TORONTO – Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney, and Fred Shero are the newest members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The quintet was elected by the HHOF Selection Committee on Tuesday afternoon.
The induction ceremony will take place at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday, November 11, 2013.
Scott Niedermayer might well be called the winningest player in hockey history. In addition to being the 14th member of the Triple Gold Club, Niedermayer also led the Kamloops Blazers to the Memorial Cup in 1992, won gold with Canada at the 1991 IIHF World Junior Championship, and won the World Cup of Hockey championship with Canada in 2004. He is the only Triple Gold Club member to have won the Stanley Cup with two teams – New Jersey in 1995, 2000, and 2003, and Anaheim in 2007. He won Olympic gold twice, in 2002 and 2010, and won gold at the IIHF World Championship in 2004, a victory made all the more special as he played alongside his brother, Rob.
Heaney, an inaugural female inductee into the IIHF Hall of Fame in 2008, represented Canada at nine top-level international events, starting with the first official Women's World Championship in 1990. She won seven WW gold as well as an Olympic gold in 2002 after a silver in 1998.
Heaney twice was named Best Defenceman by the IIHF Directorate at the Women's Worlds (in 1992 and 1994) and was known for her abilities at both ends of the ice. She was also respected by teammates and opponents alike for her competitive spirit and leadership, on ice and in the dressing room.
Chris Chelios was known for his longevity as much as anything else. By the time he retired from the NHL in 2010, he was 48 years old. He played in 1,651 career regular-season games, and his international career spanned 24 years. Chelios won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2002 and 2008. He played at the 1982 U20 for the United States, and after competing in the 1984 Olympics turned pro with the Montreal Canadiens. He won his only Olympic medal in 2002, a silver at home in Salt Lake, and four years later he played his fourth and final Olympics. He also played three Canada Cup events and two World Cup of Hockey tournaments as well as the 1994 World Championship.
Chelios played with the Canadiens for seven seasons before being traded to his hometown Blackhawks, where he stayed for nearly nine seasons. He was traded at the deadline in 1999 to Detroit, and it was there he had his greatest successes. He won the Norris Trophy three times, in 1988-89, 1992-93, and 1995-96.
Brendan Shanahan was the 13th member of the Triple Gold Club thanks to his Olympic gold with Canada in 2002, his World Championship gold in 1994, and three Cups with Detroit – 1997, 1998, 2002. A combination of size and speed, skill and toughness, Shanahan retired in 2009 with 656 goals and 1,354 points in the regular season.
He also played at the 1991 Canada Cup and 1996 World Cup, the 1998 Olympics, 2006 World Championship, and 1987 World Juniors. He currently works with the NHL as the league’s disciplinarian.
Fred Shero came to fame with the expansion Philadelphia Flyers in the early 1970s, leading the team to consecutive and improbable Stanley Cup wins in 1974 and 1975 with teams that were as tough as any in NHL history. In that context, he is best remembered for his motivating words in the 1974 finals – “Win today, and we walk together forever.”
Shero was an innovator. He was the first coach to hire an assistant, and he used game film to analyze his team and opponents on a regular basis. The father of current Pittsburgh GM Ray, Fred later coached the Rangers to the finals in 1979. He passed away in 1990.