Mark Recchi won Stanley Cups with three different teams, but not with the one he played the most games with, the Flyers.
But at least Recchi is getting some recognition for all his years of fine work in Philadelphia.
He’s about to become the newest member of the Flyers Hall of Fame.
The Flyers announced on Thursday that Recchi will be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame during a special pregame ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 27 when the Flyers host the Boston Bruins at Wells Fargo Center. Recchi will become the 28th honored member of the Flyers Hall of Fame and first since the 2021-22 season.
“The Flyers Hall of Fame began with Ed Snider and our Flyers Alumni and has become so enriched to our organization that I am thrilled to see it grow with the induction of Mark Recchi,” said Dan Hilferty, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Spectacor and Governor of the Philadelphia Flyers. “Mark’s 10 seasons with the Flyers were very special to our franchise and to the Flyers community as he was a part of so many iconic historic moments. We are all looking forward to January 27 when we can solidify Mark in our proud history.”
New president of hockey operations Keith Jones played with Recchi and said the honor is well deserved.
“As a teammate of Mark’s, I can ensure that no one deserves this exclusive honor more than him,” said Jones. “January 27 will be an outstanding day for our franchise and for Mark and his family as we celebrate all his Flyers accomplishments.”
During a media Zoom call, Recchi expressed appreciation for being named to the Flyers Hall of Fame.
“This is a tremendous honor and one I was not expecting to get the call for,” said Recchi. “My time in Philadelphia meant a lot, still means a lot, to me and I am very thankful to be the next inductee into the Flyers Hall of Fame. I look forward to sharing this memory with my family, the fans, fellow Flyers Alumni and the entire Flyers organization.”
Later in the call he talked about his time with the Flyers, including two trips to the Stanley Cup semifinals.
“I loved my time there,” he said. “It was incredible. The owner, Ed Snider, and Bobby Clarke and Paul Holmgren, they made it real special for the players.”
Recchi, 55, skated in 10 of his 22 NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers in two separate stints, 1991-92 to 1994-95 and 1998-99 to 2003-04, and collected 232 goals/627 points in 602 games. The native of Kamloops, British Columbia ranks sixth in franchise history in assists, ninth in scoring and game-winning goals (39) and is T-12th in goals. The left-shot winger tallied 53 goals/123 points during the 1992-93 season to break Bobby Clarke’s franchise record for most points in a single season, a record that still stands today. He is one of only two Flyers skaters, along with Clarke, to have multiple 100-plus point seasons, also recording 40 goals/107 points during the 1993-94 season. Recchi’s 53 goals during the 1992-93 campaign is one of only 12 50-plus goal seasons in franchise history while his 70 assists that year rank third-most in team history.
Recchi also collected 39 playoff points in 65 contests with the Flyers, including a team-leading 18 points during the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He represented the Flyers in three All-Star Games (1993, 1994 and 2000) and is a three-time winner of the Bobby Clarke Trophy (1993, 2000 and 2004).
Recchi registered 577 goals/1,533 career points in 1,652 NHL regular season games in 22 seasons with Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal, Carolina, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Boston (1988-2011). Recchi was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 13, 2017.
He had numerous favorite moments with the Flyers.
“I scored my 400th goal there, which was great,” Recchi said. “My favorite moments where the two runs we had. We were a really tight group. We felt we could get to the Finals, we had an opportunity to win championships.”
Alas, that didn’t happen. The Flyers lost Game 7s to New Jersey in 2000 and Tampa Bay in 2004.
“We just didn’t quite get there,” Recchi said. “But it was really awesome. There’s nothing better than being with teammates you love to be with.
“It’s unfortunate we never got the job done but when you have a couple good runs, it’s still pretty neat.”
Current Members – Flyers Hall of Fame
1988 – Bob Clarke and Bernie Parent
1989 – Bill Barber, Ed Snider and Keith Allen
1990 – Rick MacLeish and Fred Shero
1991 – Barry Ashbee and Gary Dornhoefer
1992 – Reggie Leach and Gene Hart
1993 – Joe Scott and Ed Van Impe
1994 – Tim Kerr
1997 – Joe Watson
1999 – Brian Propp
2001 – Mark Howe
2004 – Dave Poulin
2008 – Ron Hextall
2009 – Dave Schultz
2014 – Eric Lindros and John LeClair
2015 – Eric Desjardins
2015 – Rod Brind’Amour
2016 – Jimmy Watson
2021 – Paul Holmgren and Rick Tocchet