Former Flyer Mark Recchi elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

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What can you say about the illustrious career of forward Mark Recchi that hasn’t already been stated?

Begins his career in Pittsburgh and wins a Stanley Cup in his third year.

Gets traded to the Flyers for Rick Tocchet and proceeds to play in Philadelphia for a few years.

Goes to Montreal, comes back to the Flyers and twice has long playoff runs in orange and black before heading to Carolina where he’s a pivotal player for Peter Laviolette’s Cup-winning Hurricanes.

Finally, he finishes off his career in Boston where he wins his third Cup, ironically, the year after his Bruins blew a 3-0 series lead to Laviolette’s Flyers in the playoffs.

Only seven players have ever won three Stanley Cups with three different teams.

Recchi’s longevity, desire and ability to play at a consistently high level wherever he went is a major reason why he was selected Monday into the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame class.

He will be joined by former Flyers teammate Eric Lindros, who was also selected.

The stocky, 5-foot-10, 195-pound right wing from Kamloops, British Columbia played 1,652 NHL games, scored 577 goals and amassed 1,533 points during a brilliant 22-year career.

“When Mark Recchi walked into a dressing room, I knew as a teammate, I was getting a highly competitive, high-character, extremely generous and passionate person,” said Tocchet, who picked up his second Stanley Cup recently as an assistant coach with Mike Sullivan’s Penguins.

Tocchet and Recchi were Flyers teammates for three seasons.

Recchi spent a total of 10 years in Flyers orange and black where he was a point-a-game player – 627 points in 602 games.

“Mark was a great team guy and displayed leadership,” said another former teammate, Craig Berube. “A very good passer with the puck and very smart on the ice.”

Recchi, now 48 years old, averaged nearly 20 minutes per night in ice time during his entire career, too.

“His leadership was valuable to the teams he won Stanley Cups with,” said Penguins GM Jim Rutherford, who traded for Recchi at the deadline in Carolina in 2006.

“Mark played well both on offense and defense in all situations.”

His selection completes a perfect legacy – an impact player wherever he went and one who won multiple Stanley Cups.

“A real champion,” Rutherford said.

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