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Biographical Info

A native of Helsinki, Finland, Teemu Selanne played 3 years of junior hockey in Jokerit’s development program, with his last season of junior in 1987/88 during which he scored 66 points in 33 games. This led to the Winnipeg Jets drafting Selanne with their 1st round pick, 10th overall in the 1988 NHL Draft. Selanne would then play 3 more seasons for Jokerit’s senior team competing in Finland’s top professional league before joining the Winnipeg Jets for the 1992/93 season. Selanne’s 1st NHL season was truly a magical one, as he set rookie records with 76 goals and 132 points.After 3 and a half seasons in Winnipeg, Selanne was traded to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on February 6th, 1996. In Anaheim, Selanne was put on a line with a young left-winger named Paul Kariya. In parts of 6 seasons with the Mighty Ducks, Selanne scored more points than games played in 5 seasons, including 2 seasons of 51 and 52 goals in 1996/97 and 1997/98. On March 5th, 2001, the Mighty Ducks traded Selanne to the San Jose Sharks, where he would spend 2 and a half seasons before joining the Colorado Avalanche for the 2003/04 season. After a disappointing 2003/04 campaign followed by the 2005 NHL lockout, Selanne returned to Anaheim for the 2005/06 season. Selanne would bounce back from previous disappointing seasons, scoring 90 points in 80 games, claiming the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy for his perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The following season, Selanne would follow up with 94 points in 82 games, as Selanne and the Ducks would win the 2007 Stanley Cup, defeating the Ottawa Senators in 5 games. Selanne sat out the first half of the following season, contemplating retirement.Selanne ultimately retuned to the Ducks in January of 2008 and would finish the season strong with 23 points in 26 games. Selanne would continue to play at a high level for the Anaheim Ducks for 6 more seasons, before retiring after Anaheim was eliminated from the 2014 NHL playoffs at the age of 43. On the international stage, Selanne appeared for Finland at 6 Olympic Games, and is the all time leading scorer at the Olympics, with 43 points. Selanne and his wife Sirpa, have 4 children and reside in Orange County, California.

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