Pronger highlights Hall class
TORONTO – Chris Pronger took more than a few physical liberties with opponents during his playing career.
Intimidation was part of what made the big defenseman a Hockey Hall of Famer.
That's his past. Years later, the bespectacled Pronger now resembles a studious executive as he continues his work in the NHL's department of player safety.
Post-concussion syndrome ended Pronger's career in the fall 2011. He's still under contract through the end of 2016-17 and is on the Arizona Coyotes' roster after the Philadelphia Flyers traded his contract last summer.
Because it has been more than three years since his final game, the Hall of Fame clarified its bylaws to make Pronger eligible in 2015. He went in with fellow defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Phil Housley and Angela Ruggiero, forward Sergei Fedorov and builders Peter Karmanos Jr. and Bill Hay.
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