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Scott Niedermayer's dazzling resume has another entry: Hall of Famer.
The smooth-skating defenseman was considered a first-ballot lock and it became official Tuesday in Toronto when the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee announced its class of 2013.
Niedermayer, who played for the New Jersey Devils and led the Anaheim Ducks in their Stanley Cup run in 2007, was joined by defenseman Chris Chelios and power forward Brendan Shanahan. In addition, the late Fred Shero was elected as a builder and pioneer Geraldine Heaney went in in the women's player category.
Niedermayer, 39, is an assistant coach with Anaheim and he is the first Duck to make the Hall of Fame. Adam Oates and Jari Kurri played briefly for the Ducks but are in the Hall primarily for their contributions with other teams.
"It's unbelievable," Niedermayer said on the TSN broadcast. "It's probably going to take awhile to sink in."
In 17 NHL seasons, Niedermayer won four Stanley Cups (three of them with the Devils), the Norris Trophy (the league's best defenseman) in 2004 and the Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP) in 2007. He joined his brother Rob and the Ducks in the 2005-06 season.
Success followed him on the international stage too. Niedermayer won Olympic gold with Canada in 2002 and 2010. He was also a member of the gold-medal winning team for Canada at the World Junior Championships (1991) and the World Championships (2004).
Chelios, 51, was a marvel in terms of ability and longevity. He played until age 48, amassing 1,651 games played, the most by a defenseman. He won three Stanley Cups, one with Montreal in 1996 and two with the Detroit Red Wings, 2002 and 2008.
Shanahan, 44, also has a Detroit pedigree, winning three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings. He started his career with New Jersey and finished it with the Devils. In 2011, he became the league's chief disciplinarian, heading up the NHL's department of player safety.
Heaney, 45, was a standout defenseman, winning gold for Team Canada in 2002 and silver in 1998. Shero was regarded an innovator as a coach, having studied international hockey before it became fashionable and was adept at adapting to the skill set of his players.
-- Lisa Dillman
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Two former New Jersey Devils, Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan, have been named to the 2013 Hall of Fame Class.
Niedermayer, 39, was drafted by the Devils 3rd overall in 1991. He recorded 740 points in 1263 career regular season games and won four Stanley Cups, among countless other awards.
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The Hockey Hall of Fame added five new members to the elite club on Tuesday in Toronto.
Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer were elected into the Hall in their first year of eligibility. Joining them are Brendan Shanahan who made the cut in his second year, Canadian national team defenseman Geraldine Heaney–the third woman to be elected as a player–and Fred Shero, coach of the...
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
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Here’s a closer look at the top contenders to have their names called:
One of the most-decorated players in history is a lock to go in on his first ballot. The...
Eyeing up the list of the 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees, three names pop out right away, while the average hockey fan may not recognize the other two.
Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, and Brendan Shanahan all are joining the prestigious club based in Toronto for their efforts as players while Fred Shero and Geraldine Heaney also were voted in.
Chelios and Shanahan
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(Toronto) Today the Hockey Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2013 which includes a member of the Broad Street Bullies in head coach Fred Shero. Voting for the Hall of Fame was conducted by the Hall’s 18-member selection committee. The other ones going into the hall of fame with Shero is Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, [...]