Runner-up to Mario Lemieux as 1985 NHL rookie of the year, Chelios won three Stanley Cups, three James Norris Memorial Trophies as the NHL’s outstanding defenceman, and in a 26-year career that featured stops with Original Six teams Montreal, Chicago and Detroit, made the first or second all-star team seven times. Chelios played on U.S. Olympic team as a college player in 1984, and won a silver medal with the U.S. in 2002.
The third female after Angela James and Cammi Granato to be selected to the HHOF in the player category, Heaney was born in Northern Ireland, but grew up playing hockey for the Toronto Aeros, an association she would remain with for 18 seasons. As a member of Canada’s national team she won seven world championship gold medals and was chosen best defenceman at the 1992 and 1994 events. A member of Canada’s 2002 gold-medal Olympic team, Heaney also won silver in 1998.
One of the most naturally fluid skaters to play the game, Niedermayer won championships at every level of hockey, beginning in 1992, when he won the Memorial Cup with the Kamloops Blazers. He went on to win three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, and a fourth with the Anaheim Ducks. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2007 as MVP of the NHL playoffs; and also won a world junior title (1991), a world men’s title (2004) and two Olympic gold medals (2002, 2010).
Currently the NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations, Shanahan was a rugged, yet skilled player, who demonstrated notable leadership qualities in a career that spanned two decades. The second player overall chosen in the 1987 entry draft, Shanahan played for New Jersey, St. Louis, Hartford and Detroit, where he played for nine years and won three Stanley Cups. Shanahan also won a gold medal with Canada’s 2002 Olympic team.
Best known for helping the Philadelphia Flyers become the first post-Original Six expansion team to win a Stanley Cup, Shero began his coaching career in 1959-60 with the St. Paul Saints of the old IHL, and progressed up the ranks with a career culminating in nine seasons in the NHL. The Flyers won championships in 1974 and 1975, and he also guided the New York Rangers to the 1979 final. In 734 NHL regular-season games as coach, his teams went 390-225-119. Shero died on Nov. 24, 1990, at 65.