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Mark Recchi is about to begin his 23rd season in professional hockey and his second full season with the Boston Bruins after he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the March 2009 trade deadline.  At 42, Mark is the oldest active player in the NHL and is the active leader in points (1,485), assists (922) and games played (1,571, which is 9th in league history).  He is second in goals among active players with 563, and has scored another 56 goals in 164 career playoff games.  A two-time Stanley Cup champion (with Pittsburgh in 1991 and Carolina in 2006), Recchi has reached the 100+ point mark three times (with a high of 53-70-123 for Philadelphia in 1992-93, which is still the Flyers single season point record).  

Mark has been remarkably durable, having played in all of his team’s games in 11 seasons.  During a stretch from 1992-1998, he played in 570 straight games, the eighth longest streak in NHL history.  It is all the more incredible given Mark’s penchant for tipping pucks in the physical, high traffic areas in front of the net. 

Mark has played for seven NHL teams (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montreal, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and Boston), and has represented his team in seven NHL All-Star games, including 1997, when he earned MVP honors with a hat trick.  A native of Kamloops, British Columbia, Mark has represented Canada in five international tournaments, including the 1998 Olympics and the 1988 World Junior Championships, when he was a member of Canada’s gold-medal winning team.

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