Former University of Maine Black Bear Paul Kariya has been selection to be a member of the 2017 Class of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Kariya was in his fifth year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame, but had not been selected until now, likely due to injuries shortening his career.  He logged a total of 989 points and averaged one point per contest he played.  Kariya earned the Lady Byng Trophy twice and won gold with Canada in the Olympics during 2002 and took home the Hobey Baker award during his time at UMaine, also guiding the Black Bears to a National Championship in 1993.

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Joining Kariya is teammate Teemu Selanne who will be the headliner in the class, along with Dave Andreychuk, Mark Recchi, Danielle Goethe, Jeremy Jacobs, and Clare Drake.  Selanne is 11th in NHL history in goals with 684 and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

Jacobs was selected to the Hall as a builder of the game.  He has been the owner of the Boston Bruins since 1975 and has served on the executive committee of the NHL Board of Governors.

The voting was comprised of a comittee of 18 member and each candidate nees 75 percent of the vote to be inducted.  The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on November 13th.

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