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2013 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

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Chelios, Niedermayer and Shanahan along with Heaney and Shero have been inducted.

2013 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

On July 9, it was announced that five new members would be inducted into the hockey hall of fame. Defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been selected. 

Joining the three NHL stars are Geraldine Heaney, the third female in history to be inducted and former NHL coach Fred Shero (the late father of Penguins GM Ray Shero). 

Defenseman Chris Chelios played in 1,651 games and totaled 185 goals and 763 assists over his career. Playing as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Atlanta Thrashers, he won three Stanley Cups (one with Montreal, two with Detroit) and was inducted into the hall of fame in his first year of eligibility. He won three Norris Trophies for best defenseman, made 11 All-Star appearances and is considered to be one of the best American-born hockey players to play in the NHL ever. 

Defenseman Scott Niedermayer spent 18 years in the NHL playing with only two teams, the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks. He played in 1,263 games and totaled 172 goals and 568 assists. A talented skater and consistent, all-around defenseman, Neidermayer scored big points. He retired following the 2009-2010 season and at that point had won four Stanley Cups (three with New Jersey, one with Anaheim). He also won the Norris Trophy for the 2003-2004 season and was the Conn Smythe winner (Playoff MVP) during the Duck's championship run in 2007.  He made five All-Star appearances and won gold at the Olympics, World Championships and World Junior Championships throughout his career.

Forward Brendan Shanahan was one of the NHL's most prominent power forwards. Playing in a total of 1,524 games and scoring 656 goals and 698 assists, Shanahan is memorable for his scrappy play. He is the only player in NHL history to score at least 600 goals while also sitting for more than 2,000 penalty minutes. He played 21 seasons in the NHL playing with the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers. Shanahan won the Clancy Memorial Trophy at the end of the 2002-2003 season, made eight All-Star appearances and unofficially holds the record for the most Gordie Howe Hat Tricks (goal, assist, and a fight in the same game) with 17.

Geraldine Heaney is the third woman to be inducted into the hockey hall of fame following Angela James and Cammi Granato. Heaney was a defenseman who helped Canada win Gold over the U.S. at Worlds in 1990. After her diving goal at Worlds, Heaney would lead Canada to win six more World titles in a row and is the only woman in hockey history who has won gold at all seven Women’s World Championships. Her goal that night in 1990 also made history was the first championship-winning goal ever scored by a woman in an IIHF-sanctioned competition. Heaney played for Team Canada at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan where they lost narrowly to the United States in the finals in 1998, and won gold in Salt Lake City four years later. 

Frank Shero, remembered as one of the most innovative minds as an NHL coach in history. Shero coached the Philadelphia Flyers to 1971-1978 and led the 1973-1974 and 1974-1975 teams to Stanley Cup titles. Shero transformed the Flyers, once a losing team into power house. He was the first to study tape before games in order to familiarize players with their competition. He also was the first to begin the morning skate. His overall record of 390-225-119 gives Shero a winning percentage of .612, which ranks fourth in NHL history. Shero's induction to the hall of fame is long-deserved, 32 years after he last coached. He died in 1990 at 65 after losing his fight to stomach cancer. 

These five individual's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame represents their dedication to and passion for the sport, which they exemplified throughout their impressive careers, both on and off the ice. They are history-makers and role models for those who play and appreciate the game of hockey today.

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees!

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