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Chelios, Niedermayer, Shanahan top 2013 Hockey Hall class

  • FILE - In this June 6, 2007 file photo, Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer holds up the Stanley Cup after the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Mark Avery, File)

    FILE - In this June 6, 2007 file photo, Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer holds up the Stanley Cup after the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Mark Avery, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2008 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios skates with the Stanley Cup in Detroit after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes, in this June 13, 2002 file photo. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)

    FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2008 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios skates with the Stanley Cup in Detroit after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes, in this June 13, 2002 file photo. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)

  • FILE - In this June 22, 2010 file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer announces his retirement from professional hockey during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this June 22, 2010 file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer announces his retirement from professional hockey during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, former New Jersey Devils player Scott Niedermayer waves during a ceremony in which the team retired his No. 27 jersey, in Newark, N.J. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

    FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, former New Jersey Devils player Scott Niedermayer waves during a ceremony in which the team retired his No. 27 jersey, in Newark, N.J. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

  • FILE - In this June 6, 2007 file photo, Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, left, accepts the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs,  from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, after the Ducks won the Cup with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Mark Avery, File)

    FILE - In this June 6, 2007 file photo, Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, left, accepts the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs, from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, after the Ducks won the Cup with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Mark Avery, File)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2006 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios shoots against the Calgary Flames in the first period of their NHL hockey game in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2006 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios shoots against the Calgary Flames in the first period of their NHL hockey game in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2006 file photo,  Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios skates up the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers in their NHL hockey game  in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2006 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios skates up the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers in their NHL hockey game in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2010 file photo, Chris Chelios talks about his retirement from the National Hockey League and his new role with the Detroit Red Wings during a news conference in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, William Archie, File) ** DETROIT NEWS OUT  MAGS OUT  NO SALES  MANDATORY CREDIT **

    FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2010 file photo, Chris Chelios talks about his retirement from the National Hockey League and his new role with the Detroit Red Wings during a news conference in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, William Archie, File) ** DETROIT NEWS OUT MAGS OUT NO SALES MANDATORY CREDIT **

  • FILE - This Feb. 21, 2002 file photo shows Canadian women's hockey team member Geraldine Heaney licking her gold medal after their win over the United States at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. They'll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson, File)

    FILE - This Feb. 21, 2002 file photo shows Canadian women's hockey team member Geraldine Heaney licking her gold medal after their win over the United States at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. They'll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson, File)

  • FILE - This Nov. 27, 2001 file photo shows Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan looking out from the bench during an NHL  game with the Calgary Flames at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    FILE - This Nov. 27, 2001 file photo shows Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan looking out from the bench during an NHL game with the Calgary Flames at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

  • FILE - In this June 13, 2002, file photo, Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan holds the Stanley Cup after beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 to clinch the championship in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey series in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz, File)

    FILE - In this June 13, 2002, file photo, Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan holds the Stanley Cup after beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 to clinch the championship in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey series in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz, File)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2008 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios skates with the Stanley Cup in Detroit after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes, in this June 13, 2002 file photo. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)

    FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2008 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios skates with the Stanley Cup in Detroit after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes, in this June 13, 2002 file photo. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)

  • FILE - In this June 22, 2010 file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer announces his retirement from professional hockey during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

    FILE - In this June 22, 2010 file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer announces his retirement from professional hockey during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

  • FILE - This Nov. 27, 2001 file photo shows Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan looking out from the bench during an NHL  game with the Calgary Flames at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    FILE - This Nov. 27, 2001 file photo shows Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan looking out from the bench during an NHL game with the Calgary Flames at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

  • FILE - This Feb. 21, 2002 file photo shows Canadian women's hockey team member Geraldine Heaney licking her gold medal after their win over the United States at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. They'll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson, File)

    FILE - This Feb. 21, 2002 file photo shows Canadian women's hockey team member Geraldine Heaney licking her gold medal after their win over the United States at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. They'll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson, File)

  •  TORONTO – Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They’ll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and

    TORONTO – Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They’ll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and

  • FILE - In this June 6, 2007 file photo, Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer holds up the Stanley Cup after the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Mark Avery, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2008 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios skates with the Stanley Cup in Detroit after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes, in this June 13, 2002 file photo. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)
  • FILE - In this June 22, 2010 file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer announces his retirement from professional hockey during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
  • FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2011 file photo, former New Jersey Devils player Scott Niedermayer waves during a ceremony in which the team retired his No. 27 jersey, in Newark, N.J. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
  • FILE - In this June 6, 2007 file photo, Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer, left, accepts the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player during the Stanley Cup playoffs,  from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, after the Ducks won the Cup with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Mark Avery, File)
  • FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2006 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios shoots against the Calgary Flames in the first period of their NHL hockey game in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2006 file photo,  Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios skates up the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers in their NHL hockey game  in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
  • FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2010 file photo, Chris Chelios talks about his retirement from the National Hockey League and his new role with the Detroit Red Wings during a news conference in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, William Archie, File) ** DETROIT NEWS OUT  MAGS OUT  NO SALES  MANDATORY CREDIT **
  • FILE - This Feb. 21, 2002 file photo shows Canadian women's hockey team member Geraldine Heaney licking her gold medal after their win over the United States at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. They'll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson, File)
  • FILE - This Nov. 27, 2001 file photo shows Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan looking out from the bench during an NHL  game with the Calgary Flames at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
  • FILE - In this June 13, 2002, file photo, Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan holds the Stanley Cup after beating the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 to clinch the championship in Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey series in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz, File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2008 file photo, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios skates with the Stanley Cup in Detroit after defeating the Carolina Hurricanes, in this June 13, 2002 file photo. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, file)
  • FILE - In this June 22, 2010 file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer announces his retirement from professional hockey during a news conference in Anaheim, Calif. Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
  • FILE - This Nov. 27, 2001 file photo shows Detroit Red Wings' Brendan Shanahan looking out from the bench during an NHL  game with the Calgary Flames at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
  • FILE - This Feb. 21, 2002 file photo shows Canadian women's hockey team member Geraldine Heaney licking her gold medal after their win over the United States at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan have been picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame. They'll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and '75.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson, File)
  •  TORONTO – Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They’ll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and

TORONTO – Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

They’ll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and Coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and ’75. He was selected posthumously in the builder category.

“There’s no sense looking back as to why it didn’t happen sooner, because today’s a happy day to celebrate the fact that a guy that deserves it immensely has finally been elected to the Hall of Fame,” Flyers chairman Ed Snider said.

Chelios and Niedermayer earned hockey’s biggest individual honor in their first year of eligibility.

Shanahan was a teammate of Chelios’s in Detroit, and played with Niedermayer during the Olympics in 2002 when Canada won gold.

“When you got to play with them, it was a thrill,” Shanahan said. “I spent some years playing with Cheli, and there’s not another guy that you would want to go into a tough situation looking out for you.

“It absolutely makes it more special to go in with people I not only played against, but played with and got to know well.”

The induction ceremony is scheduled for November.

Niedermayer won four Stanley Cups in 17 full NHL seasons to go along with a Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy. He played for the New Jersey Devils from 1991-92 through the 2003-04 season and finished his career in Anaheim in 2010.

Chelios played 23 full seasons and parts of three more, taking part in his final NHL game at age 48.

“I was part of an era, Chris was part of a few,” Niedermayer joked.

Among the game’s best U.S.-born players, Chelios won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman three times. The Chicagoan split much of his career with three storied franchises in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit and was asked which team he will be affiliated when he is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

“U.S.A.,” he said.

Shanahan finished his career with 656 goals and 698 assists. He won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, an Olympic gold medal and was the quintessential scoring power winger of his era. Shanahan started his career with the Devils, went on to play in St. Louis, Hartford, Detroit and for the New York Rangers before ending his playing career back in New Jersey.

Heaney was a defenseman on Canada’s gold-medal-winning team at the 2002 Olympics and is considered one of the best female players in history.

“As a young girl playing hockey, never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be going into the hall,” she said.

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