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Pronger Headed to Hockey Hall of Fame

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Chris Pronger, who spent 598 games with the St. Louis Blues and won the Hart (MVP) and Norris Trophy (Best Defenseman) Trophy in the same season, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 9 in Toronto.

Pronger joins Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Federov, and Phil Housley in the Class of 2015.

“It’s very humbling to be included alongside the esteemed group of players and builders in the Hockey Hall of Fame’s class of 2015,” Pronger said in a statement released by the Hockey Hall of Fame. “It’s very exciting to think about becoming an Honoured Member. It’s certainly something I didn’t expect while playing.”

Pronger played in 1,167 career NHL games over 18 seasons, playing with the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers.

A four-time NHL All-Star, Pronger also is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

With St. Louis, Pronger averaged more than 30 minutes per game in two seasons with the Blues. According to, he averaged more than 25 minutes per game in every full season he played from 1998-99 to 2009-10.

Pronger's career was cut short due to concussion-related injuries. He played his last game on Nov. 19, 2011.

Pronger and Bobby Orr are the only defensemen to win the Hart and Norris Trophy in the same season.

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