|Born||February 1, 1968 (1968-02-01) (age 42),
Kamloops, BC, CAN
|5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Mark Louis "The Recchin' Ball" Recchi (born February 1, 1968) is a Canadian professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League, serving as an alternate captain. Currently, he is the oldest active player in the NHL and is the active leader in games played, in the top-10 all time overall.
Recchi played his junior hockey for the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League. His number 8 was retired by the team shortly after he left for the NHL. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, first playing in the NHL 1988, and was a key player in their Stanley Cup winning side in 1991.
The following season he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers as part of a deal that brought Rick Tocchet and Kjell Samuelsson to Pittsburgh. He played for Philadelphia from 1992 to 1995 as part of the "Crazy Eights" line, including a 53 goal, 70 assist, 123 point season in 1992–93, still the Flyers single-season point scoring record. In 1995, he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in a deal for Éric Desjardins, Gilbert Dionne, and John LeClair, but was reacquired by the Flyers for the 1998–99 season, and was consistently among their top scorers.
During the 1999–2000 season, he was a finalist for the Lester B. Pearson trophy as NHLPA MVP and he finished third in scoring, only 5 points behind Jaromír Jágr. In 2000 and 2004, the Flyers would make the Eastern Conference Finals but they would bow out of each series in seven games.
In 2000, he was named "Kamloops Male Athlete of the 20th Century", and had a street named "Mark Recchi Way" in his honour.
In August 2004, Recchi rejoined the Penguins as a free agent, signing a two-year contract with a two-way option for a third year. The first year was eventually nullified by the NHL lockout; in the second year, with the Penguins languishing at the bottom of the NHL standings, Recchi waived his no-trade clause to be sent to the Stanley Cup-contending Carolina Hurricanes at the deadline for minor-league forward Krystofer Kolanos, left wing Niklas Nordgren, and a 2007 2nd round pick. Recchi won his second Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes that season, and subsequently re-signed with the Penguins during the summer of 2006 off-season.
On January 20, 2007, he scored his 7th career hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and just under a week later, Recchi scored his 500th career goal on January 26, 2007, on the power play against the Dallas Stars.
During the summer of 2007 off-season, Recchi re-signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins for a one year contract that amounted to $2 million, but on December 4 he was placed on waivers and assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on December 6. The Penguins then attempted to recall Recchi from SWB the next day, but Recchi was claimed on re-entry waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers. In his first game against his former team, he scored the game winning goal in a shootout.
Fans have come to know him as the "Recchin' Ball" due to his small stature and hard nose style of forechecking while in the offensive zone.
On July 7, 2008, Recchi signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
On March 4, 2009, Recchi was traded to the Boston Bruins for Mārtiņš Karsums and Matt Lashoff, the Bruins also received a 2010 2nd round draft pick.
On March 7, 2009, Recchi scored his first two goals for the Bruins, as the first and third Bruins goals in a 5-3 home ice defeat of the visiting Chicago Blackhawks.
On July 2, 2009, Recchi re-signed with the Boston Bruins for one year. The next day, he stated that the 2009-10 season will be his final year. With the retirement of Joe Sakic in the summer of 2009, Recchi became the leader in points and assists among active players.
On Jan 1st 2010: Scored tying goal late in the third period of the 2010 Winter Classic for Boston against Philadelphia in Fenway Park, leading to an overtime victory for the Bruins.
On April 15, 2010, Recchi became the third oldest player to score a playoff goal, behind Chris Chelios and Gordie Howe.
On May 7, 2010, Recchi became the oldest player to have a multi-goal game in the playoffs, when he scored two goals in a 5-4 OT loss to Philadelphia in Game 4 of the second round. .
On June 28th 2010 Recchi decided to take one more shot at a cup and signed another one year deal with the Boston Bruins, saying the team was a contender and he wanted to be a part of it, Recchi is a leader in the locker room for the Bruins and the key veteran presence.
Awards and achievementsEdit
- 1987–88: West First All-Star Team (WHL)
- 1988–89: Second All-Star Team (IHL)
- 1990–91: Played in All-Star Game (NHL)
- 1990–91: Won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
- 1991–92: Second All-Star Team (NHL)
- 1992–93: Played in All-Star Game (NHL)
- 1993–94: Played in All-Star Game (NHL)
- 1996–97: Played in All-Star Game (NHL)
- 1996–97: All-Star Game MVP (NHL)
- 1997–98: Played in All-Star Game (NHL)
- 1998–99: Played in All-Star Game (NHL)
- 1999–00: Played in All-Star Game (NHL)
- 2005-06: Won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
- Second longest span between Stanley Cup wins (1991–2006), at fifteen years.
- His 123 points (53 goals, 70 assists) in the 1992–1993 season is the Flyers regular season scoring record.
- Oldest player to record 5 assists in a game on March 1, 2009 at 41 years, 28 days.
- Current active leader in NHL games played (1,571), ninth all-time.
- On February 19, 1992: Traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins with Brian Benning and a first round pick in the 1992 draft (Jason Bowen) to the Philadelphia Flyers for Kjell Samuelsson, Rick Tocchet and Ken Wregget.
- On February 9, 1995: Traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Montreal Canadiens for Éric Desjardins, John LeClair and Gilbert Dionne.
- On March 10, 1999: Traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Philadelphia Flyers for Dainius Zubrus, a second round pick in the 1999 draft (Matt Carkner) and a sixth round pick in the 2000 draft.
- On March 9, 2006: Traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes for Niklas Nordgren, Krystofer Kolanos and a second round pick in the 2007 draft.
- On December 4, 2007: Placed on waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins
- On December 6, 2007: Assigned to the Pittsburgh Penguins American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins after clearing waivers.
- On December 7, 2007: Claimed off re-entry waivers by the Atlanta Thrashers.
- On March 4, 2009: Traded to the Boston Bruins from the Tampa Bay Lightning with a 2010 second round pick, for D Matt Lashoff and F Mārtiņš Karsums.
|1984–85||New Westminster Bruins||WHL||4||0||1||1||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1985–86||New Westminster Bruins||WHL||72||21||40||61||55||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Did not play (NHL lockout)|
|2008–09||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||62||13||32||45||20||—||—||—||—||—|
- 1998 — Played for Canada in the XVIII Olympic Winter Games