NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Former New York Ranger and current NHL Executive Brendan Shanahan looks on prior to the New York Rangers hosting the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
On Tuesday afternoon, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced its 2012 class, which surprisingly excluded former Red Wings star Brendan Shanahan.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced the list of the newest inductees to be enshrined later this year, which surprisingly excluded former Detroit Red Wings star Brendan Shanahan from the most exclusive club in all of hockey.
With 2012 being his first year of eligibility, many assumed that Shanahan was a shoe-in to have his name announced as part of the 2012 class. Collecting 656 goals, 698 assists and 1,354 points in more than 1,500 games, Shanahan is the only player in NHL history to ever record 600 or more goals in addition to 2,000 or more penalty minutes.
Winning three Stanley Cups during his 10 years with the Red Wings, Shanahan played in eight All-Star games, won a King Clancy Award for leadership in 2003 and has the second most consecutive seasons with 20 or more goals in NHL history.
Despite these accomplishments, he will have to wait at least one more year prior to being inducted into the Hall.
The Red Wings will have one representative in this year's class, as Oates began his career with the Red Wings as an undrafted free agent in 1985. He spent four years in Detroit prior to being traded to the St. Louis Blues in 1989.
Tuesday turned out to be a good day for Oates; only hours before being inducted into the Hall, he was named as the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.