Brendan Shanahan was capable of producing a Gordie Howe Hat Trick on any night.
He was a scorer, a playmaker and a fighter.
And now he's in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Shanahan, who played nine of his 21 NHL seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, had to wait one more year than many expected, but he's in.
The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon with Shanahan, 44, joining Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer as this year's inductees. The enshrinement ceremony will take place November 11 in Toronto.
Despite the first-ballot snub a year ago, Shanahan unquestionably deserves his place in the Hall. He ranks 13th in regular-season career goals with 656 and 25th overall in points with 1,354.
At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Shanahan was the consummate power forward, the only player in NHL history with more than 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.
What's more, according to the Society for International Hockey Research, Shanahan is the unofficial all-time leader in those Gordie Howe Hat Tricks, ...