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Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer add polish to Hall

Chris Chelios is heading into the Hall of Fame.
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Chris Chelios is heading into the Hall of Fame.

New Hall of Fame inductees Chris Chelios and Scott Niedermayer, both on their first ballot, are among the most durable defensemen in NHL history, and they were pretty productive scorers as well.

They are two of only 13 defensemen to log at least 1,200 career games and record at least 700 points, and now nine of those 13 have a spot in the Hall.

Two other first-time eligibles on this list failed to gain entry.

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Player; games; points; Hall status

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Chris Chelios; 1,651; 948; Elected in 2013

Scott Stevens; 1,635; 908; Elected in 2007

Larry Murphy; 1,615; 1,216; Elected in 2004

Ray Bourque; 1,612; 1,579; Elected in 2004

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Nicklas Lidstrom; 1,564; 1,142; Eligible in 2015

Phil Housley; 1,495; 1,232; Eligible since 2006

Al MacInnis; 1,416; 1,274; Elected in 2007

Paul Coffey; 1,409; 1,531; Elected in 2004

Larry Robinson; 1,384; 958; Elected in 1995

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Mathieu Schneider; 1,289; 743; Eligible since 2013

Rob Blake; 1,270; 777; Eligible since 2013

Scott Niedermayer; 1,263; 740; Elected in 2013

Brian Leetch; 1,205; 1,028; Elected in 2009