Five new names will be added to the Hockey Hall of Fame after it was announced Chris Chelios, Geraldine Heaney, Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan and Fred Shero are the latest legends to be inducted.
Defencemen Niedermayer and Chelios were accepted after being on the ballot for the first time, with nominees needing to gain 14 votes from 18 to be granted the status of Hall of Famer.
"I was part of one era, I think Chris has probably been part of a few," Niedermayer said after the announcement of the news.
"The one thing that I do remember playing against Chris was he was one of the toughest guys to play against, even as a defenceman.
"He was always giving me a hard time on the ice, making life miserable. Hopefully in November it's not the same when we get to Toronto."
Chelios also offered praise of former rival Niedermayer, claiming he was one of the most professional players he ever came across over the course of his long and established career.
"I think the biggest reason why I was mad at [Niedermayer] was because he made it look so easy," Chelios said.
"As far as his skills and his leadership and [how] he went about his business, I find him very comparable to Stevie Yzerman, the way he conducted himself on the ice. I have all the respect in the world for Scott playing against him."
Heaney becomes the third female player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, while former Stanley Cup winning coach Shero finally gets recognition for his services to the NHL.
Rob Blake, Paul Kariya, Rod Brind’Amour and Keith Tkachuk were four of several first year eligible players who will now need to wait at least another year before they are bestowed the honour.
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