Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Hockey Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees

This year's induction ceremony for the Hockey Hall of Fame will take place on Monday, November 13th in Toronto. Five great hockey players, one coach, and one owner will be inducted at that time.

Danielle Goyette played for Canada for many years on the international circuit. She accumulated many medals during her career: one silver and two gold medals at the Olympics, and seven gold medals at the Women's World Championships. She is delighted with her selection to the Hall. “The Hockey Hall of Fame is where the people I have looked up to all my life are enshrined. It will be an amazing honour for me to be with them.”

Coach Clark Drake won six national championships as head coach with the University of Alberta Golden Bears. He also won a national championship as the school's football coach.

Jeremy Jacobs purchased the Boston Bruins in 1975. He became the chairman of the board of governors of the NHL in 2007. In 2015, he won the Lester Patrick Award for service to hockey in the United States.

Lanny McDonald is the Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame. John Davidson is the Chairman of the Selection Committee. Their announcement on Monday is always controversial; nonetheless, they did announce the names of four other great players who are recognized as superstars, and are now Hall of Famers.

Paul Kariya played most of his career with the Anaheim Might Ducks. He also had stints with Colorado, Nashville and St. Louis. He is generally listed at 5' 10”, but was a brilliant playmaker. He played 989 regular season games in the NHL, and recorded exactly 989 points, with 402 goals. His career was cut short by the number of concussions he received, and the effects of those concussions.

Kariya noted: “ I have to thank all of the countless people in my life who helped me get here.” His father was Japanese-Canadian, and was born in an internment camp in British Columbia during the Second World War. Kariya added, “My parents sacrificed so that I could play the game.”

The other three male inductees played considerably more games than did Kariya: Dave Andreychuk-1639 games, Mark Recchi-1652 games, and Teemu Selanne-1451 games.

Andreychuk was a towering forward who used his size to his advantage. At 6' 4', he took up a lot of room in front of the opposition's net. He netted 640 goals in his career, burning out a few red lights.

Recchi notched 677 goals in his days in the NHL, after being drafted in the 4th round in1988. He began his career with the Penguins, then moved to the Flyers in 1991. He also spent time with the Canadiens, the Hurricanes, the Thrashers the Lightning and the Bruins.

Teeme Selanne, the “Finnish Flash” burst onto the NHL scene in 1991, scoring 76 goals in his rookie season with the Winnipeg Jets. He spent several years with the Ducks, three seasons with the Sharks, and one year with Colorado. His ended his career with 684 goals.

Great careers, now recognized by the Hall of Fame! Congratulations, one and all.

James Hurst
June 27, 2017,

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