On Monday November 14, the Hockey Hall of Fame inducted its 2016 class, when Eric Lindros, Rogie Vachon, Sergei Makarov and Pat Quinn were invited to join the illustrious few as members of the Hall, hockey’s highest honor.
It was a momentous occasion to be sure, the culmination of the work of the Hall’s 18-member selection committee. With 2016’s class inducted, the attention now turns to eligible candidates for next years class. But who should get the call? In the article linked below from NHL.com, some of the most likely choices are reflected upon. In his first year of eligibility (players must wait 3 years from their final game before being considered for induction), Finnish superstar Teemu Selanne appears to be a lock. From there, it is a pretty mixed bag and there are quite a few very qualified candidates, including Chris Osgood, Curtis Joseph, Paul Kariya, and Theo Fleury. One guy who I believe should absolutely get the call is Mark Recchi. Now in his fourth year of eligibility, Recchi won three Stanley Cups as a player and has 1,533 points in 1,652 games played. Additionally, he always conducted himself with the highest class on and off of the ice. To drive the point home, Rechhi is the only retired player with at least 500 goals and 1,500 points who has not been inducted into the Hall. I believe this should change this year.