BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The wait is finally over for Dave Andreychuk. It was announced Monday afternoon that he will be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame for the class of 2017.
The former Sabres winger played over 1600 games in the NHL during a career that spanned more than 20 seasons. He was drafted 16th overall by Buffalo in 1982, the same season as current head coach Phil Housley, and played 11 seasons before he was traded to Toronto.
His 640 career goals rank 14th in NHL history.
“When I look back I always think of hockey as a team game and it was never about me,” said Andreychuk in a press releases from the Hockey Hall of Fame. “As a player it is how we are taught and that makes this individual award even more unique.”
Buffalo native and chairman of Delaware North, Jeremy Jacobs was also listed on this year’s list of inductees in the “builders” category. He has been the owner of the Boston Bruins since 1975.
“Being elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame was the furthest thing from my mind when I purchased the team over 40 years ago,” said Jacobs. “To be honored in the same way as former Flames’ governor Harley Hotchkiss is truly humbling.”