Jul 9 2013, 10:20pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
They will be joined by Brendan Shanahan, Fred Shero and Geraldine Heaney as they were voted into the 2013 Hall of Fame class on Tuesday. The official NHL website says Niedermayer, Chelios, Shanahan and Heaney will be enshrined as members of the Player Category. Shero, who has two Stanley Cup championships with the Philadelphia Flyers, will be enshrined under the Builder Category.
Niedermayer said it was a real honorto be part of a great group.
"It's pretty surreal to get this call to be told you're being inducted into the Hall of Fame. It'll probably take a long time for it to sink in. It's a pretty impressive group and it's a real honor to be part of such a great group."
The voting was conducted by the Hockey Hall of Fame's 18-member selection committee, per NHL.com.
According to USA Today Sports, Niedermayer and Chelios were elected in their first year of eligibility while Shanahan got the nod in his second. Heaney will be the third woman in the Hall of Fame, joining Cammi Granato and Angela James, who were both inducted three years ago.
Chelios' career spanned three decades which covers 1,651 games played. He won three Stanley Cups and three Norris trophies along the way. He is the NHL's 10th all-time leader in points among defensemen. His former teammate with the Chicago Blackhawks, Eddie Olcyzk, considers him to be "the best American-born player ever."
Niedermayer played in 18 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks. A defenseman just like Chelios, Niedermayer is the only hockey player ever to win every North American and international championship. He had a total of 740 points in his NHL career.
Heaney made her mark as a member of the Canadian women's national team, culminating in Olympic gold in Salt Lake City in 2002. She is a defenseman who also won the gold medal seven times at the World Women's Championship.
Shero, the father of Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero, owns the distinction of being the first coach to win the Stanley Cup with an expansion team. He steered the Flyers to back-to-back championships in 1974 and 1975, appearing in a total of four Stanley Cup Finals in the 1970s with Philadelphia and the New York Rangers. He passed away in 1990.
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