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Nll Hall Of Fame Tom Marechek

02/16/2007, 9:25pm EST
By National Lacrosse League

The first inductee into the 2007 Class of the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame is the long time face of the league's oldest franchise. Tom Marechek, affectionately called "Hollywood" by his many fans, played twelve seasons in the NLL, all with the Philadelphia Wings.

Tom Marechek entered the league in 1992 as the sixth overall pick in the Entry Draft by the Buffalo Bandits, but was acquired by the Wings before ever playing a game. A three-time First Team All-American at Syracuse University, Marechek played his first NLL season in 1994 and immediately won over the Philadelphia fans. Marechek's highlight reel goals, cool demeanor and flashy style, effectively earned him the nickname "Hollywood."

In his first season in the league, Marecheck teamed up with Gary and Paul Gait on the 1994 Philadelphia Wings squad. The trio went on to lead the Wings to a league championship that season and Marechek earned Rookie of the Year honors. The 1994 championship was the first of four titles Marechek would win over his career. The Kitchener, Ontario native also won league championships with Philadelphia in 1995, 1998 and 2001, and retired at the end of the 2005 season.

In his twelve seasons in the league, Marechek earned eight All-Pro selections, including First Team honors in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001. He earned Second Team selections in 1995, 1998 and 2003.

Tom Marecheck left the National Lacrosse League following the 2005 season and did so as the third all-time leading scorer in league history with 773 regular season points on 399 goals and 374 assists. He also added 69 post season points on 23 goals and 46 assists and owns numerous franchise records with the Wings.

On February 18, 2006, the Wings retired Marechek's #42 jersey, making him only the third player in league history to have his jersey number retired.

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