The induction weekend for NHL players to the Hall of Fame was held on the weekend of Friday, November 10th to Monday, November 13th for 2017. This year seven players were elected to join this elite membership. The players inducted on Monday, the 13th included the former NHL forwards Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi, Dave Andreychuk and Teemu Selanne, along with Danielle Goyette, who is a retired women’s ice hockey player from Canada, college hockey coach Clare Drake and the owner of the Boston Bruins, Jeremy Jacobs. Both Drake and Jacobs were elected as a builder.
Over the course of the four days, there were a number of events and happenings scheduled for the players and their families or guests.
On Friday, November 10th, the Hockey Hall of Fame Game played at the Air Canada Center at 7 p.m. The game was played between the Boston Bruins and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On Saturday, November 11th, the Inductee Question and Answer Fan Forum took place for an hour in the afternoon. During this session, fans asked questions to the 2017 Player Inductees, including Selanne, Recchi, Kariya, Goyette and Andreychuk.
When Sunday, November 12th arrived, players, guests and fans attended the Haggar Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic, held at the Air Canada Center in Toronto at 3 p.m. During the game, hockey icons Jari Kurri and Mark Messier lead two star filled teams. This event also included a pre-game ceremony that honored the Induction Class of 2017. Additional bonus features during the game included a free souvenir program and the chance to see a number of legends in the NHL.
The actual 2017 Induction Celebration took place at 5:30 p.m. at Brookfield Place in Toronto on Monday, November 13th.
In order to be inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame, players had to receive a minimum of 75 percent of the vote. Four former players in the NHL is the maximum that can be selected to enter the Hall of Fame every year. It represents a way to document their contribution to the game of hockey and ensure their legend, talent and legacy lives on for years to come.
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