The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced that former Flyer Mark Recchi will be a member of the 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame induction class.
Recchi is one of five individuals in the player category who will be officially enshrined at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Toronto on Monday, November 13. (Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya, Dave Andreychuk & Danielle Goyette). Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs join the class of 2017 in the builders category.
Recchi served two tours of duty with the Flyers, over which time he collected 232 goals and 395 assists for 627 points in 602 games to rank eighth on the Flyers' all-time scoring list.
He was originally acquired from Pittsburgh on February 19, 1992 with Brian Benning and Los Angeles' 1st round choice in the 1992 Entry Draft in exchange for Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and a third-round pick in the 1993 Entry Draft.
Recchi recorded 27 points in 22 games for the rest of the season following the trade, and then proceeded to put together consecutive 100-point seasons - a 123-point campaign in 1992-93 and a 107-point season in 1993-94.
They were just the sixth and seventh 100-point seasons in Flyers history, and Recchi joined Bobby Clarke as both the only Flyers to post multiple 100-point seasons and the only ones to do it in consecutive seasons. His 123 points in 92-93 still hold as the most points in a single season by any player in franchise history.
Recchi also scored 53 goals in 1992-93, which was the ninth 50-goal season in Flyers history and made him just one of five Flyers at the time (now six) to do so.
On February 9, 1995, Recchi was traded to Montreal with a 1995 third-round pick for Eric Desjardins, Gilbert Dionne and John LeClair. He was then re-acquired from the Canadiens four years later, on March 10, 1999 for Dainius Zubrus and two draft picks.
Recchi spent the next five seasons with the Flyers, helping them reach the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000 and 2004. A durable player, Recchi never played fewer than 69 games in any of his seven full seasons with the Flyers. He played every game in four of those seven seasons, and in two others only missed two and three games.
Recchi is a three-time recipient of the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the Flyers' season MVP - 1992-93, 1999-2000 and 2003-04. He also was named to the NHL second all-star team in 1991-92 and represented the Flyers at the NHL All-Star Game on three occasions.
Over the course of his 22-year NHL career, Recchi played for seven clubs (Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Atlanta Thrashers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins), winning the Stanley Cup three times (1991 - Pittsburgh; 2006 - Carolina; 2011 - Boston). He amassed 577 goals and 956 assists for 1,533 points in 1,652 career games.
Recchi becomes the 13th person to be inducted into the Player category after spending a portion of his career playing for the Flyers.