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Chelios, Niedermayer headline five-member 2013 Hockey Hall of Fame class

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TORONTO - Scott Niedermayer, Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan, Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero are headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Niedermayer, Chelios and Shanahan were the former NHL players chosen for the class of 2013.

Heaney will be the third woman enshrined in the Hall.

Shero was selected in the builder category.

Chelios and Niedermayer made it in their first year of eligibility.

The official induction ceremony is scheduled for November.

Niedermayer won four Stanley Cups in 17 full NHL seasons to go along with a Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy. He had 172 goals and 568 assists in 1,263 games and was considered one of the top defencemen of his era.

Chelios played 23 full seasons and parts of three more, taking part in his final NHL game at age 48. Arguably the best U.S.-born player, Chelios won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenceman three times.

Shanahan had 656 goals and 698 assists. He won three Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal and was the quintessential scoring power winger of his era.

Heaney was a defenceman on Canada's gold-medal-winning team at the 2002 Olympics and is considered one of the best female players in history.

Shero won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the expansion-era Philadelphia Flyers in 1974 and 1975 and he was seen as an innovator by coaching systems and having a playbook. He was elected to the Hall of Fame 23 years after his death.

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