002, 2008), three Norris (1993, 1996, 2002), four first team all-star appearances (1989, 1993, 1995, 1996), two second team all-star appearances (1991,1997), and Olympic silver medal (2002). He played 1,651 games, had 948 points, and 2,891 PIM. Chelios played for the Montreal Canadians, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and Atlanta Thrashers. As one of the best defensemen of the late 80s and 90s, it is easy to see why he was voted into the Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility.
Joe Baugnet: Do you remember the days of Cheli’s Chili? It’s a shame that it closed down, although he ended up playing for Detroit. One of my favorite memories as a kid was a hockey trip to the Blackhawk’s game and stopping at Cheli’s Chili before the game. That’s back when the shot clock game was popular and no iPhones were invented yet.
It’s even harder to contemplate why Brendan Shanahan had to wait a year to be voted into the Hall. Over his 21 year career, Shanahan played for the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Red Wings, and New York Rangers. Shanahan won three Cups (1997, 1998, 2002), two first team all start appearances (1994, 2000), a second team all-star appearance (2002), an Olympic gold medal (2002), and has the second most goals by a left winger (656). With 1,524 games, 1,354 points, and 2,489 PIM, it is a shock that the Hall of Fame passed him up last year, but finally “Shanaban” takes his rightful spot in the Hall.
Scott Niedermayer, like Chelios, is entering his first time eligibility for entering the Hall of Fame. He played for only the New Jersey Devils and the Anaheim Ducks. Niedermayer won four Stanley Cups (1995, 2000, 2003, 2007), three first-team all-star appearances (2004, 2006, 2007), a second team all-star appearance (1998), a Norris trophy (2004), a Con Smyth trophy (2007), and two gold medals (2002, 2010). Niedermayer also had his number, 27, retired by the New Jersey Devils. With 1,263 games played, 740 points, and 784 PIM, Scott Niedermayer is more than fitting to be a first ballot hall of famer.
Geraldine Heaney is one of the best female defensive players to ever play the game. She played for the Canadian national women’s team where she won seven gold medals (1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001), two all-star appearances (1992, 1999), and two Directorate Awards for best defensive player. She also won the silver medal in the 1998 Olympics and gold in the 2002 Olympics.
Fred Shero coached the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers through the 70s. In his ten year coaching career, Shero won two Stanley Cups (1974, 1975), a Jack Adams Award (1974), and a Lester Patrick Trophy (1980). He had a record of 390-225-119 and a playoff record of 62-47. Shero passed away in 1990 at the age of 65.