Teemu Selanne is a Finnish right winger on the Anaheim Ducks.
Selanne was drafted 10th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1988. Before coming to the NHL, he played four more seasons with Jokerit in the SM-liiga. In ’92, he came to Winnipeg and set an NHL record with 76 goals and 132 points his rookie season. He returned to Jokerit during the first NHL lockout in ’94-95, but came back to Winnipeg as soon as NHL play resumed. He was traded to Anaheim in 1996, where he was paired with superstar Paul Kariya on the first line. He was the top scorer in the league a number of times while playing with Kariya, and the two of them helped carry an otherwise weak team to the playoffs a couple of times. He was traded to San Jose in 2001, where he had two slow seasons before taking a paycut to team up with Kariya again, this time in Colorado. Unfortunately time and age had taken their toll on the two of them, and they failed to produce at the level of expected of them. He re-signed with Anaheim in 2005, after the lockout. He scored his 500th career NHL goal in 2006, the same year he would play in his 1000th game. Selanne won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, and nearly retired. He came back to sign with Anaheim early in the 2008-09 season, and currently sits 25th among all-time NHL goal scorers.
Selanne has had an extensive international career for Team Finland, playing in 11 tournaments. He received two bronze medals for the ’98 Olympics and the 2008 World Championships. He also won three silver medals at the ’99 World Championships, the 2004 World Cup and the 2006 Olympics. He has been an NHL All-Star many times, and currently has over 500 goals, 600 assists and 1000 points in under 1100 NHL games.
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