TORONTO — Former NHL playing greats Brendan Shanahan, Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer, plus late coach Fred Shero and Canadian women's team defenseman Geraldine Heaney, joined the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.
Shanahan — now the NHL's vice president of player safety — played on the edge during his 21 seasons but put up 656 goals and 698 assists, numbers that made him worthy of induction.
"It is just so great to feel like a hockey player again this weekend," Shanahan said, according to prohockeytalk.com. "It's just so great. I miss it."
Defensemen Chelios, a three-time Norris Trophy winner, and Niedermayer entered the Hall in their first year of eligibility; former forward Shanahan in his second.
"I owe everything in my life to my family, friends and this great game of hockey," Chelios, who played professionally until he was 48, said in his speech, the website reported.
"I am tremendously privileged to have the career that I did," said Niedermayer, who won four Stanley Cups (three with the Devils and one with the Ducks) and the Norris Trophy in 2003-04.
Heaney spoke of her mother, saying, "Thanks for never telling me 'Girls don't play.' "
Shero, who died in 1990, won two Stanley Cups with the Flyers in the 1970s and had been eligible for induction for decades.
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