Selanne, Kariya, Goyette among those elected to Hockey Hall of Fame
Jun 27 2017
Kariya and Selanne are joined in the Class of 2017 by left wing Mark Recchi, who played for seven teams over the course of the fourth-longest career in National Hockey League history, and forward Dave Andreychuk, another longtime player who was the last retired player with more than 600 career goals not in the Hall.
Selanne was elected in his first year of eligibility after putting up 1,457 points.
Kariya, long-time teammates with Selanne with the Anaheim Ducks, played 989 games, scored 402 goals and had 989 points in his career.
Forward Mark Recchi, who won a Stanley Cup with the Bruins in 2011 to end his 22-year career, is also part of the 2017 Hall of Fame class. Recchi, on the other hand, sits well within that category; with 1,533 points and three Stanley Cups, the former Pittsburgh Penguins great is now 12th all-time.
Paul Kariya was the fourth overall selection by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the 1993 Entry Draft and went on to play nine seasons with the organization. And Kariya's trophy haul was far less impressive-he never won a Stanley Cup, even though he'd helped the team reach the finals in 2003 (Selanne left the Ducks in 2001, but he returned to the team after Kariya left, leading to his Cup win with Anaheim in 2007).
In January 2015, Selanne became the first player in Ducks history to have his jersey retired.
The Sabres took Andreychuk in the first round of the 1982 NHL Draft. He was a point-per-game player through 989 games, much of it during the trap years. He battled every day no matter what, showing a love for the game that we all envied, sacrificing more than any of us to achieve team success.
"Just to be one of this group is an honour", says Goyette, "and I just found out Monday I'm the first female Quebec player inducted".
Selanne, known as the "Finnish Flash" was one of the N-H-L's greatest goal-scorers and arguably the finest player ever from Finland.
But it was Osgood who some analysts felt had a good opportunity to finally get the congratulatory phone call from the Hall. A member of Team Canada at two Olympic Games, Kariya won gold and silver medals. "As chairman of our board of governors for the past decade, his priority has been to serve our fans and to make sure our league and its teams are strong".