Congratulations to Mark Recchi!
It was announced today that the former Penguin was selected to this year's class of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He won three Stanley Cups (with three different teams, including the Penguins' first Cup in 1991).
Recchi played 22 years in the NHL, ranking fifth in games played (1,652), 12th all-time in points (1,533) and 20th in goals (577) in the history of the league.
I was in the arena when he scored his 500th goal against Dallas in January, 2007. I was there for the NHL All-Star Game, and stayed for the Penguins/Stars game a couple days later at American Airlines Center.
The "Recchin Ball" remains with the Pens organization as Director of Player Development.
Recchi is the 11th Penguins player to be elected to the Hall of Fame, including six of his teammates from the early '90s – Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey, Ron Francis, Larry Murphy, Joe Mullen and Bryan Trottier.
The others named to the HHOF Class of 2017: Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs.