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Teemu Ilmari Selänne ( ) nicknamed "The Finnish Flash" (born July 3, 1970 in Helsinkimarker, Finlandmarker) is a Finnishmarker professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Selänne was originally drafted into the NHL by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1st round, 10th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career

Jokerit (1988–92)

Selänne (who has a twin brother, Paavo) played his early seasons with Jokerit of the Finnishmarker SM-liiga. Selänne won the A-Junior level Finnish Championship in 1988 with Jokerit. The team consisted of future SM-liiga players such as Markus Ketterer, Keijo Säilynoja and Mika Strömberg. After two seasons on the junior team of Jokerit, Selänne played his first season for Jokerit during the 1988–89 season when Jokerit played in the Finnish 1. Divisioona. Jokerit gained promotion back to the SM-liiga in 1989 and Selänne had 11 games with 12 points during his debut SM-liiga season. Selänne had his first full season for Jokerit the following year, when he racked up 58 points in 44 games. During the 1991–92 SM-liiga season, Jokerit won the SM-liiga championship and Selänne won the Aarne Honkavaara trophy (top goalscorer) and had the most points scored in the SM-liiga playoffs during that season.

Winnipeg Jets (1992–94)

Teemu Selänne was selected by the Winnipeg Jets 10th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft (the last player selected in the first round by Jets general manager John Ferguson, Sr., who was fired four months later) and was contracted by the Jets for the 1992–93 NHL season. Selänne initially asked to wear number 8, however, it was already taken by Randy Carlyle who would eventually become his coach in the Ducks, thus he had to wear number 13. He scored 76 goals in his rookie season, an all-time rookie record. He is also the holder of the rookie point scoring record with 132 points, and he along with Alexander Mogilny are the most recent players in NHL history to score 70 goals in a season.

Following his rookie season, Jets players Keith Tkachuk and Alexei Zhamnov formed a line known as "The Olympic Line," as all three were Olympians. This was notable in that it was prior to the NHL signing an agreement with the IIHF, providing for a break to allow select players to compete for their respective countries in the quadrennial Olympic Tournament. Selänne suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his second season, limiting him to 51 games. The Jets had suffered a six-game quarterfinal loss to the Vancouver Canucks in 1993; and with Selänne injured, missed the 1994 playoffs.

Jokerit (1994–95)

Along with fellow Finnish NHL-star Jari Kurri, Selänne played for Jokerit during the 1994–95 NHL lockout.

Selänne scored 7 goals and assisted 12 others in 20 games for Jokerit. Selänne was part of Jokerit when the team won the 1995 European Cup.

Winnipeg Jets (1995–96)

After the lockout, Selänne returned to the Winnipeg Jets and played the remainder of the 1994–95 season and started the 1995–96 season with the Jets.

On February 7, 1996, he was traded, along with Marc Chouinard and a fourth-round draft pick, to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in return for Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky, and a third-round pick. The trade was one in a series of moves made by the Jet as a result of the team's financial difficulties. Selänne however was first angered at the Jets management for trading him, but it all subsided when he learned of the situation in Anaheim.

Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1996–01)

In Anaheim, Selänne teamed up with Paul Kariya to form one of the most potent scoring duos in the NHL and also picked a nomination for the Lady Byng Trophy, losing to Joe Sakic. In 1998 Selänne became the first European player to be named NHL All-Star Game MVP, after scoring a hat trick. Selänne won the NHL goalscoring titles in 1998 and 1999.

On March 5, 2001, Selänne was again traded, this time to the San Jose Sharks for Jeff Friesen, Steve Shields, and a second-round draft pick.

San Jose Sharks (2001–03)

Selänne was involved in controversy with the Sharks in 2002–03. On the other side of the United Statesmarker, New Jersey Devil Scott Gomez was struggling under the management style of Devils coach Pat Burns. Gomez and Selänne were almost swapped in a multi-player trade, but at the 11th hour Selänne vetoed being sent to New Jersey. Selänne suffered a slight drop of performance during his time with the Sharks but he still managed to score 54 and 64 points during his two full season with the Sharks.

Colorado Avalanche (2003–04)

After two full seasons in San Jose, Selänne signed with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent on July 3, 2003 (his 33rd birthday) where he was again joined by Kariya. After a season (2003–04) in Colorado that saw his production decline, overall, Selänne's time in Colorado was considered a disappointment since he didn't manage to gain a steady form with Paul Kariya as was expected.

Jokerit (2004–05)

Selänne underwent knee surgery during the 2004–05 NHL lockout and signed with Jokerit in the Finnish National League. He was unable to play any games, because rehabilitation took longer than expected.

Anaheim Ducks (2005–present)

Selänne rejoined the Mighty Ducks signing a one year contract on August 22, 2005. With his knee rehabilitated, Selänne led the Mighty Ducks in scoring in 2005–06 despite playing without former teammate and scoring counterpart Paul Kariya. Selänne's statistical tally this season registered 40 goals and 50 assists for 90 points in 80 games.

Selänne recorded his 1,000th NHL point on January 30, 2006, with his second goal against the Los Angeles Kings, becoming the 70th player, as well as the seventh European player, to achieve the milestone.

Selänne was back amongst the NHL's elite players after the 2005–06 NHL season, when he was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, designating Selänne as the comeback player of the year.

Selänne received a one-year, $3.75-million contract extension for the 2006–2007 season with the newly renamed Anaheim Ducks, after deciding to continue his NHL career. He also changed his jersey number from #13 back to #8 for 2006–2007 season, the number he'd worn during his first stint with the Ducks franchise several years earlier.

Selänne scored his 500th NHL career goal against the Colorado Avalanche after getting by former Avalanche teammate and captain Joe Sakic to find the net against Colorado's José Théodore. Selänne joined fellow countryman Jari Kurri as the only Finnish-born players to have scored 500 goals in their NHL careers. On November 26, 2006, in a game against the Calgary Flames, Selänne scored his 600th point as a Duck.

Selänne played in his 1,000th NHL game on December 31, 2006, against the Minnesota Wild. On February 7, 2007, in a game against the San Jose Sharks, Selänne scored his 524th career goal to move into a tie with Bryan Trottier for 27th on the NHL's all-time list. The "Finnish Flash" moved past Trottier with a first period goal against the Coyotes in Phoenix on February 15, 2007, with his father, Ilmari, in attendance (the fathers of 18 Anaheim players and one of the player's father-in-law were at the game as part of a team-building experience).

Selänne during a pre-game warm-up on April 17, 2007.
On January 10, 2007, Selänne heard grave news from a seriously ill friend. "Today he found out that the cancer has spread to his brain," Selänne said. "I don't think he has much time to live. So I told him if I scored a hat trick I'd keep the puck. I told him the odds weren't very good that it would happen. Obviously it was really a sad day today, but what are you going to do? Life is not fair sometimes." The next day against the Dallas Stars, Selänne went on to score three goals, his 19th hat trick, the previous one coming six years before. Anaheim won the game, 5–1.

Selänne tied the Anaheim franchise record for goals (previously held by Paul Kariya) with his 300th in a Ducks jersey on February 17, 2007, when he flipped a second-period power-play goal past Mathieu Garon in a game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. One night later, Selänne took sole possession of the franchise record, scoring his 301st goal with Anaheim with a power-play goal at Honda Centermarker in Anaheim in the second consecutive game against the Kings.

With two goals against the Vancouver Canucks on March 11, 2007, Selänne became the first player over the age of 35 to record consecutive 40-goal seasons. The two goals, both on the power-play, moved Selänne into a tie with Hall of Famermarker Frank Mahovlich on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list at 533, the 26th highest total in the league's history. Finally, they gave him 107 power-play goals in a Ducks uniform, moving him into a tie for the franchise record with Kariya. Selänne removed his former linemate from the record book with a power-play goal in a victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 16, taking over sole possession on the Anaheim franchise record. Selänne's two-goal effort against Chicago also moved him past Mahovlich, for sole possession of 26th place on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list.

Selänne completed the 2006–2007 NHL regular season with 48 goals (third best in the league) and became the first player in NHL history over the age of 35 to record consecutive seasons with 40-plus goals. He also led the NHL with 25 power-play goals, tying the Anaheim club record that he set in 1998–1999. His 10 game-winning goals tied him for the most in that category this season. He failed, however, to become the oldest player of all time with a 50-goal NHL season (he was 36 that campaign; 35-year-old Johnny Bucyk scored 51 goals for the 1970-71 Boston Bruins).

With an assist on a goal by François Beauchemin in Game 2 of the Ducks opening round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild on April 13, 2007, Selänne picked up his 30th playoff point in an Anaheim jersey – establishing a new franchise record. The Ducks would go on to defeat the Ottawa Senators in 5 games in the Stanley Cup Finals, giving the team and Selänne their first Stanley Cup championship.

Selänne considered retirement after he and the Ducks had won the Stanley cup in 2007. However, he did not announce his retirement, and in December he told a Finnish tabloid Iltalehti that he will announce his decision in January 2008. On January 28, Selänne signed a one-year contract with the Ducks for the remainder of the 2007–08 NHL season. On February 12, he tied Paul Kariya for most points in franchise history after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche. On February 17, he passed Paul Kariya when he scored his 670th point over the Calgary Flames. On February 24, Selänne earned his 20th career hat trick against the Chicago Blackhawks, increasing his career goals total to 546, placing him 25th on the all-time list, bypassing his idol Maurice 'Rocket' Richard. He was named the NHL's "First Star of the Week" for the week ending February 24. The game also gave him his 600th career assist.

On September 28, 2008, Selänne signed a two-year, $5.25 million contract with the Ducks.

On October 29, 2008, Selänne scored his 21st career hat-trick, the most amongst active players, setting a new franchise-record 12 for career hat-tricks. All of his three goals came on power-play when the Ducks beat the Detroit Red Wings in over-time 5-4. Selänne is now two hat-tricks behind Jari Kurri, who has 23.

On October 31, 2008, Selänne increased his goal total to 560, tying with Guy Lafleur for 20th place on the all-time list.

On December 19, 2008, Selänne suffered an injury to his left quad muscle from his own skate after taking a hit from Denis Grebeshkov of the Edmonton Oilers. On January 28, 2009, Selänne came back off his injury and played with the Ducks against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Ducks lost that game 3-2 but since then Selänne has gotten 27 points including 13 goals and 14 assists.

On April 16, 2009, the Ducks made it to the playoffs as the 8th seed. The Ducks defeated the Sharks in 6 games where Selänne contributed 1 goal and 1 assist. Then the Ducks faced the Red Wing where the Ducks were eliminated in 7 games where Selänne contributed 3 goals and 1 assist.

On June 27, 2009, Selänne announced that he would return with the Ducks for the 2009-10 season, after which Teemu says he will retire, stating a man at his age does not belong in a league like the NHL.

On July 9, 2009, the Montreal Canadiens' captain, Selänne's countryman and a long term linemate in the national team, Saku Koivu, signed with the Ducks.

On October 8, 2009, Selänne scored twice against the Boston Bruins. Just two days after, on October 10, Selänne scored two goals and added a shootout winner against the Philadelphia Flyers, leading his team to its second victory in the fourth game of the season. As of November 28, 2009, Selänne has scored 593 NHL career goals and is only 8 goals behind Jari Kurri's Finnish record of 601 NHL career goals, while there are 65 regular season games left this season.

International

Together with Saku Koivu and Jere Lehtinen, Selänne has formed the backbone of Team Finland during his reign.

Selänne played for Team Finland in the 1991 World Championships and was one of the top scorers in the tournament with 11 points, behind only Mats Sundin and Jari Kurri. He also played in the 1991 Canada Cup where Team Finland qualified for the semi-finals for the first time. In 1992 Albertville Olympics the defending silver medalists from Calgary had to settle for a disappointing seventh place after losing to the Unified Team in the quarter finals 6-to-1. Selänne was top scorer for his team with 11 points. After a long season he chose not to participate in the 1992 World Championships, but Team Finland still managed to capture its first ever medal at the World Championship level.

In 1996, Selänne played his second World Championship tournament, and also in the World Cup of Hockey, his team finising fifth both times.

Selänne was paired up with Koivu from 1998 Nagano Olympics where they were the tournament's joint top scorers. Finland beat Team Canada in the bronze medal game 3-to-2. Selänne sat out the game after he got injured in the semifinal game against Russia.

In the 1999 World Championships he was again paired with Koivu. Finland was beaten by the Czechs in the final games. With 11 points, he finished second in scoring, 5 points behind Koivu. Both were elected to the Tournament All-Star lineup and Selänne also received the tournament's best player -award.

Selänne's next duty came in 2002 when Winter Olympics took place in Salt Lake Citymarker USA. Due to absence of Koivu, who was battling against cancer at the time, Selänne was named the captain of Team Finland but was unable to carry the team to a great success. The team was crushed by Team USA in the first match but they made it to the medal round, only to get knocked out by the eventual gold medalists, Team Canada. This left Finland in sixth place.

A year later the World Championships of Ice hockey were held in Finland and as the Sharks failed to qualify for playoffs Selänne saw his opportunity to help Finland. This was his second tournament at home soil, but together with Koivu he was unable to bring home a medal, clinching a 5th spot. Again, he managed to score 11 points and was tournaments leading goal scorer with eight goals.

Selänne's second World Cup of Hockey opportunity came in 2004 but his knee was not at its best. He tallied only 4 points in six games. Finland won the silver medal, losing to Team Canada in the final 3-to-2.

In 2006, the Olympics were held in Torinomarker. As previously, Selänne was paired up with Koivu and Lehtinen. Team Finland put up a 19–2 goal difference in the group stage. Finland came up short against Sweden in the final game. Selänne was once again the joint top scorer with Koivu and also tied for most goals with fellow Finn Olli Jokinen. Selänne and Koivu were named in the Tournament All-Star lineup and Selänne was elected the best forward in the tournament.

In summer of 2007, Selänne announced his retirement from Finnish national team play stating that there is room for only one "Raipe".

It was announced that Teemu Selänne had said "yes" to Doug Shedden's invitation to join the Finnish National team for the 2008 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament, therefore coming out from his International Retirement.

After the 2008 Championship tournament, Selänne announced that he will re-retire from international competition. However, before signing to a two-year deal with the Ducks on 28th of September 2008, Selänne was contemplating to play in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouvermarker.

Selänne has appeared a total of 124 games during his time for the National Team.

Personal

Selänne married Sirpa Vuorinen on July 19, 1996. They have four children: sons Eemil, Eetu and Leevi, and a daughter Veera Johanna (b. December 5, 2007).They are residents of Coto de Cazamarker, Californiamarker, a gated community in southern Orange Countymarker.

Selänne is known as an avid car collector (he's one of the few people that own an Enzo Ferrari), golfer and auto racing fan. He has even entered WRC rally events in his home country of Finland. He usually races under the pseudonym "Teukka Salama" which loosely translates as "Tommy Lightning".

Before arriving in the NHL Selänne taught kindergarten for three years in Finland.

His mother's name is Liisa.

The "Finnish Flash" was once voted Finlandmarker's sexiest man by readers of Finnish magazine Eeva.

Selanne spent two years at business school.

Records

  • NHL single-season record for goals by a rookie (76 in 1992–93)
  • NHL single-season record for points by a rookie (132 in 1992–93)
  • NHL single season record for most goals by a European player (76 in 1992–93 tied with Alexander Mogilny)
  • NHL calendar month record for most goals (20 in March 1993)
  • Anaheim Ducks franchise record for career points (743)
  • Anaheim Ducks franchise record for career goals (352)
  • Anaheim Ducks franchise record for career assists (391)
  • Anaheim Ducks franchise record for career power-play goals (110, established February 24, 2008)
  • Anaheim Ducks franchise record for career hat-tricks (12 as of October 31, 2008)
  • Anaheim Ducks franchise playoff record for points scored (30, established April 13, 2007)
  • Anaheim Ducks single-season record for power-play goals (25, established in 1998–1998 and tied in 2006–2007)
  • Anaheim Ducks single-season record for points (109, established in 1996–1997)
  • Anaheim Ducks single-season record for goals (52, established 1997–1998)
  • Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes single-season record for goals (76, established 1992–1993) (as a rookie)
  • Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes single-season record for points (132, established 1992–1993) (as a rookie)
  • First European to score a hat-trick in an NHL All-Star game (1998)


Awards



Transactions



Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Jokerit Jr. Fin-Jr. 33 10 12 22 8
1987–88 Jokerit Jr. Fin-Jr. 33 43 23 66 18 5 4 3 7 2
1988–89 Jokerit Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 8 8 16 4
1989–90 Jokerit SM-l 11 4 8 12 0
1990–91 Jokerit SM-l 42 33 25 58 12
1991–92 Jokerit SM-l 44 39 23 62 20 10 10 7 17 18
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 84 76 56 132 45 6 4 2 6 2
1993–94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 51 25 29 54 22
1994–95 Jokerit SM-l 20 7 12 19 6
1994–95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 45 22 26 48 2
1995–96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 51 24 48 72 18
1995–96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 28 16 20 36 4
1996–97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 78 51 58 109 34 11 7 3 10 4
1997–98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 73 52 34 86 30
1998–99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 75 47 60 107 30 4 2 2 4 2
1999–00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 33 52 85 12
2000–01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 61 26 33 59 36
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 12 7 6 13 0 6 0 2 2 0
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 29 25 54 40 12 5 3 8 2
2002–03 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 28 36 64 30
2003–04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 16 16 32 32 10 0 3 3 2
2004–05 Jokerit SM-l
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 40 50 90 44 16 6 8 14 2
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 48 46 94 82 21 5 10 15 10
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 26 12 11 23 8 6 2 2 4 6
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 65 27 27 54 36 13 4 2 6 4
NHL totals 1132 579 633 1212 505 105 35 37 72 40
SM-liiga totals 117 83 68 151 38 10 10 7 17 18


International play

Played for Finland in:

International statistics
Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Finland WC 10 6 5 11 2
1991 Finland CC 6 1 1 2 2
1992 Finland Oly 8 7 4 11 6
1996 Finland WC 6 5 3 8 0
1996 Finland WCH 4 3 2 5 0
1998 Finland Oly 5 4 6 10 8
1999 Finland WC 10 3 8 11 2
2002 Finland Oly 4 3 0 3 2
2003 Finland WC 7 8 3 11 2
2004 Finland WCH 6 1 3 4 4
2006 Finland Oly 8 6 5 11 4
2008 Finland WC 9 3 4 7 12
WC totals 42 23 23 46 18
OLY totals 25 20 15 35 20
WCH totals 16 5 6 11 6
INT totals 124 66 65 131 91


See also



References

  1. NHL Regular Season Records-Scoring by a Rookie
  2. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/stats?playerId=628
  3. http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/stats?playerId=839
  4. NHL.com - Players
  5. Campbell, Tim. "Selanne Glad to Miss Wake." Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1996.
  6. "Selanne Denies Report That He Might Request Trade." San Jose Mercury News, 3 March 2003.
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  9. 10-Time All-Star Teemu Selanne to Rejoin Ducks
  10. Anaheim Ducks - Recap: Calgary @ Anaheim - 02/17/2008:
  11. Anaheim Ducks - News: Selanne Named NHL's First Star of the Week - 02/25/2008
  12. Ducks' high-scoring trio tops week's 'Three Stars' 11/03/2008
  13. Ducks' Getzlaf, Perry, Selanne share first star of the week
  14. Recap: Vancouver @ Anaheim - 31/10/2008
  15. Ducks' Selänne to miss 4-6 weeks with quad muscle injury
  16. [3]
  17. http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/31585314/ns/sports-nhl/
  18. http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283609
  19. Selänne says "yes" (article in Finnish), Jatkoaika.com, April 30, 2008, accessed April 30, 2008.
  20. Selänne retires from National Team (article in Finnish), Jatkoaika.com, May 18, 2008, accessed July 4, 2008.
  21. Sports: Selanne considers signing with Ducks for two seasons, September 19, 2008
  22. Selanne teaches us a lesson
  23. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=2631420&type=story/
  24. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/local-resident-skates-1621926-for-anaheim-ducks
  25. Selanne agrees to terms with Ducks
  26. Anaheim's All-Time Leading Scorer Officially Rejoins the Club


External links



Note: Teemu Selänne served as captain during most of the 1997–98 season when Paul Kariya was injured and out of the line-up



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