Another former Flyer is now a Hall of Famer, and he’s the kind of athlete Philadelphians love – a hard-working blue-collar guy.
Mark Recchi, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall Monday night in Toronto along with four other ex-players and two executives, played 22 seasons in the NHL, including parts of 10 seasons over two stints with the Flyers. He’s 8th on the team’s all-time scoring list – he averaged more than a point a game with the Orange & Black – and 12th on the NHL scoring list, with 1,533 points. To this day, he holds the Flyers single-season record with 123 points in the 1992-93 season.
You may not remember this, but Recchi was on that Boston Bruins team that lost to the Flyers in the 2010 Eastern Conference Semifinals, when Boston blew a 3-0 series lead and a 3-0 lead in Game 7. Recchi had planned to retire after that season, but decided he didn’t want to go out like that, so he came back for one more year with the Bruins, a season that ended with a third Stanley Cup for Recchi. (His previous two came with the Penguins way back in 1991 and Carolina in 2006.) Recchi scored a goal in the 2011 finals making him, at age 43, the oldest player to ever score a Cup-finals goal.
Speaking recently about his two stints in Philadelphia, the former winger – currently a player-development coach with Pittsburgh – said the Flyers “organization is tremendous” and that he had a lot of “great teammates.” We all remember the “Crazy Eights” line of the early 1990s: Recchi, Eric Lindros and Brent Fedyk.
Talking with Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi and other reporters after practice Monday in Voorhees, Flyers captain Claude Giroux said Recchi “was the kind of player you didn’t like to play against. He just tried to outwork everybody — and he did.”
While the Flyers never won a Cup with Recchi, he was a hell of a player who had a long, impressive career, and we say congratulations on entering the Hockey Hall of Fame. –Jim “Chet” Chesko