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Finland selects Selanne as closing ceremonies flag bearer

Feb 23, 2014, 6:52 AM EDT

Teemu Selanne of Finland (8) takes a victory lap around the ice with his medal after he men's bronze medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Finland defeated the United States 5-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP

Teemu Selanne has played in his last Olympic game, but after leading the Finns to a bronze medal as the team captain and leading goal scorer, Finland has selected him for one final task.

The nation has named him as its flag bearer for the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Games, per the IIHF. That’s a big honor, but one he might not be able to partake in.

The problem is that the NHL flights will depart before Selanne would have that opportunity, according to the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle.

That being said, the Boston Bruins allowed defenseman Zdeno Chara to miss two games so that he could be Slovakia’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies, so it wouldn’t be unprecedented if Anaheim decided to do the same for Selanne. It’s also worth noting that while the NHL schedule resumes on Tuesday, the Ducks won’t play until Friday.


‘What a great ending’: Selanne caps off Olympic career in style

  1. joey4id - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    Very apropos!

  2. updownnsideways - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Well deserved for one of the greats of the sport.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      One of the greats? What has he ever done besides scoring 680 goals, winning a Stanley Cup and 4 Olympic medals in 6 Olympics, becoming the highest scoring male Olympian of all time, and set the NHL rookie goal-scoring record that may never be broken?

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