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Osgood, Shanahan to join Michigan hall

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings
Brendan Shanahan will join Nick Lidstrom in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame this fall. (Photo by Getty Images)

DALLAS -- Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov will soon have some teammates joining them in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

On Monday, the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announced the 2016 class of inductees, including goaltender Chris Osgood and forward Brendan Shanahan.

Osgood spent 14 years of his career with the Wings and had a career record of 401-216-95 with a 2.49 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

In 1,524 games, Shanahan had 656 goals and 698 assists and was considered to be one of the premier power forwards of his time.

The rest of the class includes the Detroit Pistons' Ben Wallace and John Long, the Detroit Lions' and Michigan's Robert Mann, baseball writer Tom Gage, girls basketball coach Kathy McGee and Oakland University swimming and diving coach Pete Hovland.

Also to be inducted with the 2016 class are 2015 inductees Mike Modano, briefly a Red Wing, and Derek Jeter.

Kris Draper, who once roomed with Osgood, was thrilled for his former teammate and roommate.

"Ozzie, I'm glad he got recognized because I think a lot of people would always overlook Ozzie and talk about the team that played in front of him," Draper said. "But in the end, he was a huge part, especially in '98 and '08, two Stanley Cup-winning teams. Obviously he was a part of '97 as well. Mike Vernon played. So I think it's great that he finally got recognized for all the things that he accomplished. That's fantastic."

Kirk Maltby said Osgood really showed his mettle in the 1998 Stanley Cup run.

"They were like, ‘Can Ozzie win the big games? Can he take a team to the finals and win?'" Maltby recalled. "We came in here (Dallas) that second year and we went into overtime and (Jamie) Langenbrunner shot a puck from the red line and scored on him. They won the game and next game I think he shut them out. So Ozzie had the ability to let a bad goal roll off his back and forget about it, whether it was a game-winning one or whatever. That’s what allowed him, other than his talent, to be such a great goaltender."

Shanahan became a huge part of the Wings ending the 42-year Stanley Cup drought when the Wings acquired him in a trade.

Maltby remembered the Wings had a game the day of the trade.

"We got him and were waiting for him to get dressed for warmup and the clock was ticking down," Maltby said. "He was ready for game one and ready to go. I sat beside him in the dressing room, our stalls were beside each other, so, I remember his first game. He was obviously embraced by us, his teammates in the organization but obviously the fans as well right from the get go. We traded Keith Primeau and Paul Coffey, a Hall of Famer, so it wasn’t like we didn’t take a risk in bringing a guy in and losing those two guys who were obviously great hockey players in their own right. But like I said, he came in, fit in right away, and was another big piece for us."

Draper said Shanahan was an important ingredient to their winning mix.

"All of a sudden, Shanny comes in, a guy that can score goals, stuck up for his teammates, definitely scored some big goals and was a big part of our success winning Stanley Cups as well," Draper said.

Both Maltby and Draper know that without Osgood and Shanahan, the Wings wouldn't have won so many Cups.

"Those two guys, I was able to do a lot of winning with them and it's fun to see when players and more importantly, good friends get recognized," Draper said. "Congratulations to both of them."

Shanahan was already enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 and Maltby hopes that this is a step in that direction for Osgood.

"Chris should be in the next handful of years," Maltby said. "There are so many opportunities that he can be nominated. He should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame as well. I think for both of them, they spent a good portion of their life, not just playing hockey, but in the Detroit community and in Michigan doing things and having their families there. Obviously, Chris still lives there through the course of the school year, so it’s good. I’m happy for them. I’m proud of them, and it’s well deserved."

The induction ceremony will be held Sept. 9 at the Max Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Tickets go on sale April 9.

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