It is Hockey Hall of Fame Weekend, and the Class of 2013 and you can say this is one of the most “Champion” loaded group in a long time. The four men with NHL experience who are going in this weekend, all have their names etched on the Stanley Cup.
Scott Niedermayer hoisted Lord Stanley’s grail four times and was a two time Olympic Gold Medalist. He is joined by a pair of three time Cup winners in Chris Chelios and Brendan Shanahan. The fourth man to enter the Hall is Fred Shero, who coached the Philadelphia Flyers to two Stanley Cups in the 1970’s.
This raises a question that we want to look at in the upcoming months: How much does winning a Championship raise an athlete’s chances to enter a Hall of Fame? There have been many Hall of Famers in all four major North American sports in which inductees have never been a champion. Conversely, there have been Playoff MVPS that have never come close to the Hall of Fame.
Different sports place a higher premium on championships, and though we have not all the research we need to do, we believe that Hockey places a bit of a higher premium on it. Classes like this one show it.