"Scott Niedermayer was the only one who had won a
Pronger, one of the most feared but coveted defensemen of his generation, headlined a seven-person class elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. The group, which will be inducted Nov. 9 at a ceremony in Toronto, also includes in the players' category skillful forward Sergei Fedorov, creative defenseman Phil Housley, seven-time Norris Trophy winner Nick Lidstrom of the
Elected in the builders' category were Bill Hay, a former
Housley is the third-highest scorer among American players with 1,232 points over 23 NHL seasons. He retired in 2003. "I can't tell you how shocked, excited, extremely proud I am of being able to enter with all these players in this year's class and the past class," he said.
Lidstrom, a lock in his first year of eligibility, and Fedorov, who played 85 games for the Ducks, brought to nine the number of Hall of Famers from the Red Wings' 2002 championship team.
"I'm very excited and proud and honored to be going into the Hall of Fame with all the other great players," said Lidstrom, who spent his entire NHL career with Detroit and amassed 1,142 points in 1,564 games while winning four Cup championships.
Fedorov, who defected from Russia during the 1990 Goodwill Games, won three titles with Detroit. "I decided to move on, leave the country for the dream that I experienced in the NHL," he said.
Ruggiero, a member of the
Pronger, who works for the NHL's Department of Player Safety, last played for the
Pronger's role as a disciplinarian is interesting because he was suspended eight times as a player. Asked if any current player plays as he did, he laughed. "I don't know if you could. They might be in front of me if they did," he said.