On December 12, 1998, Mark Recchi sat out, putting an end to his 569 consecutive regular season games due to pneumonia.
Recchi is one of 20 players who have played in at least 500 consecutive games. Doug Jarvis, whose streak ended in 1986, holds the record, 964.
Recchi was chosen in the fourth round of the 1988 NHL draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He went on to play for seven different teams, scoring 577 goals and 956 assists over the course of 22 seasons. Recchi scored 61 goals in a total of 15 post-season appearances, helped three teams (1990-91 Penguins, 2005-06 Carolina Hurricanes and 2010-11 Boston Bruins) to Stanley Cup rings.
The Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada native was given the opportunity to skate for his country in the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Team Canada ended up losing 3-2 to Finland in the bronze medal game.
The chances of Recchi being inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and both sides of the issue hold their own when it comes to arguments.
People in favor of Recchi getting his spot in Hockey History say statistics like scoring 1,533 points in 1,652 regular season games should be enough to put him over the edge. Despite not getting big numbers annually, he assisted his team to a spot in the playoffs almost every season.
The camp against Recchi’s Hall of Fame induction say it is quality over quantity. He may have lasted longer in the NHL than most players, but his high numbers were only achieved because of his years in the league.
Recchi going out on top:
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