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2017 Hockey Hall of Fame Class Announced

On Monday at 3 p.m., the 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame Class was announced, including four NHL players, a Canadian women’s hockey great, and two builders. Teemu Selanne, Mark Recchi, Dave Andreychuk, and Paul Kariya highlighted the NHL newcomers, Danielle Goyette represented Canada’s women on the national stage, and the builders included Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.

2017 Hockey Hall of Fame Class Announced

Selanne earned a spot on the NHL’s list of their 100 greatest players this past January. He scored 684 goals and 1457 points in 1451 games played during his career, bursting onto the NHL scene with a supernova on the Winnipeg Jets scoring 72 goals and 132 points in his rookie year, NHL rookie records. He went on to score 40-plus goals six more times and tally 80-plus points eight more times en route to a 21-season career playing 15 of them with the Anaheim Ducks. His #8 is the only number in Ducks history to be retired and he lead the team to its only Stanley Cup in 2007. He would also play for the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks.

Recchi scored 577 goals and 1533 points in 1652 contests, winning three Stanley Cups with three different teams (Pittsburgh, Carolina, Boston). He retired in 2011 as a Champion with the Bruins. The now-49-year old scored 30-plus goals seven times and 75-plus points nine times, including three 100-point years in the early 1990s. As a 22-year old in 1990-91 in his first full postseason, he scored ten goals and 34 points in 24 games, second to Mario Lemieux. In his 22-season career, in addition to the aforementioned three teams before, Recchi suited up for the Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Montreal Canadiens.

Andreychuk scored 640 goals and added 1338 points in 1639 games. He scored 25-plus goals 13 times, highlighted by back-to-back 50-goal seasons from 1992-94. Though he never had a centennial-point campaign, he did put up six 80-plus point campaigns. He captured a Stanley Cup in his 22nd season with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 as their captain. He played the majority of hi career with the Buffalo Sabres playing 12 seasons for them, and the rest for the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and Colorado Avalanche.

Kariya had his career cut short at 35 due to post-concussion symptoms. In total, he scored 402 goals and 989 points in 989 career games. The now-42-year old scored 30-plus goals seven times and 75-plus points also seven times. He nearly won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with the then-Mighty Ducks only to be turned away in Game 7 by the New Jersey Devils. He was a five-time all-star and represented Canada at the Olympics twice winning Gold in 2002. Kariya played for the Ducks, Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues.

Goyette was a supreme player for Canada in Olympic and World Championship play, scoring 15 goals and 25 points in 16 Olympic contests along with 37 goals and 68 points in 45 World Championship contests. She won two Olympic Golds and seven World Championship Golds. Goyette has been the head coach at the University of Calgary since her playing career ended in 2007 for Canada’s women’s hockey team. She’s had three 20-win seasons including two 30-win campaigns in 2011-12 and 2012-13. The 51-year old is considered one of the pioneers of the growth in women’s hockey. She played three in World Championships before the 1998 Nagano Olympics, the first to include women’s hockey.

Drake and Jacobs were inducted as part of the builders category. The former is regarded as a legend at the University of Alberta, serving as their head coach for nearly 30 seasons. He compiled a 697-296-37 record, winning six national titles. Jacobs has served as Owner of the Boston Bruins for 42 seasons and is the sixth Bruin builder to be inducted.

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