Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Selanne, Kariya headline Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2017

Selanne, Kariya headline Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2017

Selanne takes his place in the Hall on his first year of eligibility. He is 11th all-time in goals scored and 15th in points. That was also the only season he recorded 90 or more points. Recchi won the Cup three times and is 12th in scoring, and Andreychuk won it once and is 29th.

At the time of his retirment, Selanne held nearly every offensive record for the Ducks.

Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, in a release.

Of the group, the "Finnish Flash" (Selanne) was the sure-fire selection.

Kariya and Selanne were linemates on the Mighty Ducks from 1995-96 to 2000-01. Only Howe and Jaromir Jagr scored more goals or points in the National Hockey League past the age of 40 than Selanne, who finally retired at age 43.

Unfortunately, the cumulative effects of multiple concussions prevented those numbers from being better and forcing his retirement in 2011.

What is most incredible about that production is that Kariya only played in 395 out of 492 games due to injury, while Selanne only played in 382 after being acquired in a mid-season trade in 1995 and then traded during the 2001 season. "Probably, at some point, it played a role and people here really loved that game". He was runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 1997, as well.

The Stanley Cup eluded former Devils forward Dave Andreychuk for over two decades.

In January 2015, Selanne became the first player in Ducks history to have his jersey retired. He coached the Golden Bears to six University Cup championships.

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Internationally, Kariya represented Canada at five major tournaments.

Goyette won two Olympic gold medals and one silver medal for Canada and had 113 goals and 105 assists in 171 worldwide games. Others still waiting to get in include Jeremy Roenick, Mark Recchi, Alexander Mogilny, Paul Kariya and Theo Fleury. It was a deserved call, though.

Recchi won three Stanley Cups during his career ('91 Pittsburgh, '06 Carolina, '11 Boston). He ranks in the top 20 in team history in goals.

Andreychuk, 53, earned an induction in his ninth year of eligibility. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved". And like Recchi, it was also a well deserved call. His goal total has him 14th all-time in goals scored. It is a record that may stand for a while longer, depending on what Alexander Ovechkin says.

A five-time NHL All-Star, Kariya was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player) in 1997 and was a two-time Lady Byng (sportsmanship) Award victor. However, he was a consistent player.

Recchi's time with the Flyers ended after the 2003-04 season.

Andreychuk led Tampa Bay to the franchise's first championship in 2004.

"Without a doubt, Daniel should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame", Senators GM Pierre Dorion said.

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