Suprising Omission From Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees List
The announcement of the 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees this year brought a surprise to long-term fans.
In a surprising development, Brendan Shanahan, the hard nosed grinder, was not inducted.
The inductees are Adam Oates, Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure. The induction ceremony will be in November.
The exclusion of Brendan Shanahan was a shock to many within the hockey community. Many believe that he was snubbed because of his role as the Head of Player Safety.
“Surprised Brendan Shanahan didn’t make it,” said Bob McKenzie, of TSN of Canada.
“Thrilled for Bure and Oates,” said Pierre Lebrun of ESPN. “Their Hockey Hall of Fame call was long overdue.
“Stunned, however, Shanahan wasn’t first ballot.”
The Hall of Fame Inductees are usually chosen by career statistics. Shanahan won three Stanley cups with the Red Wings, and led the statistics as the only player to score over 600 goals earn more than 2,000 minutes in penalties. He also had the highest amount of goals by a red wing when he retired from the sport.
Shanahan scored 658 goals and 1,354 points in a 21-season career spent with the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers and Wings
What’s your take on this years Inductees? Do you think Shanahan was “snubbed?”