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Selanne may retire if season lost

Nov 22, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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One of the hockey’s most popular players, both on and off the ice, is pondering retirement as the NHL lockout drags on.

Because at 42 years old, Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne has better things to do than practice and scrimmage.

“A lot of times when I drive to the rink here and I know there’s only four of five guys skating, I’m thinking, ‘Right now, I’d like to call and say I’m done,’” Selanne  told the O.C. Register on Wednesday. “This is enough right now. I’m old enough to do something else and not play with the kids.

“Next time, I feel like I want to wait and see what happens. I have played so many games, so many years. This is not a big thing for me. If I have to retire like this, I’m still going to be a happy camper. But this is a sad way to go out, this way.”

Indeed, it would be sad. Not that he’d disappear forever. He’d still get to walk out on a red carpet some night and wave good-bye, and of course there will be his Hall of Fame induction ceremony in a few years.

But that’s not the same as, say, Wayne Gretzky’s last NHL game at Madison Square Garden.

The greats should go out on their own terms.

“The last lockout, there were 240 players who never played another shift in the NHL,” Selanne said. “Obviously if they’re going to (cancel) the whole season, there’s going to be a lot more players this time.

“Obviously I don’t know my situation but right now it’s very hard to even think about the year after this.”

  1. bostonboy82 - Nov 22, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Sad way for such an awesome player to end his career.

  2. id4joey - Nov 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Teemu is one of the good guys. He has a good life in OC playing golf with his buddies and hanging out with the kids. He’s had a great run, and he’s healthy. Though he’s in great shape I would have to say, It’s time.

  3. raysfan1 - Nov 22, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    It’s a sham that a great player would have to see his career end not on the ice but as a victim of a labor situation by a group of owners and a union that were (a) stupid enough to tank an entire season instead of finding some common ground, (b) as a result their sport is no longer a regular on network TV as is once was, (c) drove away all casual fans, and (d) obviously didn’t learn a damn thing.

    • raysfan1 - Nov 22, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Shame, not sham

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