After a brilliant 21-year NHL career, an impressive start with his hometown Jokerit, and one of the greatest international careers in hockey history, Teemu Selänne has confirmed that he will not be making a “victory lap” with Jokerit, after retiring from the Anaheim Ducks at the end of last season.
The former Winnipeg, San Jose, Colorado and Anaheim right winger retires with a Calder, Rocket Richard and Masterson Trophy, as well as being a 10-time All-Star and winning the Stanley Cup in 2007. Selänne, who was also named Finnish player of the year eight times, retires having suited up for the Leijonat at a record six Olympics, becoming the all-time points leader in Olympic hockey, and being the oldest hockey player to medal, adding a bronze in 2014 to his 2006 silver and 1998 and 2010 bronzes. “The Finnish Flash” also played in five World Championships, the 1991 Canada Cup, and both the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Selänne joined the national team with the International Hockey Lineal Championship, first playing in an IHLC game when Finland brought the title to the 1991 Canada Cup. He most recently captained the 2014 Olympic team that too brought the IHLC to the Olympics in Sochi, retiring from the team following their bronze medal win over the United States. We wish Teemu and his family the very best for his retirement and the things to come!