Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Recchi, 6 Others Get Hall of Fame Ticket

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Recchi, 6 Others Get Hall of Fame Ticket

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For someone who played 1,652 NHL games - fifth-most all time - Mark Recchi celebrated his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame pretty much how you would expect.

By getting back to work.

Recchi was in a meeting Monday when Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald called to tell the winger from Kamloops, British Columbia, that he was one of seven picks for the Class of 2017.

After accidentally interrupting McDonald by saying, "No way," Recchi was audibly floored by the news.

"It's a tremendous honor," Recchi said. "You hope [what you did] is good enough at some point, whether it was now or a couple years from now or whatever. That's the ultimate prize, and it's an amazing feeling."

The ultimate prize didn't come without a wait. Despite ranking 12th all time in points with 1,533, Recchi had been turned down each of the past three seasons. Before Monday, Recchi was the only NHL player with 500 goals and 1,500 points who was not in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"To get that call [Monday] from Lanny, it was incredible," Recchi said. "It was an unbelievable honor. I can't believe how excited I am about this."

Joining Recchi will be Dave Andreychuk, Danielle Goyette, Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Clare Drake and Jeremy Jacobs. The induction ceremony will be Nov. 13 in Toronto.

The Penguins, who do not play that night, drafted Recchi in the fourth round (67th overall) in the 1988 NHL Draft. He joined the front office in 2014 and currently works as director of player development.

Recchi is the 16th player or builder with ties to the Penguins organization to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"It's absolutely incredible and humbling," Recchi said of joining former teammates such as Mario Lemieux, Paul Coffey and Bryan Trottier. "They're all great friends. To be in there with them, to play with them and now to join them in this . …

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