Paul Kariya to fellow HHOF inductee Teemu Selanne: ‘We will always be brothers’
TORONTO — The seating arrangement for the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony had Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne sitting next to each other in the front row and it couldn’t have been more appropriate.
They were together. As they should be. As they were across six wondrous seasons together with the then-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. As they have been in the weeks and the days leading up to their enshrinement, their official entrance into the gates of hockey immortality.
The two biggest stars of an expansion-era franchise that’s now firmly into its 25th year of operation became the first two Hall of Famers to have spent the majority of their careers with the rechristened Anaheim Ducks.
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Also inducted were Dave Andreychuk, a 640-goal scorer and a Stanley Cup champion, and Mark Recchi, a 1,500-plus point producer who won three Cups with three different teams in three decades. Canadian women’s star Danielle Goyette also went in, as did Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and legendary Canadian collegiate coach Clare Drake in the builders’ category.
But the headliners were Kariya and Selanne. […]