Red Wings and Devils dominance evident in recent Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies

Red Wings legends have their numbers honoured at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Red Wings legends have their numbers honoured at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The true measure of a hockey team’s legacy can be measured by its contributions to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Over the last several years the Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils have been supplying hockey’s most elite club with legend after legend. In last night’s wonderful Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony the Red Wings and Devils sent a combined three players into hockey’s ultimate shrine.

Chris Chelios won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Detroit Red Wings (2002 & 2008). Scott Niedermayer hoisted the Cup three times in Devils black, red and white (1995, 2000, & 2003). And Brendan Shanahan, who played with the Devils and Red Wings, is a proud Cup winner with Detroit (1997, 1998 & 2002).

Since 2007, twenty-two NHL players have been inducted into the HHoF and thirteen of them were at one point members of the Detroit Red Wings or New Jersey Devils:

Scott Stevens, Devils – Class of 2007

Igor Larionov, Devils and Red Wings – Class of 2008

Brett Hull, Red Wings – Class of 2009

Steve Yzerman, Red Wings – Class of 2009

Luc Robitaille, Red Wings – Class of 2009

Dino Ciccarelli, Red Wings – Class of 2010

Doug Gilmour, Devils – Class of 2011

Mark Howe, Red Wings – Class of 2011

Joe Nieuwendyk, Devils – Class of 2011

Adam Oates, Red Wings – Class of 2012

Chris Chelios, Red Wings – Class of 2013

Scott Niedermayer, Devils – Class of 2013

Brendan Shanahan, Devils and Red Wings – Class of 2013

Hall of Fame inductees list courtesy of Wikipedia dot com via information gathered from the Hockey Hall of Fame dot com. 

Honourable mention to the two-time Cup winning Colorado Avalanche who have sent Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic to the Hall. Other former members of the Nordiques/Avs organization to enter as players over the last several years includes: Mats Sundin and Ray Bourque.

We can look forward to a few more legends from the Red Wings and Devils entering the Hall in the near future. When he finally retires, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will be honoured first ballot. Various members of the 02′ Wings will likely have their ticket punched, including: Dominik Hasek, Sergei Fedorov, and Nicklas Lidstrom who are locks.

Last night’s induction ceremony was amazingly done. The inductees spoke admirably, stirring up old memories, causing some laughter and a few tears.

Some worth-reading quotes from last night:

And, another former New Jersey Devil who needs to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame, as tweeted by Adam Proteau of The Hockey News and agreed upon by the hockey world: