An NHL source has confirmed to Murphy’s Hockey Law that four-time Stanley Cup Champion Mark Recchi could finally be inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame next fall. The 2017 inductees are set to be announced in late June and according to this source, after being passed over in his first two years of eligibility, there is a growing sense amongst those that vote and current hall of famers, this could be the year for the player who was affectionately known by teammates as the ‘Wrecking Ball’.
“There’s a real strong push right now to put him where he belongs,” the source said. “It’s been a crime that this player didn’t go in yet and I think the voters realize that now.”
Many have wondered how Recchi’s résumé hasn’t helped those voters realize the Kamloops, British Columbia native has more than enough credentials to have his likeness enshrined in the Hall Of Fame in Toronto. Recchi amassed 1,533 points in 1,652 games, putting him 12th all time in points He’s also 20th in goals (577), 15th in assists (956) and fourth in games played (1,652). He is one of only eleven players to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams (Boston, Carolina and Pittsburgh) and in three different decades (1991, 2006 and 2011).
As colleague Scott Burnside pointed out in this column following the announcement of last year’s inductees, Recchi’s consistency was simply unmatched by those inductees with Recchi even being a key cog in the Boston Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup run. It was in that Stanley Cup final against Vancouver that Recchi became the oldest player to score a Stanley Cup Finals goal on June 6, 2011, at 43 years, 126 days. He also became the third oldest player to win the Stanley Cup behind Chris Chelios (46) and Lester Patrick (44).
Personally speaking, I had the pleasure of covering Recchi during his time in Boston and on that 2011 Cup run. I’ll never forget when on the eve of Game 7 in Vancouver, he text me and gave me the scoop that win or lose, he would retire after the game. He held true to his word and after the game announced it again in a memorable interview with Pierre McGuire on the NBC Sports broadcast of the game.
There’s no doubt Recchi would have my vote but let’s hope the Hockey Hall of Fame committee gets it right and a third time is truly the charm!