Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The 8th stop of July by the Numbers finds us in Philadelphia with a #8 Mark Recchi jersey.
Recchi was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1988 and would play in Pittsburgh from 1988-89 to the 1991-92 season, including winning the Stanley Cup in 1991. He was then traded to the Flyers, along with Brian Benning and a first round draft pick, for Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson, Ken Wregget and a third round draft pick.
Recchi would play in Philadelphia for two additional seasons, including scoring a career high 53 goals and 123 points, the Flyers single season record, in 1992-93, before being traded once more early in the 1994-95 season to Montreal in a deal that sent John LeClair and Eric Desjardins to Philadelphia. Recchi would play five seasons in Montreal before finding himself back in the orange and black of the Flyers once more.
Once back in Philadelphia, Recchi would lead the Flyers in scoring with 91 points and be voted as the team's MVP. This time his stay in Philadelphia would last for six seasons before signing a free agent contract back where he started in Pittsburgh before being moved to the Carolina Hurricanes at that season's trading deadline, where he would win his second Stanley Cup. His 15 years between Stanley Cups is the second longest in league history.
The following year he would once more sign with the Penguins as a free agent. The next season, after being put on waivers by Pittsburgh, he would be claimed by the Atlanta Thrashers. The 2008-09 season would see him sign with the Tampa Bay Lightning, only to finish out the season with the Boston Bruins.
Clearly, if Recchi were a collector, he'd have quite a number of different sweaters by this point!
Other possible additions to his collection could include the Canadian World Junior Team in 1988, three appearances for Canada at the World Championships in 1990, 1993 and 1997 and the Olympics in 1998.
Today's featured jersey is a CCM 1991-92 Philadelphia Flyers Mark Recchi home jersey from his first season in Philadelphia. The Flyers chose to put the NHL 75th Anniversary patch up on the right shoulder, unlike all the other teams who wore in on the right chest, save the New York Rangers who wore it on the left chest.
The Flyers hosted the NHL All-Star Game that season and thus wore the 1992 All-Star Game patch on the left shoulder before later changing to the Philadelphia Flyers 25th Anniversary patch in the latter half of the season.
Recchi would score his 500th career goal in January of 2007 while as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.