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Decision Time For The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

The Hall’s clandestine committee will reveal its choices Tuesday, and the induction ceremony will be conducted on Remembrance Day in Toronto.

Here’s a closer look at the top contenders to have their names called:

Scott Niedermayer

One of the most-decorated players in history is a lock to go in on his first ballot. The long-time New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks defenceman won four Stanley Cups, a James Norris Memorial Trophy, a Conn Smythe Trophy, the Memorial Cup, two Olympic gold medals, world championship gold, world junior championship and World Cup of Hockey. He is already in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame and had his jersey retired by the Kamloops Blazers and Devils. No debate here.

Brendan Shanahan

The NHL’s head of discipline is unlikely to be passed over a second year. In his lengthy career, Shanahan finished 13th in NHL games played, 13th in goals, 25th in points and 22nd in penalty minutes. One of the all-time great power forwards, he won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, but had his two most-productive years in St. Louis with back-to-back 50 goal campaigns for the Blues. Not a lock, but pretty close.

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LiteWork's avatar

Niedermayer is a lock but Chelios isnt? More proof that Niedermayer is the most overrated player in history from the perspective of the media.

Posted by LiteWork on 07/09/13 at 02:31 PM ET

perfection's avatar

i was going to say the same thing… though not so much about Niedermayer being overrated, just that it’s weird he’s a “lock” and Chelios is not. I think Chelios’ accolades are at least equal if not greater than Niedermayer’s and it seems like they punish Chelios for his longevity (while that should be yet another accolade). Because he played until he was so old, a good chunk of the end of his career had him as a role player rather than a superstar and it seems that somehow detracts from his legacy. If he would have retired at his peak he’d be a “lock”. that makes no sense.

Posted by perfection from LaLaLand on 07/09/13 at 02:47 PM ET

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