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Selanne is having fun in his final season

Dec 24, 2013, 9:02 PM EST

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin, left, congratulates right wing Teemu Selanne, of Finland, after Selanne scored during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) AP

If Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne has a regret with nearly half the 2013-14 campaign in the books, it’s that he only has four goals and 11 points in 30 games. Just because he’s 43 years old doesn’t mean he has thrown away his standards.

Of course, his team is winning and that’s kept his spirits up. He made it clear that this will be his final campaign and so far he’s enjoyed himself.

“Obviously when you know it’s going to be the last you enjoy every day and you see things differently, and you appreciate everything more and more,” Selanne told the Ducks’ website.

He’s averaging just 14:16 minutes per game at this point and gets the odd contest off. That’s in stark contrast to the leadership role he’s used to and that’s been an adjustment for him, but he’s determined to help the squad as much as he can in the hopes that the last thing he does as a player will be raising the Stanley Cup.

“We’re all excited,” Selanne said. “With how last year ended we knew there was unfinished business and this is the time to fix that.”

He’ll also have a chance at an Olympic medal with Finland. They don’t have the star power of some of the other teams, but Selanne sees that as an advantage because they won’t end up with players used to logging 20 minutes a game serving on the third or fourth line. Plus he has an outdoor game against the Los Angeles Kings at Dodger Stadium to look forward to.

When it’s all over, Selanne will be remembered as one of the NHL’s greats. Until then, he will keep focusing on improving his production and winning hockey games.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    One of the all time great people, nothing but a class act

    • joey4id - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      Yep! Actually ran into him the fall following the Ducks SC win. He was friendly with everyone around him sharing the triumph. He took as much time as the hockey fans wanted and just chatted.

  2. catif - Dec 25, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    class act

  3. proudliberal85392 - Dec 25, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I once saw Teemu at our granddaughter’s tournament in SoCal. He was a truly good guy who talked with everybody and gave the players lots of encouragement and support. He also gave my car, celebrating my favorite team and dubbed the “CoyoteMobile,” a big smile and thumbs up when our granddaughter’s team pointed it out to him.

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