Monday is a special day as not only is it Veterans Day in the US and Remembrance Day in Canada, but it's also the day when five hockey greats will take their positions in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
When a class consists of a trio of NHL players like Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer and Brendan Shanahan, it's impossible to name a headliner. Add in Canadian women's player Geraldine Heaney and the late Fred Shero with his overdue recognition in the Builders category and it's another spectacular group headed for enshrinement.
Each player has a great story to tell from Chelios' humble start in San Diego to Brendan Shanahan's father who was inflicted with Alzheimer's Disease. From Scott Niedermayer's smooth ability and dominance in New Jersey to Fred Shero being ahead of his time and Heaney being the women's game's Bobby Orr.
Those are all wonderful (really, they are) but they've been covered. Instead we're going to present the honorees in a different light before the inductions, a little bit of "lighter side" moments from their careers because their legacies go beyond what they did on the ice.
Shanny had some excellent seasons across several teams before becoming the NHL's discipline czar and that includes years in Detroit when he won three Stanley Cups in nine seasons. Plus he left this fantastic memory. Sully and Force weren't the first to antagonize penalized players.
For those who watch Shanahan's bevy of suspension videos today, you might wonder if Shanny has much of a personality. Well yes, once upon a time he certainly did.
In fact, he had lot of personality.
People mostly remember Chelios for his excellent defensive ability and incredibly long career in the NHL but what about Chelios the actor? He was good enough to land a role once by the side of Samuel L. Jackson in a short movie.
Indeed, Chelios was a guy who could say a thing or two with a camera and microphone in his face. Who can forget his rant against the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman amid the labor strife in 1994? Certainly not Bettman or pretty much anybody else for that matter.
Niedermayer was obviously a great, great player. He wouldn't be headed into the Hall this year if he weren't. He was so good that his stick alone was enough to incite a fight in the stands at a game all while Scott was trying to be nice and give it to a little girl.
Niedermayer doesn't quite have the outtakes and such that the other two NHL stars in this class had but Niedermayer had more than his fair share of great plays like this one that sent Pierre McGuire into a fit.
Unfortunately, Fred did his NHL work before the days of YouTube but his awesome quote prior to the Flyers' game against the Red Army team in 1976 has survived because it's quite awesome.
Indeed, it was a great day for Shero: the Flyers won the game 4-1.
You want to know why Heaney has been compared to Bobby Orr? Her goal in the 1990 World Championships against the US should give you a pretty good idea as to why.