With the 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame class now officially revealed, Eric Lindros getting the call in his seventh year of eligibility, attention turns to who will get inducted in 2017.
As is the case just about every year, it’s sure to provide hardy debate.
Teemu Selanne will enter his first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame next year and he could be a lock as a prolific scorer, with 684 career goals and 1,457 points, Olympic medalist and Stanley Cup champion. His 76 goals scored during his rookie season — back in 1992-1993 — is a record that may never be broken.
Mark Recchi has still not received a call into the Hall of Fame, despite being a three-time Stanley Cup champion for three different teams, with 577 goals and 1,533 points in 1,652 games. “I don’t know what more you need to do to be a Hall of Fame player,” said Rod Brind’Amour of Recchi.
Daniel Alfredsson will enter his first year of eligibility in 2017. He’s never won the Stanley Cup, spending 17 years with the Ottawa Senators before moving on to the Detroit Red Wings for one final season. But he is an Olympic champion, with 1,246 regular season games, 444 goals and 1,157 points.
Dave Andreychuk is now 52 years old. He captained the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup in 2004 — the second to last NHL season of his career, which lasted 23 seasons.
Now, have your say. Choose up to four players, the maximum number of NHLers for an annual Hockey Hall of Fame class. For write-in suggestions, put those in the comments section.