Oates, not Shanahan part of 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame

DETROIT – Former Red Wing Brendan Shanahan seemed like a lock to make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, but will have to wait at least one more season.

Former Wing Adam Oates, who has been eligible since 2007 to get added to the HOF, along with Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure were elected this year.

It was quite an afternoon for Oates, who earlier in the day was hired by the Washington Capitals as their head coach.

Oates, who played for six seasons in Washington, was an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils and helped guide the team to a Stanley Cup Final berth earlier this month.

Shanahan, who is currently the NHL’s Vice President of Hockey and Business Development and head disciplinarian, helped lead the Wings to three Stanley Cups from 1996-2006.

Shanahan was originally drafted by the New Jersey Devils second overall in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.

Shanahan also played with the St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers.

Shanahan scored 656 goals in his career spanning over 1,500 games and, at the time of his retirement, was the leader among active NHL players for goals scored.

Shanahan is the only player in NHL history with over 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.

While competing for Team Canada, Shanahan also won a gold medal at the 1994 World Championships, 2002 Winter Olympics, and a 1991 Canada Cup championship, which makes him a member of the elite Triple Gold Club.

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One response to “Oates, not Shanahan part of 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame

  1. Pingback: Wait, what? Red Wings’ Brendan Shanahan overlooked by the Hockey Hall of Fame? | The Vancouver Canucks

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