Former Flyer Mark Recchi Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame
Longtime Flyers winger Mark Recchi was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, joining former linemate and Ellio’s Pizza commercial co-star Eric Lindros in the great Canadian sport’s hallowed hall.
(Bob Clarke just always has to come out on top, doesn’t he?)
While the time Recchi spent winning on rival teams may have tarnished his legacy to less-forgiving Flyer fans, the British Columbia native enjoyed his best statistical seasons in Philadelphia and was a favorite back then all the same. He played in the Flyers’ Winter Classic alumni game in 2012 and is even seen wearing orange and black on the Hall’s website:
Recchi’s 123 points scored in 1992-93 remains the franchise record for most in a single season. He scored 53 goals that year! Mark’s 627 total points (232 goals, 395 assists) place him eighth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list. He won the Bobby Clarke Trophy (team MVP) three times over parts of 10 seasons in Philadelphia and once made triple overtime magic.
It took Recchi three years of rejections before he finally got the call he was waiting for in 2017. Odd considering that Recchi scored the twelfth-most points in NHL history and won three Stanley Cups in three different decades – 1991 with Pittsburgh, 2006 with Carolina and 2011 with Boston – although that does sort of mean that he played forever.
Congratulations to @Markrecchi8, 2017 @HockeyHallFame Inductee!
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— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 26, 2017
Regardless, lets put past wounds to bed and toast the newly minted Hall of Famer Mark Recchi with a slice of Ellio’s pepperoni. He’ll be the thirteenth Flyers player inducted come this November.
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