Chelios, Shanahan among 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class

Former Red Wings Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan were among a group of five people announced as new members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Also included in the 2013 class are Scott Niedermayer, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero.

Chelios joined the Red Wings in 1999 and played for two Stanley Cup champion teams in Detroit (2002 and 2008). He also won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986.

Chelios' NHL career began in 1984 after he made his first trip to the Olympics to represent the United States.

It was the first of four Olympic appearances for Chelios, who captained Team USA in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

During a professional career that spanned from 1984-2010, Chelios won three Norris Trophies. He was the second-oldest player to ever play in the NHL and the oldest defenseman. 

He is tied with Gordie Howe as the all-time leader in seasons played with 26, a mark he likely would have broken had the NHL not lost a season to a lockout in 2004-05.

"It's a great honor to be selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame," said Chelios.  "To have such a long career in the game has been fantastic for me, and being named to the Hall is a huge recognition for what I was able to accomplish."

Shanahan joined the Red Wings in 1996 and was a part of three Stanley Cup champion teams in Detroit (1997, 1998, 2002).  In each of his nine seasons with Detroit, Shanahan scored more than 25 goals.

His most prolific goal-scoring season in Detroit was 1996-97, when he scored 46 goals in the regular season and another nine in the postseason.  

He finished his NHL career with 656 goals and 698 assists for a total of 1354 points.

Shanahan also represented Canada in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics, winning gold in 2002 as Canada beat the United States in the gold medal game.

"I've always been fortunate to have great teammates and coaches throughout my career," said Shanahan.  "At every level I have tried to learn and my key to success was having people around me that helped me improve my game."

The 2013 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 11 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.  

 

 

 

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