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Selanne does something no 42-year-old has ever done before

Feb 11, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

Teemu Selanne #8 of the Anaheim Ducks at American Airlines Center on February 8, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
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It’s hard to believe that Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne is actually 42. After all, his age certainly hasn’t slowed his production.

Selanne had a goal and four points in Saturday’s 6-5 shootout victory over the St. Louis Blues — his second four-point contest in just 22 days. He’s is the only player to ever record two four-point contests at or beyond the age of 42, according to the Ducks and the Elias Sports Bureau.

Although the Finnish native is the first player to accomplish that feat twice, two other players had a single four-point contest after their 42nd birthday. Gordie Howe, who famously played into his 50s, scored a goal and registered three assists on Feb. 20, 1971 at the age of 42 and Hall of Famer Tim Horton had four assists on Jan. 15, 1972.

Through 11 games, Selanne now has 14 points. Amazingly, that makes this his best start since 1995-96, back when he was playing with the original Winnipeg Jets. His efforts on Saturday also put him into a tie with Adam Oates for 16th place on the NHL’s all-time points list with 1,420 in 1,352 career games.

  1. mamsy2000 - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Selanne is a hockey god. All class. I was fortunate enough to see his first ever game in Winnipeg, his record breaking 52nd goal and last years return to Winnipeg. The guy is ALL class and a refreshing change from some of today’s athletes more concerned with being “swaggy” than putting up numbers.
    I hope Selanne continues to play for another 10 years.

    • lsxphotog - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      You nailed it. I think that there should be an asterisk next to his induction that defines the word “class” or mentions his selfless playing style. He’s one of the greatest goal-scorers, play-makers, and leaders to have ever worn an NHL sweater. I’ve been fortune enough to meet him, and he was the nicest guy. Anaheim is lucky to have been blessed with his star power for so long. I’ll root for the Ducks in the West this one last year just for number 8.

  2. thecheeman - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Nothing to say really. Just wow. I remember back in highschool, there were like three years when the big influx of young Soviet and Euro talent came into the league. Selanne, Mogilny, Fedorov, Bure. All of them put up crazy numbers and were exciting. Some of them are already in the Hall of Fame now and Selanne is still putting up big numbers on a competitive team.

  3. jessejames182 - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    ” Selanne had a goal and four points in Saturday’s 6-5 shootout victory over Anaheim” typo sir, and I’m too lazy to look up who they actually played, so an update would be appreciated. Please and thank you.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Feb 11, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    All Hail Teemu Selanne!

  5. rsl22 - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Selanne is definitely getting it done.

    Boudreau will win his second Jack Adams trophy at this rate.

  6. rpiotr01 - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    The Finnish Flash, what a talent. Of all the big time european players who broke into the NHL in the early 90’s, who would have thought he’d be around this long and playing so well. Great hockey story.

  7. shortsxit34 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I thought he was going downhill and was about to retire like 7-8 years ago. Especially after Anaheim won the Cup in ’07.

    Every single year this guy proves me wrong. He’s shown no sign of slowing down…he’s simply a beast.

  8. hockeydon10 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    He belongs in that rare company of other players that are above and beyond great:


  9. chelseax11 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Seriously, between him and Koivu somebody needs to get out there and test the water. I don’t even believe Selanne is a real human. Him, St. Louis and Brodeur, man. They know what’s up. Like a fine wine they only get better with age.

  10. chasestern - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Hmmm. You had me until you mentioned St. Louis…

  11. soupy19 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Let me start off by saying, I think Teemu Selanne is an amazing hockey player and a seemingly a better person. But recent events has caused me to question every time an athlete does something exceptional as whether he is doping or not. Hockey is one of the most demanding physical sports in the world. How I am expected to believe that a 42 year old is somehow is still in the top 1% of his profession? I’m sorry but Lance Armstrong has destroyed all my faith in professional athletes. I think we’ve all earned the right to question every athlete who does something extraordinary. I really hope I’m wrong.

    • 19to77 - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Implying Teemu dopes is like talking about Fight Club.


    • chelseax11 - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Isn’t drug-testing part of the new CBA? If he continues at this pace I’m sure somebody will bring the question up. Honestly though, 10 or 11 games into the season isn’t that many games. If he’s still at this pace 35-40 games into the season and hasn’t slowed down I’ll be suspicious, but for right now I’m just gonna pretend to be naive and bask in the amazingness of Selanne’s hot start and hope it’s legit. I love a good fairytale and him having the season of his life makes a great ending to the story of his career.

  12. thecheeman - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I have to admit I was thinking the same thing about Jay Pandolfo. If 38 year-old Jay Pandolfo can somehow contribute to a championship-caliber Boston Bruins team after getting bought out by the Devils three years ago then picked up and let go by the Islanders, this is one hell of a story.

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