After months of speculation, Teemu Selanne has announced he will be back for one final season with the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks had a terrific regular season in 2013, but the Detroit Red Wings bounced them from the playoffs in the first round. Selanne had mentioned that had the Ducks had a terrible season, it would have made the decision to quit, much easier but their is so much potential for the team right now, it seemed to leave him with a feeling of “unfinished business.”
So here we are. At the age of 43, the “Finnish flash” is taking a final ride.
The Ducks had the third best overall record in the NHL last season. In the truncated 48 game regular season, Teemu had 12 goals and 12 assists.
“It’s great to have Teemu back. He clearly still has passion for the game and can’t wait to get started,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We are so pleased that Teemu will end his career where he belongs.”
“I’m so happy to be back,” said Selanne. “I’ve always wanted to finish my career in Anaheim, and I plan on making it count.”
Selanne will be entering his 15th season with Anaheim (1996-01; 2005-present) having amassed 448-513=961 points in 902 games in a Ducks uniform.
Selanne has appeared in 1,387 career NHL games, collecting 675-755=1430 points with a +87 rating and 648 PIM. Originally acquired from Winnipeg on Feb. 7, 1996, and after stints with San Jose (2001-03) and Colorado (2003-04), Selanne signed a one-year contract with Anaheim on Aug. 22, 2005 and has remained with the club ever since. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in scoring, goals, assists, plus/minus, power play goals (178) and game-winning goals (74). Selanne won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 in his 15th NHL season. In 118 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Selanne has collected 42-40=82 points with 58 PIM. He currently leads the Ducks in career playoff goals (33), points (63), power play goals (14), game winning goals (8) and appearances (84).
A native of Helsinki, Finland, Selanne has represented his country at five Olympic Winter Games (1992, 1998, 2002, 2006 & 2010), winning the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. He is the Olympic men’s hockey all-time leading scorer, having scored 20-17=37 points in 31 career games. Selanne also medaled with Team Finland at the 2002 and 2010 games (bronze). In 1999, Selanne won the inaugural Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal scorer (47). In addition, he was the recipient of the 1993 Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s rookie of the year, scoring 76-56=132 points as a member of the Winnipeg Jets. His 76 goals in 1992-93 remains the all-time rookie record for goals in a season. Selanne was also the Bill Masterton Trophy winner in 2006, exemplifying persistence and dedication to the sport of hockey.
This should be a terrific final season.