That 42-year run as the owner of the Bruins is nearing historic levels in the great scope of Boston sports, too, as he's just one year away from matching former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey's 43-year run of owning Boston's crown jewel of sports. Almost 5,800 games played.
Kariya (left) and Selanne.
"We can fly together and maybe you can pick up the tab for the private plane", Selanne said, laughing. He posted a total of 71 over the next three seasons in Winnipeg, as obstruction took hold and one season was halved by a lockout.
Still, it's clear he wonders how his remarkable career would have looked like without all the head injuries. "The chemistry was magical".
Two B.C. born and bred players are receiving hockey's highest honour: they're going to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Selanne joins Jari Kurri as just the second Finnish born player ever inducted.
"Something I never thought in a million years that I'd achieve", he said. The selection is a big deal for Recchi, as he was the only retired NHL player with at least 500 goals and 1,500 points to not have been selected for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Selanne scored 514 points in 455 games; Kariya had 528 in 395. He finished in the top seven in league scoring on four different occasions.
The 10th overall pick in an 1988 draft topped by Mike Modano, Selanne started carving that path nearly from the minute he stepped onto the ice for the Winnipeg Jets in 1992 - just under five minutes to be precise, when he registered an assist in his very first game on a goal from Keith Tkachuk.
"You can only do so much, and you've got to let your numbers and your play dictate where it gets you", Recchi said. "I didn't retire willingly". "I did what I could on the ice and if it was good enough, it was good enough". There are no fences to be mended.
"I am truly humbled to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame", Drake said. "I'd still like to see more done in terms of how long the suspensions are and the severity of the suspensions". I am still a fan of the game.
Added Kariya: "If I didn't get the opportunity to play with him, I wouldn't be in the Hall of Fame so I'm very thankful". Other than LeClair, Kariya was the only one prior to Monday, considering some active players as locks (like Jaromir Jagr, Erik Karlsson, Jarome Iginla and Patrick Kane). The first phone call he made was to his parents back in Hamilton, Ont.
Dave Andreychuk's wait is over.
The 5-foot-10 Recchi tallied 577 goals and 956 assists throughout his illustrious career, putting him 12th on the all-time National Hockey League scoring list. And like Recchi, it was also a well deserved call. He is 11th all-time in goals scored and 15th in points.
"It's an incredible feeling and the icing on the cake after 22 years of playing the game", Recchi said. Kariya last played in 2009-10 with the St. Louis Blues, finishing his hockey career at 35 years old due to concussions. He has received the Order of Hockey in Canada. Drake has the most victories of any Canadian college coach and has influenced the likes of Mike Babcock, Ken Hitchcock and Barry Trotz.
Daniel Alfredsson is another first-ballot contender.