Hockey Hall of Fame Selects Seven

Posted June 27, 2017

He's the first player of Japanese ancestry to make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"It's an awesome feeling ...", Selanne told TSN.

Selanne will be joined by Kariya, a former teammate, and dynamic impact player.

A five-time NHL All-Star, Kariya was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player) in 1997 and was a two-time Lady Byng (sportsmanship) Award victor.

Selanne made his mark on the league in his rookie season, in 1992-93, as a member of the Winnipeg Jets.

Kariya, who registered 25 goals and 75 assists in only 39 games that season, went on to win the Hobey Baker Award presented to the top player in college hockey.

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Jacobs, the chairman of the NHL's Board of Governors since 2007, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a "builder".

Kariya, who spent part of his career as a team mate of Selanne's in Anaheim, scored 402 goals and had 989 points in 989 games in a career that was cut short by concussions. Kariya helped lead his native Canada to gold at the 2002 Olympic Games and a silver medal in 1994, while also securing gold medals at the 1993 World Championships and the 1993 World Junior Championships. Recchi, though, played more seasons with a variety of clubs like the Pittsburgh Penguins (two stints), Philadelphia Flyers (two stints), Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins.

For his career, Kariya was the definition of a point-per-game player finishing with 989 points in 989 career games over 15 seasons. The 51-year-old Quebec native notched 113 goals and 105 assists in 171 worldwide contests, claiming two Olympic gold medals, one silver and seven gold medals on the World Championship stage. He ranks fourth all-time in National Hockey League wins (454) and sixth in games played (943), along with 51 shutouts and seven 30-plus win seasons.

"When I was a little boy growing up here in Finland, if somebody would've told me I would be in the Hockey Hall of Fame one day, it would be really, really hard to believe that".

Andreychuk played 23 seasons, scoring 640 goals and 1,338 points in 1,639 games and capped his career by winning a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Drake, 88, coached the University of Alberta to six University Cup championships during his 28-year run behind the bench. Jacobs is the owner of the Boston Bruins. Jacobs also won the 2015 Lester Patrick for his contributions to hockey in the United States. "As a Canadian university hockey coach this honor is truly special".