Five new members of the Hockey Hall of Fame were announced on Tuesday, and two of them had distinct former ties to the New York Rangers. Fred Shero--a former player, head coach, and general manager of the Rangers---and Brendan Shanahan---the power forward who spent two seasons with the Blueshirts---were named as part of the Class of 2013 by the Hockey Hall of Fame, joining former All Star defensemen Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermeyer and former women's hockey great Geraldine Heaney.
The number of people in the Hockey Hall of Fame that have either played for or worked for the Rangers organization now stands at 59 with the additions of Shero and Shanahan. Pavel Bure, who was elected into the HHOF last year, was the most recent former Ranger to be so honored.
Shero, a defenseman, played in 145 games with the Rangers from 1947-48 through 1949-50. He registered 137 penalty minutes and20 points in that span. But his real calling came as a head coach in the National Hockey League, where he led the Philadelphia Flyers to back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975, and another Finals appearance in 1976, before guiding the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1979, where the Blueshirts eventually lost in five games to the Montreal Canadiens.
Known as "Freddie the Fog", Shero was General Manager and Head Coach of the Rangers for more than two seasons, beginning in 1978-79 and up until his resignation during the 1980-81 season. He coached the Rangers for 180 regular season games, posting an 82-74-24 mark, guiding the Blueshirts to back-to-back appearances in the playoffs. Overall Shero, who passed away in 1990, coached 734 games in the NHL, with a 390-225-119 record and two Stanley Cup titles. He has the 11th best all-time winning percentage in league history and was the first winner of the Jack Adams Award in 1974.
Shanahan, who is currently an executive in the National Hockey League's front office, spent two of his 21 NHL seasons with the Rangers. His first year in New York---2006-07---Shanahan scored 29 goals and totaled 62 points in 67 games, while being selected to play in the NHL All Star Game. The following season Shanahan scored 23 goals and finished with 46 points for the Rangers, the last of his 19 seasons in which he scored 20 or more goals.
An alternate captain and fan favorite with the Blueshirts, Shanahan finished his career with 656 goals, 1354 points, and three Stanley Cup championships playing for five NHL teams. He currently ranks 13th all time in goals scored and 25th all-time in points.
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