The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013 was announced earlier today and former Anaheim Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer was elected into the Hall on his first opportunity. He now becomes the third player to don the logo of the Duck to be elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame, joining Adam Oates and Jari Kurri. Another former Duck, Paul Kariya was also eligible to be elected, and also his first opportunity, however, he did not get elected. Joining Niedermayer in the Class of 2013 is Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Fred Shero, and Geraldine Heaney.
The Ducks’ website listed all of the accomplishments that Scotty achieved in his career and I just have to share them all with you guys because there’s a lot of them:
"First Ducks defenseman to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of FameFirst defenseman to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame who began his NHL career after 1990 (Niedermayer began his career in 1991-92)The only player in hockey history to have won a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior TitleFour-time Stanley Cup Champion– Won one Cup with Anaheim (2007) and three with New Jersey (1995, 2000 & 2003)2007 Conn Smythe Trophy Winner– Was named the NHL’s Most Valuable Player during Anaheim’s Stanley Cup run2004 James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner– Was named a finalist as the NHL’s top defenseman three straight seasons (2004, 2006 & 2007)Six-Time NHL All-Star– Appeared in five All-Star Games (1998, 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2009)– Was named to the 2007 All-Star Game but did not play due to injury2002 & 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2004 World Championship, 2004 World Cup Title, 1991 World Junior Championship with Team Canada– Served as Team Captain at 2010 Olympic Winter Games in VancouverThree-Time First Team All-Star (2004, 2006 & 2007)1993 NHL All-Rookie Team Member1992 Memorial Cup Champion, Kamloops Blazers, Western Hockey League– Stafford Smythe Trophy Winner as Memorial Cup MVP13 Career Overtime Goals, the Most by a Defenseman in NHL HistoryAll-Time Leading Defensive Scorer for the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey DevilsThe Only Player in Hockey History to have won Four Stanley Cups and Two Olympic Gold Medals"
Kariya definitely has a chance to make it being a point-per-game player for his career. Another former Duck defenseman, Chris Pronger, will be inducted into the Hall at some point as well. Hopefully, he just continues to get healthy. Teemu Selanne also has a fair chance at making it into the Hall. Then there’s Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry who have more time to add to their accomplishments. They certainly are already two of the best players to play for this franchise.
Kind of an abrupt ending to this article, but deal with it.