Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2013

With the retirements now of Scott Neidermayer and Rob Blake the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2013 is starting to take shape.

Scott Niedermayer split his NHL career with the New Jersey Devils and the Anaheim Ducks.

He is the only player to win every major championship in his career. Niedermayer he has won the Memorial Cup, World Junior Championship gold, IIHF World Championship gold, two Olympic gold medals, four Stanley Cups and the World Cup. He is also a member of the Triple Gold Club (status awarded to players that have won a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold, and World Championship gold).

Here is a list of awards for Neidermayer:

1992–93 — NHL All-Rookie Team (defenceman)
1994–95 — Stanley Cup (New Jersey Devils)
1997–98 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
1997–98 — NHL — Second All-Star Team (defenceman)
1999–00 — Stanley Cup (New Jersey Devils)
2000–01 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
2002 Winter Olympics - Won Olympic Gold with Team Canada
2002–03 — Stanley Cup (New Jersey Devils)
2003–04 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
2003–04 — NHL — First All-Star Team (defenceman)
2003–04 — NHL — James Norris Memorial Trophy (Defenceman of the Year)
Anaheim Ducks
2005–06 — First All-Star Team (defenceman)
2006–07 — Selected as Starter for NHL All-Star Game (but did not play)
2006–07 — NHL — Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP)
2006–07 — NHL — First All-Star Team (defenceman)
2006–07 — Stanley Cup (Anaheim Ducks)
2007–08 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
2008–09 — Played in NHL All-Star Game
2010 Winter Olympics - Won Olympic Gold with Team Canada

Niedermayer has played for Canada in the following competitions:

1991 World Junior Championships (gold medal)
1992 World Junior Championships
1996 World Cup (runner-up)
2002 Winter Olympics (gold medal)
2004 World Championships (gold medal)
2004 World Cup (championship)
2010 Winter Olympics (gold medal)

Also retiring thus far in this off season is Rob Blake.

Blake spent his NHL career among three team rosters that included the San Jose Sharks, the LA Kings, and the Colorado Avalanche in which he played in 1270 regular season games reaching 240 goals 537 assist, totalling 777 points (what a lucky number THAT is)and 1679 penalty minutes. Blake totaled an additional 146 games 26 goals 47 assist (73 total points) and 166 penalty minutes in the playoffs.

Played for Team Canada in:

1991 World Championships (silver medal)
1994 World Championships (gold medal)
1996 World Cup of Hockey (silver medal)
1997 World Championships (gold medal)
1998 Winter Olympics
1998 World Championships
1999 World Championships
2002 Winter Olympics (gold medal)
2006 Winter Olympics

Awards for Rob Blake:
NHL All-Rookie Team - 1991.
Played in NHL All-Star Game - 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003.
Named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 1998.
Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
James Norris Memorial Trophy - 1998.
Stanley Cup - 2001 Colorado Avalanche.

The question now being asked is if Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu will join these two by announcing their retirements this summer as well.

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