Defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer and forward Brendan Shanahan are the latest former NHL players to be elected into the Hockey Hall-of-Fame.
The trio will be inducted in November along with Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined, and Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975. Shero, who died in 1990, was the father of present Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero.
Chelios played in the National Hockey League until the age of 48, and was the only NHL player to play in at least 400 games for three different teams. Only Gordie Howe played to an older age.
Niedermayer played on four Stanley Cup winners. Shanahan played for three Stanley Cup champions, and won an Olympic gold medal. He now serves as the NHL’s Vice President of Hockey and Business Development and the league’s Director of Player Safety. Heaney won gold medals with Team Canada in each of the first seven women’s world hockey championships, a silver medal in the Olympics debut of women’s hockey in 1998, and gold at the Salt Lake City winter games in 2002.