By: Jeremy Perrigo
Boston Bruins long-time owner Jeremy Jacobs will be inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame on November 13th, along with former B’s winger Mark Recchi.
Jacobs, Owner and Operator of Delaware North, has maintained possession of the Bruins for 42 years, first taking control in 1975. In 2007, Jacobs was elected chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors. He will be inducted to the Hall of Fame under the “Builder” category and had this to say when learning of the news,
“Being elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame was the furthest thing from my mind when I purchased the team over 40 years ago. To be honored in the same way as former Flames’ governor Harley Hotchkiss is truly humbling.”
Mark Recchi joined the black and gold for the final two years of his career. He was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 2008-2009 trade deadline. The veteran played an influential role in bringing the cup back to Boston in 2011.
Throughout 25 games in the 2011 postseason Recchi recorded five goals and nine assists. Recchi often found himself on the ice with the duo of Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron, where his impressive knowledge of the game often put him in the perfect scoring position, as seen in this Game 3 goal in the Stanley Cup Final against the Vancouver Canucks,
With an impressive hockey mind, Recchi knew where to be on the ice at all times. He was best known for his ability to tip pucks in front of the net, past unsuspecting goaltenders.
Take a look at this video from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final for vintage Recchi, perfectly tipping a Zdeno Chara shot behind goaltender Roberto Luongo (skip to 5 minutes in).
Recchi had also previously won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, he finished his career with 1533 points in 1652 games, 12th in league history.
The soon-to-be Hall of Famer had this to say about being selected,
“I can’t thank the Selection Committee enough for this recognition. It’s an incredible feeling and the icing on the cake after 22 years of playing the game.”
The entire list of inductees is as follows,
Clare Drake (Builder)
Jeremy Jacobs (Builder)
Dave Andreychuk (Player)
Danielle Goyette (Player)
Paul Kariya (Player)
Mark Recchi (Player)
Teemu Selanne (Player)
The only other player on the list to have spent time with the Bruins organization is Dave Andreychuk, who played with the B’s during the 1999-2000 season, recording 33 points in 63 games with the franchise.
Here is a highlight video of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final as a bonus (You’re Welcome),