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by George Malik on 11/11/13 at 10:06 PM ET
The NHL hasn't posted all of the induction speeches from tonight's Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies, but here's Chris Chelios's 10:13 induction speech...
Here's NHL.com's Corey Masisak's summation of Chelios's speech...
Chelios began with talking about the surreal story of how he ended up becoming an NHL player. He used the word “comical” to describe how he was able to make it as a kid who grew up in California, where there wasn’t much hockey played.
He talked about not having any hockey heroes growing up, but looking up to Dick Butkus after spending his early years in Chicago. Instead of thanking the Hockey Hall of Fame, he apologized for being “the biggest pain in the rump” in the history of the Hall because of all the people he brought with him to Toronto this weekend.
Chelios thanked his coaches in Moose Jaw for giving him a “crash course” in becoming a defenseman. He thanked his coaches at the University of Wisconsin, “Badger” Bob Johnson and Jeff Sauer.
He said when people ask him how he was able to play so long in the NHL, he always says, "Patrick Roy, Eddie Belfour, Dominik Hasek and Chris Osgood" because they were the great goaltenders who have helped him look good on some nights where he wasn’t.
Chelios recapped his incredible career, thanking coaches and general managers and teammates from Montreal, Chicago and Detroit along the way.
Next Chelios spoke of his involvement in labor negotiations. He called it the "ugly" part of the game and said no one won, but thanked past prominent members of the NHL Players’ Association and urged younger players to educate themselves on the stories of past players like Ted Lindsay.
After that, he said he wanted to talk about the “beautiful” part of the game, in which he thanked his family. After saying that he forgot about the joke he was going to open with and saying his speech was actually going better than he expected or hoped, Chelios closed with saying the most important thing has always been his family and friends and this night could be classified as “what an ending.”
I actually found Shanahan's speech posted on the Blues' website, and it's 12 minutes long...
Here's Masisak's summation of Shanahan's speech...
Shanahan told an emotional story about his parents. His father passed away when he was 21, and his mother got her driver's license when his dad got sick and would drive long distances to his junior games.
He thanked his older brothers for letting him play even when he was one of the weakest players, saying that motivation helped him get better and stayed with him when he was in the NHL.
Shanahan thanked his wife and his children, who didn't get to see him play much but have had the chance to watch a lot of old video this weekend.
He talked about the incredible feeling of winning a championship, even saying "with no disrespect Johnny Mac" to John McEnroe, who was in attendance, that there is no feeling in sports like winning a championship as a team.
Shanahan thanked New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello for drafting him and Jim Rutherford for being upfront with him about the direction of the Hartford Whalers and trading him to the team he wanted to go to, the Detroit Red Wings.
He alluded to Fred Shero’s famous words about walking together forever, and said he hopes those Detroit teams will be like the Flyers teams of the 1970s and still together years from now.
Here's Shanahan speaking to the NHL Network prior to his induction:
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