Dave Andreychuk sensed his numbers can be ok to get him into the Hockey Corridor of Fame. He simply needed to keep affected person.
Andreychuk retired in 2006 after a 23-yr NHL profession, and his 640 objectives make him the 14th-highest scoring participant. Of the 17 retired gamers to hit the 600-aim mark, he was the one one not within the Corridor aside from co-inductee Teemu Selanne regardless of being eligible for induction since 2009. Selanne turned eligible this yr.
“I feel 600 objectives on the resume, it’s received to occur ultimately,” Andreychuk stated. “To be trustworthy once I take a look at the time it took to get in it simply makes it sweeter. I feel the numbers converse for themselves. You simply hope your time will come.”
Andreychuk joined the Corridor on Friday a with NHL greats, Mark Recchi, Selanne and Paul Kariya and Canadian ladies’s star Danielle Goyette. Longtime Canadian college coach Clare Drake and Boston Bruins proprietor Jeremy Jacobs entered within the builder class.
An induction ceremony was scheduled for Monday night time.
The fifty four-yr-previous Andreychuk — who was drafted in 1982 by Buffalo and made stops in Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Colorado and Tampa Bay — was driving on a Florida freeway to select up his spouse from the airport when he obtained the decision.
“My coronary heart began to race immediately. I instantly hung up and referred to as my father,” stated Andreychuk, noting he pulled off the street to take the decision. “My mom did most the speaking, saying ‘It was about time,’ however my father was crying on the similar time.”
The lengthy wait by no means rattled the person described by his friends as a pure chief. Andreychuk went 22 seasons earlier than lifting the Stanley Cup in 2004 with Tampa Bay.
“It’s like profitable the Stanley Cup,” he stated. “You’ve been dreaming about it all of your life however you don’t understand how you’re going to react till it occurs.”
Andreychuk continues to be the profession chief for energy-play objectives with 274. Most got here from in entrance of the web, together with his 6-foot-four, 220-pound body paying the worth. He earned his paycheck by being a goalie’s nightmare.
“It began in junior, sixteen, 17 years previous,” he stated. “You understand that’s the place my bread and butter was going to be. Not lots of fairly objectives, to be trustworthy. Unsure if there’s a spotlight-reel objective.”
Andreychuk performed 1,639 video games within the NHL and had 19 seasons with a minimum of 20 objectives, with a profession-excessive fifty four in 1992-ninety three with Toronto.
Former Maple Leafs teammate Doug Gilmour as soon as stated a part of Andreychuk’s secret to success was his capability to create a greater scoring alternative by deliberately putting a shot at a goalie’s pad after which amassing his personal rebound.
“Completely, it’s very true,” Andreychuk stated. “Gamers I performed with knew what was occurring. I did it on objective.”
Andreychuk spent the primary eleven seasons in Buffalo and it disillusioned him that the Sabres’ high quality groups within the late Nineteen Eighties couldn’t ship within the playoffs.
A commerce to Toronto in 1993 positioned him on a line with one other Corridor of…