By Allan Muir
The selection committee for the Hockey Hall of Fame has earned a healthy dose of scorn for its history of voting that, at times, smacks of cronyism, vindictiveness and xenophobia. But in naming the members of the Class of 2013 today, it came as close to getting it right as it has in years.
The 18-man induction committee voted in Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan and Geraldine Heaney in the Player Category and Fred Shero in the Builder Category. All are eminently worthy of the honor, even though it took too long for three of them to be recognized.
The Hall doesn’t release vote totals, but it’s hard to imagine that Niedermayer wasn’t on all 18 ballots in his first year of eligibility.
Whatever standards someone might apply to earn admission to the Hall, he crushed them all.