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Selanne, Kariya Headline 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame Class

Selanne, Kariya Headline 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame Class clyde/via Flickr

Former teammates lead cast of seven that gets call from Hall


The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its class for 2017 on Monday afternoon, and it is a star studded class, led by two former teammates.

Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Dave Anderychuk, and Mark Rechhi were four of the seven people elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday. The other three were female hockey player Danielle Goyette, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, and college hockey coach Clare Drake.


Selanne was an absolute lock to make the hall of fame.

In his 21-year career, the Finnish forward tallied 684 goals and 1,457 points in 1,451 games with four different teams. He is 11th all-time in goals scored and 15th in points. Those numbers are also tops for any Finnish player that has played in the NHL.

Selanne made his mark on the league in his rookie season, in 1992-93, as a member of the Winnipeg Jets. That season, Selanne scored a rookie record 76 goals and 132 points to claim the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.

In 1998-99, Selanne won the inaugural Maurice Richard Trophy, given to the player that leads the NHL in goals. He led the league that season with 47 goals as a member of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. In 2005-06, he won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.

The following season saw Selanne hoist the Stanley Cup for the only time in his career. Despite hinting that would probably be his final season, Selanne went on to play seven more years after the 2006-07 season.

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

The 46-year-old enters the hall of fame in his first year of eligibility. What surely makes this more special for Selanne is who he is going in with.


Kariya and Selanne were linemates on the Mighty Ducks from 1995-96 to 2000-01. The two terrorized opponents during their time together and created one the league’s best scoring duos. While Selanne was known as the goal scorer, Kariya could also put the puck in the net.

In his 15-year career, the Vancouver native tallied 402 goals and 989 points in 989 games with four different teams. Kariya tallied 30 or more goals in seven of his 15 seasons. He also put up 80 or more points six times.

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

One of the fastest players during his time, Kariya was a First-Team All-Star three times during his career. He also won the Lady Byng Trophy twice, given to the league’s most gentlemanly player. He was runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 1997, as well.

While he did not have the joy of raising the Stanley Cup like Selanne, Kariya did reach the Stanley Cup Final. He was captain of the Mighty Ducks team that made a magical run all the way to Game 7 of the Final in 2003.

Not only did Kariya excel at the NHL level, he also did it at the collegiate and international level.

As a freshman at the University of Maine in 1992-93, Kariya tallied 100 points in 39 games and became the first freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player, among other awards. He also led the Black Bears to a national championship that season.

Internationally, Kariya represented Canada at five major tournaments. He won three gold medals and two silver medals.

Kariya enters the hall in his fifth year of eligibility.


Like Kariya, Mark Recchi also had to wait a few years to get his hall of fame call. It was a deserved call, though.

Recchi won the Stanley Cup with three different teams (Pittsburgh, Carolina, Boston) during his 22-year career. While he wasn’t as flashy as Selanne or Kariya, Recchi was a consistent scorer.

In 1,652 career games, Recchi tallied 577 goals and 1,533 points. His point total has him 12th all-time in scoring in NHL history. In 21 of his 22 seasons in the league, Recchi tallied no less than 43 points. He also scored 20 or more goals 15 times.

The 49-year-old enters the hall in his fourth year of eligibility.


While Recchi and Kariya had to wait, neither of them had to wait as long as Dave Anderychuk.

A veteran of 23 NHL seasons, Anderychuk was in his ninth year of eligibility when he got the call from the hall of fame. And like Recchi, it was also a well deserved call.

Anderychuk scored 640 goals and 1,338 points in 1,639 career games with six different teams. His goal total has him 14th all-time in goals scored. He got a good bunch of them battling in front of the net on the man advantage, using his 6’4″, 225-lb frame.

The Hamilton, Ontario native scored an NHL-record 274 goals on the power-play. It is a record that may stand for a while longer, depending on what Alexander Ovechkin says.

Like Recchi, Anderychuk wasn’t a flashy player that won a bunch of individual awards like Selanne and Kariya did. However, he was a consistent player. Anderychuk scored 20 or more goals 19 times during his playing days.

He is also a champion, captaining the Tampa Bay Lightning to their only Stanley Cup victory in 2004.

All seven inductees will be inducted as part of the 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame class on November 13 in Toronto.