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Among the many highlights on this player’s sterling resume are three Stanley Cup championships with three different teams during a stellar 22-season NHL career.

Mark Recchi began his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 1988-89 season.

Mark Recchi, a Kamloops, British Columbia native born February 1, 1968, starred for his hometown Blazers of the Western Hockey League when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1988. He turned pro that fall and made his NHL debut during the 1988-89 season. In 1990-91, Recchi’s 40 goals and 113 points led Pittsburgh, and fuelled in part by his 34 playoff points, the team enjoyed sipping champagne from the Stanley Cup when the Penguins defeated the Minnesota North Stars. Recchi was dealt to cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Flyers in February 1993. In the City of Brotherly Love, Recchi joined a line with Brent Fedyk and Eric Lindros tagged the ‘Crazy Eights,’ and in 1992-93, he enjoyed a career season with 53 goals and 123 points, setting a new Flyers’ single season scoring record.

In Philadelphia, Recchi joined a line with Brent Fedyk and Eric Lindros known as the 'Crazy Eights.'

Two years later, in February 1995, Recchi was traded to Montreal, and was consistently one of the Canadiens’ top scorers until he was reacquired by the Flyers in March 1999.

Recchi spent parts of five seasons in Montreal, surpassing the 30-goal mark on two occasions.

During the 1999-2000 season, Recchi finished third in scoring with 91 points (28 goals and 63 assists) and was a finalist for the Lester B. Pearson Trophy as the league’s most valuable player as voted on by the players themselves. The Flyers went to the Eastern Conference Final, but were eliminated in the seventh and deciding game.

In August 2004, Recchi returned to Pittsburgh when the Penguins signed him as a free agent. That season was lost to the league’s lock-out. At the trade deadline in March 2006, he was traded to Carolina, and that spring, was part of his second Stanley Cup championship when the Hurricanes defeated the Edmonton Oilers. Then, during the summer, he re-signed with the Penguins.

In 1,652 NHL games, Recchi recorded 577 goals and 956 assists for 1,533 points.

In December 2007, Mark was claimed on waivers by Atlanta and finished the season with the Thrashers. In that off-season, he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. His veteran presence aided the Lightning, but out of contention, the team traded Recchi to the Bruins at the trade deadline in March 2009. The Bruins went to the playoffs, but lost to the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semi-final.

Recchi captured the Stanley Cup on three occasions. In 1991 with Pittsburgh, 2006 with Carolina and 2011 with Boston.

In what proved to be his 22nd and final NHL season, Recchi and the Bruins went to the Stanley Cup final and captured Lord Stanley’s legacy in a series against the Vancouver Canucks. It was the third championship for Recchi, and positioned him as one of just ten players who had won the Stanley Cup with three different teams. The others were Al Arbour, Frank Foyston, Larry Hillman, Hap Holmes, Mike Keane, Claude Lemieux, Joe Nieuwendyk, Gord Pettinger and Jack Walker. He was also just the eighth player to win a Stanley Cup championship in three different decades. In addition, with a goal in Game Two against the Canucks, Recchi became the oldest player (43) to score a goal in a Stanley Cup Final. He added two more goals in the third game of the series.

Mark Recchi played in 1,652 regular season games, fourth most in NHL history at the time. He scored 577 goals and added 956 assists for 1,533 points, twelfth best all-time at the time of his retirement. In post-season play, he added 61 goals and 87 assists for 148 points in 189 playoff games. Additionally, Recchi was selected to play in seven All-Star Games, and was the most valuable player in 1997’s All-Star contest, He was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 1991-92. In international competitions, Mark was included on Canada’s World Championship squad in 1990, 1993 and won a gold medal with the team in 1997. Mark Recchi was also a member of Canada’s Olympic ice hockey team in Nagano in 1998.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Kamloops Chevys Minor-BC
1984-85 Langley Eagles BCJHL 51 26 39 65 39
1984-85 New Westminster Bruins WHL 4 1 0 1 0
1985-86 New Westminster Bruins WHL 72 21 40 61 55
1986-87 Kamloops Blazers WHL 40 26 50 76 63 13 3 16 19 17
1987-88 Kamloops Blazers WHL 62 61 93 154 75 17 10 21 31 18
1987-88 Canada WJC-A 7 0 5 5 4
1988-89 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 15 1 1 2 0 -2
1988-89 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 63 50 49 99 86 14 7 14 21 28
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 30 37 67 44 +6
1989-90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 4 7 4 11 2
1989-90 Canada WEC-A 5 0 2 2 2
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 78 40 73 113 48 0 24 10 24 34 33
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 58 33 37 70 78 -16
1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 22 10 17 27 18 -5
1992-93 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 84 53 70 123 95 +1
1992-93 Canada WC-A 8 2 5 7 2
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 84 40 67 107 46 -2
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 10 2 3 5 12 -6
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 14 29 43 16 -3
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 28 50 78 69 +20 6 3 3 6 0
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 34 46 80 58 -1 5 4 2 6 2
1996-97 Canada WC-A 9 3 3 6 0
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 82 32 42 74 51 +11 10 4 8 12 6
1997-98 Canada Olympics 5 0 2 2 0
1998-99 Montreal Canadiens NHL 61 12 35 47 28 -4
1998-99 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 10 4 2 6 6 -3 6 0 1 1 2
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 28 63 91 50 +20 18 6 12 18 6
2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 69 27 50 77 33 +15 6 2 2 4 2
2001-02 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 22 42 64 46 +5 4 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 20 32 52 35 0 13 7 3 10 2
2003-04 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 82 26 49 75 47 +18 18 4 2 6 4
2004-05
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 63 24 33 57 56 -28
2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 20 4 3 7 12 -8 25 7 9 16 18
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 24 44 68 62 +1 5 0 4 4 0
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 19 2 6 8 12 -2
2007-08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 53 12 28 40 20 -16
2008-09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 62 13 32 45 20 -15
2008-09 Boston Bruins NHL 18 10 6 16 2 -3 11 3 3 6 2
2009-10 Boston Bruins NHL 81 18 25 43 34 +4 13 6 4 10 6
2010-11 Boston Bruins NHL 81 14 34 48 35 +13 25 5 9 14 8
NHL Totals 1652 577 956 1533 1033 189 61 86 147 93


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