“The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these hockey legends as Honoured Members,” said Lanny McDonald. Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame, in a release. “Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved.”
Selanne, one of the most popular players in team history and the only player in club history with his number retired, still holds or is tied for 18 NHL records. Selanne was instrumental in the Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup victory, scoring 48 goals for a total of 94 points, and remains Anaheim’s career leader in games played, points and goals.
Selanne played 15 (1995-2000; 2000-1; 2005-14) of his 23 NHL seasons with the Ducks, posting 457 goals.
“I’m lucky to have played with great people wherever I went in hockey,” said Selanne. “The game is a team effort and I have a long list of those who helped me.”
Kariya, the fourth-overall selection by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the 1993 Entry Draft, played nine seasons with the organization. With the Ducks, Kariya recorded over 100 points twice (1996 and 1999) and scored 50 goals in 1995-96.
Kariya suited up for the Ducks for nine (1994-2003) of his 15 NHL seasons, in which, he added 300 goals and 369 assists.
“I have to thank all of the countless people in my life who helped me get here,” said Kariya. “My parents sacrificed so that I could play the game and I wouldn’t be receiving this honor if it wasn’t for them.”
Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli: “What a tremendous day for our franchise to have two players named 2017 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees! Both Teemu and Paul now rightfully take their place among legendary players in the history of the sport. The relationship Teemu has with our fans is unparalleled in professional sports. Paul was the first true face of our franchise and helped put the organization on the map. Congratulations to both!”