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Monday, June 26, 2017

Mark Recchi Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

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It seems the hockey world can't get enough of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Just a few short weeks after the winning their fifth Stanley Cup, the Penguins Organization will again be front and center as it was announced Monday, June 26, that current director of player development, Mark Recchi, will be inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Recchi was drafted by the Penguins in 1988 and would play for the team a total of seven seasons over three separate occasions. His dynamic and high energy playing style, along with his no-fear attitude and ability to make a heavy hit, made him a key element to the Penguins success in the early 1990s.

Recchi, aptly nicknamed The Wrecking Ball, won three Stanley Cup Championships over his playing career: with Pittsburgh in 1991 in which he was the leading scorer with 113 points, then again with Carolina in 2006 and Boston in 2011. Recchi also made pit stops in Montreal, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Tampa Bay before retiring with the Boston Bruins after their 2011 Stanley Cup victory. He joined the Penguins' front office 2014 and was promoted to his current position within the club earlier in June 2017.

Recchi sits 12th all-time on the NHL scoring list with 1,533 career points. He also sits fifth in games played (1,652) and 20th in goals (577). These stats make Recchi the only former player not previously elected to the HOF to hold at least 500 career goals and 1,500 points.

Joining Recchi in the inductee class are Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Clare Drake, and Jeremy Jacobs. The 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Toronto on November 13, 2017.

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