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Kariya, Selanne Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Speeches

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

Ducks legends Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne were among the seven people inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, including former NHL forwards Dave Andreychuk and Mark Recchi. Others elected were Danielle Goyette, a retired Canadian women's ice hockey player, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and college hockey coach Clare Drake. Jacobs and Drake were each elected as builders.

Below are HHOF speeches from Kariya and Selanne, as well as career numbers and accomplishments.

Video: Paul Kariya earns Hockey Hall of Fame honor

Selected by Anaheim in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1993 NHL Draft, Kariya scored 669 points (300g/369a) with a +52 rating and 213 penalty minutes in 606 career games with the Mighty Ducks. Among franchise leaders, Kariya leads in points-per-game (1.10), ranks second in power-play goals (107), third in goals and fourth in assists and points. A two-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner in 1996 and 1997, he went on to lead Anaheim to Game 7 of the 2003 Stanley Cup Final against New Jersey, recorded 100-point seasons in 1995-96 and 1998-98 and recorded a 50-goal season in 1995-96.

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Over a 15-year NHL career, Kariya collected 989 points (402g/587a) with a +31 rating and 399 penalty minutes in 989 games with Anaheim, Colorado, Nashville and St. Louis. Kariya was named to the NHL's First All-Star Team three times (1996, 1997, 1999) and Second All-Star Team two times (2000, 2003), while also earning a spot on the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 1995. At the international level, Kariya represented Canada at the Olympic Winter Games in 2002 (gold) and 1994 (silver), World Championships in 1996 (silver) and 1994 (gold) and World Junior Championship in 1993 (gold).

Highlights from Kariya's Speech

"For the rest of my career," Kariya said, "I would spend countless hours with my eyes closed, visualizing in my mind being Wayne Gretzky, coming behind the net, setting up Jari Kurri in the slot, or going across the top of the circles like Brett Hull, one-timing a no-look, backhand pass from Adam Oates."

"As I walk through this Hall, and as I look out into the audience tonight, I am reminded how many Hall of Famers influenced the way I tried to play or took me under their wings and taught me what it takes to be a professional on and off the ice. So, thank you to the members of the Hockey Hall of Fame for the inspiration and guidance you gave me."

"Steve Rucchin, who was my center for nine seasons, thank you for doing all the things I couldn't do on the ice, by forechecking, backchecking, going into the corners or playing defense, just to name a few," Kariya said. "And Teemu, I simply would not be standing here tonight if I didn't get the chance to play with you. We will always be brothers, in this life and the next."

Video: Teemu Selanne welcomed into Hockey Hall of Fame

Selanne finished his Ducks career as the franchise's all-time leader in almost every offensive category, including goals (457), points (988), games (966), power-play goals (182), game-winning goals (77) and shots (2,964). Selanne helped lead Anaheim to California's first Stanley Cup championship in 2007, was named the inaugural Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner in 1998-99 and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2005-06, all as a member of the Ducks.

Among all-time NHL leaders, Selanne ranks in the top-15 in goals (11th with 684), points (15th with 1,457), power-play goals (third with 255), and game-winning goals (tied for fourth with 110). In 22 NHL seasons, Selanne recorded 22 regular season hat tricks (13 with Anaheim, plus one playoff hat trick with Winnipeg). As a member of the Jets, he won the 1992-93 Calder Memorial Trophy after breaking the single-season rookie record for goals with 76, shattering Mike Bossy's previous record of 53. A 10-time NHL All-Star, Selanne was also a two-time First Team All-Star, a two-time Second Team All-Star (1997-98, 1998-99) and also named to the 1992-93 NHL All-Rookie Team.

Selanne was a six-time Olympian for Team Finland, tying the record for the most appearances by a men's hockey player. He won a medal in four of his six trips to the Olympic Winter Games, matching the all-time Olympic record. Named the 2014 Olympic MVP, a 2014 and 2006 Olympic All-Star, and the Best Forward at the 2006 Olympic Games, Selanne holds the record for the most points by an Olympian in men's hockey with 43 points (24g/19a).

Highlight's from Selanne's Speech

"I asked Paul if he would do the speech, but he said I had to do it," he said. "So let's try it."

"My goal was to play in the top league in Finland, and my dream was playing in the national team, and my fantasy was the NHL," he said. "The NHL felt like too far. I didn't believe I'm going to ever make it, but all those things happened very, very fast. And obviously, there are so many people who have helped so much for this journey to make this possible."

"There's one guy I always want to thank," he said. "It's this guy, Paul Kariya. Honestly, for me, by far the best player I have ever played [with]. I have learned so much from you."

"Everything you have done for me, I'm so proud," he said. "Thank you so much."

 

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