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Shero's wisdom, innovation made Flyers into winners

Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Fred Shero is best remembered for nine words he scrawled on a blackboard in a locker room of the Spectrum in Philadelphia on a May day in 1974.

"Win together today and we will walk together forever," was the message, and his Philadelphia Flyers went out that day and beat the Boston Bruins 1-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to become the first expansion team to claim hockey's greatest prize.

Those players did more than win a championship that day; they formed a bond that still holds strong nearly 40 years later. It was a lesson few recognized at the time, but now all realize was prescient.

"All of what Freddie did we recognized later," Bob Clarke, the captain of that Flyers team, told

Clarke: Shero was ahead of his time

Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Bob Clarke - Special to

Bob Clarke captained the Philadelphia Flyers for six seasons while playing for Fred Shero. In that span, he won the Stanley Cup twice and three Hart Trophies.

When Fred Shero got to the Flyers in 1971, I was 22 years old and going into my second NHL season. Back then players didn't just go talk to the coach; eventually the coach would tell you what he wanted or needed from you.

I think in today's world every new coach talks to every player and their wives and their kids and everybody else before the season starts. Freddie never said a word through training camp to me personally until probably 30 games into the season. But it didn't bother me at all, because I don't think he was talking to anybody else.

Daneyko: Niedermayer made it look easy

Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Ken Daneyko - Special to

Ken Daneyko played alongside Scott Niedermayer for 12 seasons with the New Jersey Devils, winning three Stanley Cups in four trips to the Final.

One of the first moments that stood out to me about Scott Niedermayer came during a practice in his first full season, 1992-93. I'm not sure if Scott remembers it, but we had lost a few games in a row and we had one of those no-puck skate-'til-you-drop punishment type of practices that coaches implemented back then. After an hour straight of skating I came in to the locker room and laid down on the floor exhausted. After taking off my equipment I looked like I had just been in the shower, sweating profusely. Nieder comes in maybe 30 seconds later, takes his shoulder pads off and I remember seeing a giant raindrop in the middle of his T-shirt. That was the extent of his sweat. We all looked at him in amazement as I asked, "Wasn't that even remotely hard for you?" His only response was, "No, that was pretty hard," and that was it.

You could tell it was effortless for him. That's when I knew we had something special. He was a machine. He worked just as hard as everybody but for him it came easy.

Niedermayer a winner every time he stepped on the ice

Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Scott Niedermayer's long, graceful skating stride allowed him to glide up and down the ice. He'd get the puck, move it and then he'd be gone. The opposition couldn't keep up with him, knock him down or wear him out.

"He was like a ghost out there," Mike Babcock told "He would just arrive when you wouldn't expect it and make plays."

Bobby Orr opened the ice for skating defensemen in the 1970s, forever changing the way the game would be played during his Hall of Fame career. Paul Coffey followed Orr in the 1980s, carrying his fluid style through two decades of dominance that was good enough to earn him a spot in the Hall of Fame as well.

Niedermayer's skating was so smooth that he fell in line behind Orr and Coffey after he got to the New Jersey Devils in 1992 following a junior career that saw him win gold at the 1991 IIHF World Junior Championship and the Memorial Cup with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League in 1992.

He'd go on to win every team trophy he could, including the Stanley Cup four times (1995, 2000, 2003, 2007), two Olympic gold medals (2002, 2010), gold at the 2004 World Championship and gold at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Niedermayer also took home the Norris Trophy in 2004 and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2007 after winning the Cup with the Anaheim Ducks.

Heaney 'greatest defenseman' in women's history

Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Cassie Campbell-Pascall - Special to

Cassie Campbell-Pascall played for Canada at three Olympics and captained Canada to gold medals at the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. She is regarded as one of the finest female hockey players ever. However, she credits 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Geraldine Heaney for helping her become the player and person she became.

I never saw the 1990 IIHF World Women’s Championship live. That's where Geraldine Heaney became famous for scoring what is still considered the greatest goal in the history of women's hockey.

But I remember when I was at a tournament in Canada when I was 16 years old some members of Canada's national team came and all the young kids got a chance to meet them. That was the first time I met her. Then, of course, we played together on the national team starting in 1994. I played club hockey with her as well.

Considering all the great experiences I've had with Geraldine, there's no question in my mind that she's earned her place in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Heaney was a trailblazer for women's hockey

Tuesday, 11.05.2013 / 3:00 AM / Hall of Fame

Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer

The list of players in the modern era compared to Bobby Orr is very short. The two most prominent names are Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey, Stanley Cup champions who were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004.

The third member of that very short list, Geraldine Heaney, is about to join them in the Hall.

Whereas Bourque and Coffey became two of the most decorated players in the NHL, Heaney made her mark at a time when women's hockey players weren't supposed to skate like the boys.

"I started at a time when a lot of girls weren't playing. I was the only girl playing with my brothers. At the time, I never thought only boys played hockey. As a kid you don't care," said Heaney, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 11. "I would always be going to the rink and asked my dad, 'How come I can't play?' At that time the girls weren’t allowed to play with the boys. So he looked for a team for me and I had to play with girls four or five years older."

By age 13 Heaney began playing with the vaunted Toronto Aeros women's club, a team she would play with for almost two decades. As she developed her style as an offensive defenseman always looking to jump into the rush, she won Ontario provincial championships at every level. Her incredible run with the Aeros included four national championships and 15 provincial titles in 17 years. At a time when the women's game still was developing, Heaney was establishing herself as a titan. But her most iconic moment on the ice, and perhaps the most historic play in the history of women's hockey, still was around the corner.

OHL draft surprise foretold Shanahan's greatness

Wednesday, 07.10.2013 / 12:30 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

By the time Brendan Shanahan got to Joe Louis Arena on June 13, 1987 for the NHL Draft, he already knew where he was rated and that the possibility existed for the New Jersey Devils to take him with the No. 2 pick, which they did.

Two years earlier, a slender, tall and somewhat knock-kneed Shanahan stood with an old minor bantam coach inside an arena in Toronto during the first-round of the 1985 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Draft and had absolutely no clue what was about to happen to him.

"I think my hockey career snuck up on all of us in my family, quite honestly," Shanahan told on Tuesday, shortly after learning that he was voted in as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2013.

Niedermayer, Chelios, Shanahan get 2013 Hall call

Fred Shero, Heaney also chosen to be inducted in November

Tuesday, 07.09.2013 / 6:00 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class includes a pair of legendary defensemen, a 600-goal scorer, a coach who was known as an innovator, and a woman who drew comparisons to Bobby Orr.

Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Fred Shero and Geraldine Heaney were voted into the Hall of Fame on Tuesday. They will be inducted Nov. 11 in Toronto.

Niedermayer, Chelios, Shanahan and Heaney were voted as members of the Player Category. Heaney is the third woman elected, joining Cammi Granato and Angela James, who were part of the Class of 2010. Shero, the two-time Stanley Cup-winning coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, goes in posthumously as a member of the Builder Category.

The voting was conducted by the Hall's 18-member selection committee, which met in private Tuesday morning to select the Class of 2013.

Hall call: Three likely locks, but will fourth get in?

Monday, 07.08.2013 / 2:17 PM / Hall of Fame

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The calendar suggests that it's again time for the old Hall of Fame debate.

The 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class will be revealed Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET (TSN2) after the 18-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee meets in seclusion in Toronto to discuss the candidates and vote on them. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. ET and candidates are required to land on 75 percent of the ballots in order to be elected, but no more than four players can be in the Class of 2013.

Will there be four this year? Who will they be?

Here is a look at three guys that should be getting calls from the Hall on Tuesday and a list of others who are vying for the fourth spot available, if necessary:

Neale, Greenberg honored by Hockey Hall of Fame

Tuesday, 06.11.2013 / 11:51 AM / Hall of Fame

Connor Mellas - Staff Writer

The Hockey Hall of Fame announced the 2013 recipients of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award and the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award on Monday, awarding the honors to Buffalo Sabres broadcaster Harry Neale, and to journalist Jay Greenberg, respectively.

Neale, the popular veteran broadcaster and former Detroit Red Wings and Vancouver Canucks coach, was chosen by the National Hockey League Broadcasters' Association as this year's winner of the Hewitt award in recognition of his contributions to hockey broadcasting. He also wins the award the year after his long-time Sabres broadcast partner, Rick Jeanneret, was honored.

"Harry has entertained millions of hockey fans in the United States and Canada for close to 30 years," Chuck Kaiton, President of the NHL Broadcasters' Association, said. "His unique brand of humor and insight has been memorable. He is extremely worthy of this honor and the NHL Broadcasters' Association applauds him for his great work in all aspects of hockey."

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