Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Dave Andreychuk, and Mark Recchi headline Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Two 600 goalscorers, one 500 goalscorer, and a superstar who’s career was sadly cut short by injury were named to the Hockey Hall of Fame 2017 Class on Monday.
Popular Ducks/Jets forward Teemu Selanne, who owns the record for most goals in a single season by a rookie (76), was the biggest name of the class, earning the nomination in his first year of eligibility. The 2007 Stanley Cup champion scored 684 times during his 21-year career and was one of the most popular players of his era.
“I’m lucky to have played with great people wherever I went in hockey,” Selanne said. “The game is a team effort and I have a long list of those who helped me.”
Two years ago, former Capital Andrew Gordon wrote about his experience playing with Selanne while with the Ducks and explained why he was one of the greatest players ever.
The other players who will be enshrined into the hall include three-time Stanley Cup champion Mark Recchi, 640 goalscorer Dave Andreychuk, and three-time First-Team All Star Paul Kariya. Recchi scored 577 goals and 1,533 points during his 22 seasons in the league while Andreychuk, one of the greatest power-play goalscorers of all-time, captained the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup in 2004.
Player Danielle Goyette and builders Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs are also part of the 2017 Class.