(Pictured above: Teemu Selanne, and the Hockey hall of fame in Toronto, ON)
This year’s inductions into the hall of fame, like always, is a remarkable group of Hockey’s elite. Leading these is retired, now owner of restaurant ‘Selanne’s’; Teemu Selanne. The Finnish star started his 21-year career with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992, scoring a remarkable NHL record of 76 goals in his rookie season! Selanne then went on to spend the majority of his career with the Anaheim Ducks, eventually retiring in 2014.
It is of no surprise that Selanne tops this years list, with 2017 being the first year he is eligible for entry, it was an obvious choice. With 1,451 NHL career games and 684 goals, Selanne is now the second Finnish NHL player to be inducted into the HHOF. Selanne stated that the best part of his retired life now is the freedom of his schedule, and with his new restaurant we have no doubts he is enjoying his time off of the Ice enjoying the game with a cold one on the side.
Lifetime NHL teammate of Selanne, Kariya will be joining the ranks of hockey’s greatest.
Kariya retired in 2010 after a total of 989 NHL career games and 402 goals within his 16 year NHL career.
Sadly his career was cut short during his time at the St.Louis Blues due to multiple concussions. This years pick was sadly not Kariya’s first, but instead his fourth. But what a better entry then with friend and teammate Selanne!
Aside from late picks and injury, Kariya in his retired life is reportedly enjoying the surfing life in California swapping the Ice for the cool Cali water.
Here we have another great addition to the HHOF, one that is well deserved, and frankly overdue.
Andreychuk, in his 24-year NHL career played 1,639 games, scored 640 goals, and had 1,338 points! An incredible feat for the Canadian left-winger.
Not to mention the fact that he went out the way every professional hockey player dreams. Holding a Stanley Cup trophy in 2006 with Tampa Bay Lightning.
This mans time has finally come, similar to every other player with over 600 goals already in the HHOF, there is no reason why it should have taken this long to get himself in.
Andreychuk in his retirement set up the ‘Dave Andreychuk Foundation’. The charity has two branches, one in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, and the other in Tampa, Florida. The charity supports children and youth in need and with chronic illness, as well as investing in youth and amateur sports.
This man, like his fellow inductees, is one of both great stature and ability, being a member of three Stanley Cup winning teams. Recchi helped the 1991 Pittsburgh Penguins, the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes, and the 2011 Boston Bruins to victory. Which, in the latter he became the oldest NHL player to ever score in a Stanley Cup final game.
In his 22-year NHL career, Recchi played 1,652 games, scored 577 goals, and accumulated a mass of 1,533 points! Recchi is also a 3-time winner of the Bobby Clarke trophy as the Philadelphia Flyers’ MVP of the season in 1992, 1999, 2003.
In his retirement, Recchi is a co-owner of the Junior hockey league team the ‘Kamloops Blazers’ with hockey great Shane Doan and Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi. He also recently became the Pittsburgh Penguins director of player development in June this year.
Goyette is a name that should resonate with every Canadian hockey fan. The Quebec born star had a remarkable career with the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team. In her time there she played 171 international career games and scored 113 goals with 105 assists.
In the Canadian gold-winning 1998 game, Goyette scored the first ever goal by a Canadian woman in an Olympic championship match. A historical feat.
Goyette has attained 10 gold medals within her career, two from the Olympics, and eight from the IIHF World Womens Championships. Within the IIHF, Goyette is Canada’s all-time top scored with 29 goals and 53 points from 8 tournaments.
In her retirement Goyette has been the head coach of the University of Calgary Dinos women’s hockey team.
I hope you have enjoyed this article, and watch out for the induction of these great players in November this year!
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