Mark Recchi = NHL Hall Of Famer
For someone who played 1,652 NHL games — fifth-most all-time — Mark Recchi celebrated his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame pretty much how you’d expect.
By getting back to work.
Recchi was in a meeting Monday when Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald called to tell the winger from Kamloops, British Columbia, that he was one of seven picks for the Class of 2017.
After accidentally interrupting McDonald by saying, “No way,” Recchi was audibly floored by the news.
The ultimate prize didn’t come without a wait for Recchi. Despite ranking 12th all-time in points with 1,533, Recchi had been turned down each of the past three seasons.
Before Monday, Recchi was the only NHL player with 500 goals and 1,500 points who was not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
“To get that call [Monday] from Lanny, it was incredible,” Recchi said. “It was an unbelievable honor. I can’t believe how excited I am about this.”
Joining Recchi will be Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.
The induction ceremony will be Monday, Nov. 13 in Toronto.
Oh yeah. First hockey shirt I ever bought was the Recchin' Ball's jersey number in 2007 way back when I was a bright-eyed bushy-tailed novice of a Penguins fan. I had a whole bunch of nothing to base my choice on except that he was well past his thirties (see my Shane Doan article), not in his prime and had a name that ended in a vowel, all major factors when I choose athletic fandom.
And I'm not going to act like I'm some hockey scholar writing out stats and numbers (go to Fox Sports for all that written content - ohh nevermind, they laid everyone of value off, those digital dopes), but I will say he's most likely on my Penguins' Mt. Rushmore as far as putting me back into hockey fold.
Actually, he (along with John LeClair, Georges LaRaque and Jarrko Ruutu) stood as a benchmark right before the Pens made the huge spin-a-rama back into competitive noteworthiness during the 2006-07 season. Say what you will about that, but at 38 years old, I'd say he played pretty respectable for his one-year deal (again, no hockey scholar here), and I'm sure Sid garnered a bit of knowledge from playing with the salty vet.
Also how in the Colonel Mustard didn't I know a person like Lanny McDonald existed? Dude is straight outta Clue in the library with the candlestick:
Anywhoo, congrats to the Recchin' Ball.