For three-time Stanley Cup champion Mark Recchi, the induction was overdue. Having played with several clubs and winning with the 2001 Pittsburgh Penguins, the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes, and then, of course, the 2011 Boston Bruins, Recchi waited four years before being inducted. He played 22 seasons in the league and is the 12th-highest scorer in League history with 1,533 points. He is also the oldest player to have scored a goal in a Stanley Cup Final.
Here comes the Finnish Flash. Teemu Selanne, on the other end of the spectrum from Recchi, set records in his rookie years. During his 1992-93 stint with the Winnipeg Jets, Selanne scored 76 goals, setting the rookie record that has yet to be broken. He went on to play 21 seasons in the league before being inducted into the Hall of Fame during his very first year of eligibility.
Tampa Bay saw more recognition today with the induction of Dave Andreychuk, the captain of their 2004 Stanley Cup winning team. With a wait more than double Recchi’s (9 years), Andreychuk was the only retired player with more the 600 goals not in the Hall of Fame.
Paul Kariya, while not a Cup winner, deserves the induction no less than the rest. He was a three-time member of the NHL First All-Star Team. He played with the Anaheim Ducks (then the Mighty Ducks) where he served as captain for seven seasons and even helped them to the Final in 2003 as well as the Nashville Predators, Colorado Avalanche, and St. Louis Blues. He is also a gold medal winner with Team Canada.
Outside of the realm of NHL players, Goyette is a retired women’s hockey player from Canada and two-time gold medal recipient as well as a silver medalist. She also proudly boasts seven gold medals as well as one silver representing Canada at the IIHF World Women’s Championship.
Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs adds to Boston’s representation in the Hall of Fame as well. Having owned the team for 42 years, he also serves on the NHL Board of Governors. He joins as a “builder”.
Lastly, Drake, yet another builder, won six national championships as coach at the University of Alberta in 28 seasons with the team. He also coached Edmonton Oilers and served as the assistant coach of the Winnipeg Jets.
The induction ceremony will take place in Toronto on November 13th of this year.