Andreychuk inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
Oshawa Generals graduate Dave Andreychuk was inducted into the prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame this past weekend, joining a 2017 induction class that also featured former NHL standouts Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi and Teemu Selanne.
A native of Hamilton, Ont., Andreychuk played 23 NHL seasons, hoisting the Stanley Cup as captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. The big 6-foot-4 winger ended his career ranked 14th on the NHL’s career goal scoring list with 640 along with 698 assists and 1,338 points. His 1,639 career NHL regular season games are the seventh-most in league history and he holds the NHL record for most regular season power play goals with 274.
His tremendous success with the Oshawa Generals included a 100-point season in 1981-82, catching the attention of the Buffalo Sabres who selected him 16th overall in the 1982 NHL Draft. A year later the big kid from a blue collar background made his NHL debut and never looked back.
“Both my parents, both steelworkers, installed the values I continue to use,” Andreychuk said during his induction speech. “They were with me day-in, day-out.
“One thing I’m really happy about is my parents are here and that was more important than anything else.”
A Generals legend, storied NHL career and now the greatest honour in hockey.
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Andreychuk exemplified consistency throughout his career, recording at least 20 goals in 19 of his 23 seasons headlined by a career-high 54 with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1992-93.
After going a record 22 seasons without hoisting the Stanley Cup, Andreychuk’s long wait to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame never rattled the man described by his peers as a natural leader.
“It’s like winning the Stanley Cup,” he said. “You’ve been dreaming about it all your life but you don’t know how you’re going to react until it happens.”
For a closer look at Dave Andreychuk’s career, visit HHOF.com.
— Hockey Hall of Fame (@HockeyHallFame) November 15, 2017
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