Chris Chelios has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame along with Scott Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero.
Chelios played the first seven years of his amazing 26 year NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens, winning the first of his three Norris Trophy’s, as well as the first of three Stanley Cup titles, with the Montreal Canadiens.
Chelios became known for his career durability, as his 1651 career games is the most ever played by a defenseman. He scored 948 points in the NHL, setting career highs of 20 goals and 73 points while playing for the Canadiens.
He was dealt for Denis Savard in 1990, one of the worst trades in Canadiens history, as he would go on to win two more Norris Trophy’s in an era where his competition included Paul Coffey, Ray Bourque, Al MacInnis and Brian Leetch to name a few excellent defenders that he proved to be on par with.
Pat Burns was passed over once again for Hall of Fame nomination, instead the voters decided to go with Fred Shero. Considering only one coach can be elected in a given year, it is good to see that the Hall of Fame committee finally corrected one of their biggest omissions of the past by electing Shero.
Hopefully, they are still thinking clearly next year, and they nominate long overdue coaches in consecutive seasons by finally giving Burns his recognition.