July 3, 1970 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||10th overall, 1988
Teemu Ilmari Selänne (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈteːmu ˈilmɑri ˈselænːe]) nicknamed "The Finnish Flash" (born July 3, 1970) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He formerly played with Jokerit of the SM-liiga and began his NHL career the Winnipeg Jets who selected him in the first round, 10th overall, at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Selänne has also played for the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche during a professional career that has spanned 25 years.
After leading the SM-liiga in scoring in 1991–92, Selänne broke into the NHL by scoring 76 goals in 1992–93. It remains the league record for most goals by a rookie and earned him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the top first-year player in the NHL. He has scored 50 goals in a season three times and topped 100 points on four occasions. Selänne is one of the highest scoring players in NHL history with nearly 700 goals and over 1,400 points during his career. He has played in 10 NHL All-Star Games, has been named to four post-season All-Star Teams and won the inaugural Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 1998–99 as the league's leading goal scorer. He won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2005–06 for perseverance and dedication to the game. He was a member of the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup championship team.
Internationally, Selänne has been a long-time member of the Finnish National Team. He has played in five World Championships, winning a silver and bronze medal, and in three Canada Cup/World Cup of Hockey tournaments. Selänne is a five-time Olympian, and helped Finland win two bronze medals and, in 2006, a silver medal. He is the all-time leader in scoring at the Olympic ice hockey tournament with 37 points in his career.
Selänne was born on July 3, 1970, in Helsinki, Finland. He has a twin brother, Paavo and another brother, Panu. He was raised by his mother Liisa Viitanen and step-father Ilmari Selänne until they divorced in the late 1980s; his biological father is unknown. The family lived for a time in Rauma before settling in Espoo around the time Teemu was 10 years old.
He played three sports as a youth: hockey, bandy and association football. Teemu played hockey and soccer with and against Paavo, though his brother ultimately gave up on both sports in favour of field hockey, where he was a member of numerous Finnish and European championship teams. Teemu was small as a youth, creating in him a competitive spirit and drive to improve his skills. Focusing on hockey, he joined the junior squad of Jokerit in Helsinki.
As a young adult, Selänne attended business school for two years and served a mandatory one-year stint with the Finnish Defence Forces. During his tenure with Jokerit, he also spent three years as a kindergarten teacher. His experiences visiting kids at Helsinki's children's hospital led to him co-founding the Godfather's Foundation, an organization that raises money for sick kids.
Selänne played three years of junior hockey in Jokerit's development program, culminating in a 43 goal, 66 point season in 1987–88, in 33 games, and a Finnish Junior A championship. His performance prompted the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Winnipeg Jets to select him with their first round selection, 10th overall, at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Selänne attended training camp with the Jets, but knew he would return to Finland owing to his military service.
After graduating from junior hockey, Selänne joined Jokerit's senior team in the 1. Divisioona in 1988–89 and scored 69 points in 35 games. Jokerit moved up to the SM-liiga in 1989–90, and while Selänne missed the majority of the season due to a leg injury, he scored 12 points in 11 games played. Playing a full season in 1990–91, Selänne scored 33 goals and 58 points in 42 games. He was named the recipient of the Raimo Kilpiö trophy as the league's most gentlemanly player. Selänne's best season in the SM-liiga came in 1991–92 when he recorded 62 points in 44 games. His 39 goals led the league and earned him Aarne Honkavaara trophy. He added 17 points in 10 playoff games as Jokerit won the Kanada-malja as the SM-liiga playoff champion.
Winnipeg Jets (1992–96)Edit
The Jets' organizational philosophy at the time was to allow their European draft picks to develop in their native countries, but by 1991, the franchise was working to bring him to Winnipeg. As Selänne had not yet signed a contract when he chose to play in North America for the 1992–93 NHL season, he was considered a restricted free agent. The Calgary Flames signed him to an offer sheet on a three-year contract worth $2.7 million – $1.5 million above what the Jets had been offering. Though concerned about paying such a high salary, Winnipeg exercised its right to match the offer. Selänne made his NHL debut on October 6, 1992, and recorded two assists in a 4–1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. He scored his first NHL goal two nights later against goaltender Jeff Hackett of the San Jose Sharks.
Selänne scored his first career hat trick in his fifth contest and had 11 goals in his first 12 NHL games. He finished the season with 16 multi-goal games, including four hat tricks and a four-goal game en route to breaking the NHL record for goals by a rookie. He broke Mike Bossy's record of 53 goals on March 2, 1993, against the Quebec Nordiques and on March 23, scored his 110th point, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, to break Peter Stastny's rookie points record. Selänne finished the season tied for fifth in scoring with 132 points, and his 76 goals tied with Alexander Mogilny for the league lead. His offensive exploits helped pull the Jets into the 1993 Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they lost a first-round matchup to the Vancouver Canucks. In recognition of his season, Selänne was voted the recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy as rookie of the year, was named to the First All-Star Team and played in his first of ten career NHL All-Star Games. His performance that season earned him the nickname "The Finnish Flash".
Unable to maintain a similar pace in 1993–94, Selänne's offensive production declined by 30 percent midway through the season. He scored his 100th career goal on January 12, 1994, against the Buffalo Sabres. He reached the milestone in his 130th game, the second fastest in NHL history and only one game later than Bossy. Selänne finished the season with 54 points in 51 games, but missed the final 33 games of the season after suffering a severed Achilles tendon in a January 26 game against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. The 1994–95 NHL lockout resulted in Selänne splitting the season between Jokerit and the Jets. While playing in Finland, Selänne was named to the tournament all-star team as Jokerit won the 1995 European Cup.
Selänne's career in Winnipeg came to an end midway through the 1995–96 season. He was leading the Jets with 72 points when, on February 6, 1996, he was traded to Anaheim. The Mighty Ducks sent first-round draft picks Chad Kilger and Oleg Tverdovsky, along with a third round selection at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Selanne, Marc Chouinard and a fourth round draft pick. Selänne was upset when notified of the deal during practice and left the Winnipeg Arena without speaking to anyone.
Anaheim, San Jose, and Colorado (1996–2005)Edit
Following a period of adjustment, Selänne gained an appreciation for his new team; he quickly came to call the deal the best thing that ever happened to him. He was paired with Paul Kariya, whom he met at the 1996 NHL All-Star Game, and the duo were counted on to lead the young franchise to a post-season berth for the first time. Selänne scored 36 points in 28 games with the Ducks, and combined with his Jets totals, finished the 1995–96 season with 108. He followed it up with a third 100-point season in 1996–97, finishing with 109, including 51 goals. He was named to the First All-Star Team for a second time, while he and Kariya led the Mighty Ducks into their first playoff appearance in 1997. Despite being criticized as being a "one-line team", Anaheim defeated the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round before being eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings.
The 1997 All-Star Game was his fifth, and after scoring a hat trick, Selänne became the first European player to be named most valuable player in the game's 46-year history. He finished the 1997–98 season with his third career 50-goal season; his total of 52 tied Peter Bondra for the league lead, and scored his 500th career point on January 12, 1998, with an assist against the Los Angeles Kings. He was a finalist for both the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player (finishing third) and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for gentlemanly conduct (as the runner-up), and was named to the Second All-Star Team. The NHL created the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 1998–99 to be presented to the league's leading goal scorer. Selänne became its inaugural winner following a 47-goal season.
An 85-point season followed in 1999–2000, and he was the Mighty Ducks' leading scorer with 59 points through 61 games in 2000–01. However, Anaheim sat in last place in the Western Conference, and on March 5, 2001, chose to make a trade. Selänne was sent to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jeff Friesen, Steve Shields, and a second-round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His debut with the Sharks was delayed by two weeks as he underwent minor surgery to remove loose cartilage in his knee the following day. After finishing the season with 13 points in 12 games with San Jose, Selänne led the Sharks with 29 goals in 2001–02. He also led the team in both goals (28; tied) and points (64) in 2002–03. As the Sharks fell out of the playoff race, they looked to make changes; the New Jersey Devils sought to acquire Selänne, but he exercised a no trade clause in his contract and blocked the deal.
Selänne then declined an option in his contract that would have paid $6.5 million in 2003–04 and instead opted to sign a one-year, $5.8 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche, where he was joined by former Anaheim teammate Paul Kariya. The pair opted to sign with the Avalanche together in the belief it was their best chance at winning the Stanley Cup. Their hope failed to materialize, as Selänne endured a disastrous season in which he scored only 16 goals and 32 points – the lowest totals of his career to that date – and was ultimately relegated to Colorado's fourth line, but was also held out of the lineup as a healthy scratch during a playoff game. He struggled throughout the year with knee problems that ultimately required surgery, his third such procedure, and with the 2004–05 season canceled by a labour dispute, took the season off to recover.
Return to AnaheimEdit
A free agent when the NHL resumed play in 2005–06, Selänne opted to return to Anaheim and signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Mighty Ducks. During a resurgent season, he scored his 1,000th career point on January 30, 2006, with a goal in a 4–3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Selänne completed the season with 40 goals and 90 points, both of which led the Mighty Ducks, and he was named the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for dedication and perseverance.
After reaching the Western Conference final in the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the newly renamed Anaheim Ducks entered the 2006–07 season with high expectations; the team brought Selänne back with a one-year, $3.75 million contract. He reached several milestones during the season: Selänne became the 36th player in NHL history, and second Finn after Jari Kurri, to score 500th goals, on November 22m 2006, against the Colorado Avalanche.. On December 31, he played his 1,000th NHL game. As part of a season in which he again led Anaheim in goals (48) and points (94), Selänne played in his 10th All-Star Game in 2007, and scored his first hat trick in six years, and 19th of his career, on January 12, 2007, the same day he spoke with a friend in Finland with terminal cancer and whom asked to be sent the game puck if Selänne had a three-goal game. Finally, he scored his 301st goal as a Duck on February 18, 2007, to break Paul Kariya's franchise record.
Early in the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Selänne became Anaheim's all-time leading playoff scorer when he recorded his 30th point as a Duck with an assist on April 13 against the Minnesota Wild. The Ducks defeated the Wild, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings to reach the 2007 Stanley Cup Final; it was the first time in Selänne's career that he played in the NHL's championship series. As the sentimental favourite to win the Stanley Cup, his teammates motivated themselves to win the title for his benefit: Teammate and goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère noted: "we don't have any better teammate. He's a guy who always has fun. He deserves this and if we can help him along the way, that would be great. I'd just love to see Teemu win this thing." He finished the playoffs with 15 points in 21 games, and after 14 NHL seasons, the 36-year-old Selänne raised the Stanley Cup with his teammates after defeating the Ottawa Senators in five games.
Following the cup win, and at age 37, Selänne contemplated retirement; he remained undecided as the 2007–08 season began. He remained undecided – and as a free agent, out of the Ducks lineup – until he finally decided to return and signed a one-year contract with Anaheim on January 28, 2008. He made his return on February 5 against the New York Islanders, and the Ducks posted the league's best record following his return by winning 20 of 26 games. In his third game back, Selänne scored his 670th point as a member of the Ducks with an assist in a 4–2 victory over the Calgary Flames. With it, he broke Kariya's franchise record of 669.
Selänne returned to the Ducks in 2008–09 and signed a two-year contract. He missed several weeks of the season due to a quad muscle injury suffered when he was cut by his own skate following a hit by Denis Grebeshkov of the Edmonton Oilers, but appeared in 65 games and scored 54 points. He played his 1,100th game during the season, became the sixth European player to score 1,200 career points and appeared in his 100th career playoff game. Selänne reached additional milestoens in 2009–10, as he became the 18th player in NHL history to score 600 goals, accomplishing the feat on March 21, 2010, against the Colorado Avalanche and upon scoring his 602nd goal on April 2, against the Vancouver Canucks, he surpassed childhood idol Jarri Kurri.
Selänne finished eighth in league scoring in 2010–11 with 31 goals and 49 assists in 73 games. His 80 points was the third highest in NHL history by a player over the age of 40 (Gordie Howe, 103 and Johnny Bucyk, 83). He also scored his 1,300th point, achieving the mark with a two-goal performance on January 16, 2011, against the Edmonton Oilers. Questions about whether Selänne would return for another NHL season had become an annual topic of discussion, and his decision to return for 2011–12 was delayed by a knee operation that left him uncertain if he would be capable of playing. Selänne appeared in every game for the Ducks, the oldest player in NHL history to play an entire 82-game season, and led the Ducks with 66 points. Sixteen years after the original Jets relocated, a new Winnipeg Jets franchise joined the league, and fans in the Manitoba capital continued to view Selänne as a local hero. In his first return to Winnipeg, he was cheered by exuberant fans who booed every other Ducks player. Selänne was named to the Western Conference roster for the 2012 NHL All-Star Game, but declined his invitation and asked the league to instead send his teammate Cory Perry.
Following a 24-point effort in the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Selänne announced that 2013–14 would be his 21st and final season of his NHL career. He missed several games early in the season after he was struck in the face by an errant stick that knocked out several teeth and required 40 stitches to close cuts.
Selänne at the 2010 Winter Olympics
|Competitor for Finland|
Selänne's international debut came with the Finnish national junior team. He recorded 16 points in six games at the 1988 European Junior Championship and was named to the tournament all-star team. After participating in the 1989 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships for the sixth place Finns, Selänne made his debut with the senior team at the 1991 World Championship where he finished third in tournament scoring with 11 points for the fifth place finishers. After playing in the 1991 Canada Cup, he made his Olympic debut at the 1992 Albertville Games. Selänne tied for the tournament scoring lead with seven goals, and was tied for fourth in overall scoring at 11 points.
It was four years before Selänne returned to international play; he appeared in the 1996 World Championship and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and averaged over one point per game in both tournaments as Finland finished fifth each time. At the 1998 Winter Olympics, Selänne finished with 10 points in five games. He was the tournament's leading scorer on a Finnish team that he described in 2003 as the best he ever played on and the best in the tournament, but lost the semifinal, 7–4 to Russia. He suffered an abdominal muscle injury that prevented him from playing in the third place game, which Finland won 3–2 over Canada; Selänne and his teammates ended the tournament as the bronze medal winners.
The Finns finished one position higher at the 1999 World Championship; The tournament's medal round was conducted in a two-game series format followed by a ten-minute sudden victory overtime if the each team wins one game. Finland and Sweden split their semifinal, but the Finns advanced to the final in the overtime period after Selänne set up Marko Tuomainen's winning goal. Finland settled for the silver medal after losing the final to the Czech Republic, also in a sudden victory period. Selanne finished the tournament with 11 points, was named to the all-star team and was voted the most valuable player of the World Championship.
Selänne served as the Finnish captain at the 2002 Winter Olympics and led his nation to an important preliminary round victory over Russia, however he had only three goals and no assists in four games as the Finns finished in sixth place. The World Championship was held in Finland, and the hosts were hailed as the favourite to win the title. Though Selänne led the tournament with eight goals, Finland lost their quarterfinal match against Sweden and finished fifth overall.
Selänne's second World Cup opportunity came in 2004, but a nagging knee injury knee hindered his performance. He tallied only four points in six games. Finland won the silver medal, losing 3–2 to Canada in the final.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Selänne was again teamed up with Captain Koivu and Lehtinen. 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 of the tournament.
In summer 2007, after his fourth Olympic appearance Selänne announced his retirement from Finnish national team play, stating that there is room for only one "Raipe", in reference to Raimo Helminen. However, Selänne accepted Doug Shedden's invitation to join the Finnish national team for the World Championship, coming out from his short-lived international retirement. After the 2008 World Championship, Selänne once again announced his retirement from international competition.
Despite his earlier plans for retirement from international competition, at the beginning of the 2008–09 NHL season, Selänne contemplated playing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Coming out of international retirement once again, Selänne joined the Finnish team for the 2010 Winter Olympics, serving as an alternate captain this time to Saku in his fifth Olympic appearance. At the tournament, he became the all-time leader for points scored in the Olympics. In Finland's first game of the tournament, played against Belarus, Selänne had an assist, which tied him in first place with Valeri Kharlamov of Russia, Vlastimil Bubník of the former Czechoslovakia, and Harry Watson of Canada, all of whom have 36 points in Olympic competition. In Finland's second game, against Germany, Selänne had another assist, giving him a total of 37 points throughout his Olympic career.
Selänne is one of only seven ice hockey players (a list which also includes Lehtinen and Helminen) who have appeared in at least five Olympic Games.
Selänne married Sirpa Vuorinen on July 19, 1996. They have four children: sons Eemil, Eetu and Leevi, and a daughter Veera. They are residents of Coto de Caza, California, a gated community in southern Orange County.
Selänne is known as an avid car collector (he is one of the few people who owns an Enzo Ferrari), golfer and auto racing fan. He has entered the World Rally Championship (WRC) twice, finishing the Rally Finland 33rd overall in 1997 and 24th overall in 1998.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Did not play||—||Season not played due to 2004–05 NHL lockout|
|2005–06||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim||NHL||80||40||50||90||44||16||6||8||14||2|
Awards and honoursEdit
|Raimo Kilpiö trophy
Most gentlemanly player in the SM-liiga
|SM-liiga All-Star Team||1990–91
|Aarne Honkavaara trophy
Leading goal-scorer in the SM-liiga
|Finnish ice hockey player of the year||1993, 1996
|Calder Memorial Trophy
Rookie of the year
|NHL All-Rookie Team||1992–93|||
|First Team All-Star||1992–93
|Played in NHL All-Star Game||1993, 1994
WPG - Most three star selections
|Second Team All-Star||1997–98
|Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Dedication and perseverance
|Stanley Cup champion||2006-07|||
|EJC All-Star Team||1988|||
|World Championship Most Valuable Player||1999|||
|World Championship All-Star Team||1999|||
|Best Forward of the Olympic Games||2006|||
|Olympic All-Star Team||2006|||
- Winter Olympic Games all-time points leader (37)
- 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 (961)
- Anaheim Ducks franchise record for career goals (448)
- Anaheim Ducks franchise record for career assists (513)
- Anaheim Ducks franchise record for career power-play goals (178)
- Anaheim Ducks franchise record for career hat-tricks (13, as of April 6, 2011)
- Anaheim Ducks franchise playoff record for points scored (63)
- Anaheim Ducks single-season record for power-play goals (25, established in 1998–1999 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)
- First player in NHL history over the age of 35 to record consecutive seasons with 40-plus goals
- One of only three European-trained players, along with Jaromír Jágr (681) and fellow Finn Jari Kurri (601), to score more than 600 goals (675), a record for Finnish NHL players
- Most recent NHL player, along with Mogilny, to score 70 goals in a season
- First player in NHL history with four score-tying goals in the final 3:00 of the third period in one season
- First player in NHL history age 40-or-older to record three goals and five points (or more) in a single game
- Oldest player to score 45 or more goals in one season (48, 2006-2007)
- Oldest player in NHL history to score a shootout goal
- Oldest NHL player to collect 20 goals or more in one season
- Oldest NHL player to record 4 points in one game twice in one season
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