Former Flyer Mark Recchi earns induction into Hockey Hall of Fame

Katrina Barker
June 27, 2017

When he's inducted in November, he will join Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Larry Murphy, Joe Mullen and Bryan Trottier in enshrinement in Toronto.

Mark Recchi is headed to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Drake, who said he was humbled to learn he was in the Hall of Fame, has the most victories of any Canadian college coach during a legendary 28-year career at the University of Alberta that included six University Cup titles. Danielle Goyette and Clare Drake round out this year's honorees.

He won a gold medal with Canada in 2002 and was a two-time victor of the Lady Byng Trophy. Jacobs has owned the Boston Bruins since 1975.

He is the Penguins' director of player development and excused himself from a meeting at the team's practice facility in Cranberry on Monday afternoon when he received the call from the Hall of Fame. "To be honored in the same way as former Flames' governor Harley Hotchkiss is truly humbling". He allegedly grew to be "despised" by players during the latest round of CBA negotiations, and even got a few more licks in against the players with some interviews and pressers when the lockout ended.

Internationally, Selanne helped Finland capture a silver and three bronze medals at the Winter Olympics. He ranks in the top 20 in team history in goals (154) and points (385). "If that's out there and players know that the suspensions are going to be harsher, I hope that they don't (decide to make) those kind of hits".

Taken by Pittsburgh with the No. 67 overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft, Recchi spent 22 seasons in the NHL. With the Ducks, Kariya recorded over 100 points twice (1996 and 1999) and scored 50 goals in 1995-96. Kariya was also the 1997 Hart Trophy runner-up who had a flair for the dramatic, scoring the magical game-tying goal in the 2002 Olympic gold-medal game against the United States, helping Team Canada to gold in Salt Lake City. "Probably, at some point, it played a role and people here really loved that game".

Now working as the Pens' director of player development, Recchi is No. 12 all-time on the National Hockey League scoring list with 1,533 career points.

"I can't thank the selection committee enough for this recognition", Recchi said. Dave taught our Stanley Cup winning team what it meant to sacrifice individual goals to achieve the ultimate team goal, winning the Stanley Cup, and he taught me personally how to be a captain, what it meant to lead others. He has two sons who play competitive hockey. I played my best years of hockey with Paul.

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