Wednesday, January 05, 2011


This goes to someone who has amassed a lifetime of accomplishments. And this year, for the first time, I'm awarding it to an athlete, not a coach or executive. The 2010 winner is Mark Recchi.

He's only been with the Bruins for 2+ years, but when you look at Recchi's career as a whole, it's simply astounding. 570 goals, 938 assists, 56 playoff goals, 77 playoff assists.

He's played in 1,609 NHL games, which is 9th most all-time. For other sports, that devalues a player's stats, as there's the belief that they're hanging around, accumulating numbers. But you can't just hang around in the NHL. Not only do you have to earn playing time, you have to pay for it in bumps, bruises, and big hits. Recchi's 42, and still playing 16 minutes a night.

Sixteen 20+ goal seasons, seven 30+ goal seasons, four 40+ goal seasons.

He's 20th all-time in goals, 14th in assists, 13th in points, 16th in game-winning goals, he's put together a more than respectable career. He's a Hall of Famer.

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