So he probably got robbed on the first ballot consideration, but that issue has now been resolved for Brendan Shanahan, who will join fellow former Red Wing Chris Chelios (who is on his first ballot) and consistent thorn-in-Detroit's side Scott Niedermayer as the three NHL players selected for this year's Hockey Hall of Fame class.
Fred Shero and Geraldine Heaney round out the list of honorees. Heaney becomes the third female to earn induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a player.
Chris Chelios played all or part of 26 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and Atlanta Thrashers. 1,917 NHL games played, 1,092 points scored, and more than two full days in the penalty box (3,314 PIM) between regular season and playoff games. Before retiring at the age of 48, Chelios won three Stanley Cups and two Norris trophies. Chelios came to Detroit from Chicago in March of 1999, a move which angered Blackhawks fans while sending Anders Eriksson and two first-round picks Chicago's way (Steve McCarthy and Adam Munro).
Since retirement, Chelios has taken a job with the Red Wings' front office as Advisor to Hockey Operations. he also maintains close ties to the city with his Cheli's Chili Bar.
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Brendan Shanahan came to Detroit after having played in New Jersey, St. Louis, and Hartford. Already a 9-year veteran, the 28-year old went on to play 842 games for the Red Wings, scoring 345 regular season and playoff goals on his way to winning three Stanley Cups with the team. After one post-2004-lockout season in Detroit, Shanahan went on to play three more seasons with the Rangers and Devils before hanging up his skates. Shanahan retired as the only NHL player with 600 career goals and 2,000 career penalty minutes.
Post-retirement, Shanahan took on a role with the NHL working with "Hockey and Business Development". He's currently the league's head disciplinarian in the Department of Player Safety, where he gets to work making neat videos explaining what dirtbags the players are now.
Shanahan and Chelios both played on the 2001-02 Cup-Winning Red Wings' team which could boast up to ten Hall-of-Famers by the time all eligibilities have been reached.
Scott Niedermayer was a great player too, but this is a Red Wings blog. Go read about him somewhere else.