The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its inductees Monday at 3 p.m. on TSN and this will the first year the Ottawa Senators' former captain will be eligible to be voted in by the committee that will meet in Toronto in the morning before making the announcement. Kariya played his first nine years for the Mighty Ducks before a year stint with the Colorado Avalanche and two years with the Nashville Predators before ending his career with three seasons in St. Louis with the Blues. "I think for all his accomplishments in the NHL and internationally, being a gold medalist and being one of the game's best players at a certain time in his career, he definitely meets the criteria to be in the Hockey Hall of Fame".
One year after Eric Lindros got the call to the Hockey Hall of Fame, another former Flyers forward is joining.
UMaine coach Red Gendron, an assistant under the late Shawn Walsh that season, recalled that longtime Black Bears assistant Grant Standbrook was a big reason why the Bears landed Kariya.
The Bruins made the playoffs in the first 21 years that Jacobs owned the team, with two Stanley Cup Final appearances.
Like Kariya, Mark Recchi also had to wait a few years to get his hall of fame call. He had 989 points in 989 games. He also won the Lady Byng Trophy twice, given to the league's most gentlemanly player.
Recchi started his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1988-1992, winning the Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1991.
Selanne's 132 points, meanwhile, trailed only Gretzky (137) for tops in one season by a rookie.
Many argue that Andreychuk scored that many goals only because he played so long.
After a season in the IHL, Mark Recchi joined the Pittsburgh Penguins full-time in 1989 and began the fourth longest regular season National Hockey League career in history, playing in 1,652 games.
Goyette netted the lone goal for Team Canada in the inaugural 1998 gold-medal game in Nagano.
Anderychuk scored 640 goals and 1,338 points in 1,639 career games with six different teams.
A five-time NHL All-Star, Kariya was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy (Most Valuable Player) in 1997 and was a two-time Lady Byng (sportsmanship) Award victor. He was a healthy scratch for much of his time here and sat out the end of the season with a knee injury that required surgery.