The EURO League Hall of Fame was established at the beginning of Season 5 in an existing building that stretches the length of Strobelgasse Street, between Schulerstrasse and Wollzeile, in Vienna, Austria. Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.
Hall of Fame Members
Nicklas Lidstrom – After a stellar career in the NHL where he made countless fans across North America, Lidstrom led the Generals to a championship in the league’s first year. That season, the 41-year-old defenseman logged 26 minutes per game and scored 13 goals and 45 points in 72 games. He blocked 107 shots and his +23 defensive play and on-ice leadership translated into team wins on a regular basis. League GMs voted him into the first all-star game held in the EURO League and in the Generals’ successful playoff run, he scored 13 points in 20 games and had twice as many takeaways as giveaways. His most memorable goal came in Game 2 of Geneva’s conference finals playoff series against Munich when Lidstrom’s slapshot beat Jonathan Quick in the 112th minute of a triple overtime game to give Geneva a 2-0 lead in the series. The next season was the last for the legendary Swede. He ended his career with 35 points in 63 regular season games and 8 points in 12 playoff games.
Teemu Selanne – The right wing from Finland was known as one of the best goal scorers in NHL history and was always regarded as a gentleman and good ambassador for the sport. In the EURO League, he was a teammate of Lidstrom’s on Geneva’s Cup champion team, scoring 24 goals and 69 points as a 41-year-old. Like Lidstrom, he was a +23 player that season. In the playoffs, he was also a +23, but in only 21 games. He scored 26 points in those 21 games, including 11 goals, and he was a driving force for the team. Selanne and Lidstrom formed a strong and obviously effective leadership team. In the Northern Conference Finals, against Munich, it was Selanne’s goal with 1:40 remaining in Game 6 that pushed Geneva into the finals against Copenhagen. Selanne took a pass from Mike Fisher, slipped past Munich defenseman Mike Commodore, and snapped a wrist shot to beat Jonathan Quick on the blocker side. The next season, Selanne opted to play for Gothenburg and his final season was marked by 61 points in 80 games as a 42-year-old.
Zdeno Chara – After playing in New York, Ottawa and Boston in the NHL, Chara went home to play in the EURO League with Bratislava in his native Slovakia. He was immediately named captain of the Eagles, a title he held for four seasons until his retirement at age 38. Chara used his immense size and 6-9 height to its fullest advantage, making it as difficult as possible for opposing forwards to get to goalie Craig Anderson and the other Bratislava goalies. Chara recorded between 230 and 248 hits and between 85 and 95 shot blocks every year of his career. When he retired, he ranked 5th all-time in hits and he was in the top 10 all-time in terms of defenseman goals and points. He was voted in as a starter for the first two all-star games and his best season came in Season 2 when he scored 67 points and won the league’s Best Defenseman Trophy. In his final season, at age 37, Chara scored 11 goals and 39 points and he placed 7th in the league – 3rd among defensemen – in plus-minus with a +39 rating.
Chuck Massaro – Massaro was a surprise inductee to the Hall, being voted in by other league GMs via a Websim story published on April 15, 2015. One of the founding members of the league and its only commissioner to date, Massaro initiated some features that most other Websim leagues do not have, such as a blog covering league events, an annual all-star game, a draft guide and the Hall of Fame.