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Teemu Selanne is the 2014 Winter Olympics MVP

Feb 23, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

Finland forward Teemu Selanne celebrates with teammates after receiving their bronze medals after defeating the USA 5-0 in the men's bronze medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) AP

Teemu Selanne has been one of the most dominant hockey players to ever participate in the Winter Olympics and at the age of 43, he added one final accomplishment to the list.

After leading a battered Finnish squad to a bronze medal, Selanne has been named the most valuable player for the 2014 Winter Games, per the IIHF.

The Finnish Flash scored 24 goals and 43 points in 37 career Olympic contests and while 2014 wasn’t his most prolific tournament offensively, he certainly made his mark with four goals and six points in six games, including two markers in the bronze medal contest against the United States. Knowing this would be his last Olympics, Selanne also wore the ‘C’ for the first time.

“Usually I’m [alternate] captain and a lot of times if they have asked if I want to be captain, I don’t really need a letter to be a leader,” Selanne explained to NHL.com before the tournament started. “A lot of times it’s better if somebody else going to be [captain]. But now it’s my last one, this time I felt it’s time to be captain and I’m very honored.”

Selanne led a combination of veterans like Sami Salo and Kimmo Timonen and promising youngsters like Olli Maatta and Mikael Granlund. He also helped his nation whether quite a bit of adversity as they lost Mikko Koivu and Valtteri Filppula before the Olympics started and then Aleksander Barkov after just two games.

He will walk away with four Olympic medals and the record of being the oldest medal winner in the history of men’s hockey.

A fitting end to a tremendous career on the international stage.

  1. lowenni - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Everyone should see this gif of Selanne after winning the bronze. It pretty much sums everything up in a couple of words and facial expressions:

    http://lemonbrees.tumblr.com/post/77509470494/x

  2. rebekah319 - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    TEEMU ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. thesportsjudge - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    “Teemu Selanne has been one of the most dominate hockey players to ever”

    Shouldn’t it read dominant?

    • thesportsjudge - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Lol. A thumbs-down must mean the commenter didn’t see it when it was incorrect.

  4. crazemastercraze - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Totally deserves it. If you looked up hockey in the dictionary he should be the picture representing the sport

  5. angrytwitterguy - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Pretty sure Carey Price wouldn’t agree with anyone about to say Carey Price. The team made his job, I don’t want to say easy, but they played the best 200 feet game we might ever see a team play.

  6. patthehockeyfan - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    What a way to finish (and Finnish) a career! Congrats to Teemu!!

  7. bucrightoff - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Teemu is a legend, he deserves all the accolades he gets. Maybe the most liked player in hockey history.

  8. deezenucks - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Class act and an ageless wonder, had a great Olympics but IMO it feels like a good send off for Teemu when in reality Doughty deserves the MVP. Clutch all tourny on the gold medal team.

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      I don’t disagree about Doughty. He excelled in the Games.

      I think the IIHF got a little sentimental here. It was a ‘feel good’ pick, and I’m not sorry or bitter that they picked Selanne.

      Doughty will just have to pick up the accolade in 2018.

    • jennettalia - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      I don’t think Doughty was even in the running. Karlsson was selected as the best D-man.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        I thumbed you down just because of your name.

    • avscup - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      Canada wins the gold without Doughty. Finland does not make the medal round without Selanne. Case closed!

  9. chanceoffleury - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    What a guy! And what an ending to an incredible international career! The NHL, and really hockey in general, should be honored that such a sincerely good person has graced the sport for the last 20+ years. The fact he sets such a great example in everything he does not just on the ice, but off it as well, makes him a rare breed.

    The last 2 or 3 years, even when he said it was maybe his final year, I never really believed him. But this year I believe it is without a doubt 100% for real. The overly emotional girl is gonna come out hard when he plays his last game. I’m gonna cry like a baby, for sure! As sad as I was to see USA lose, whenever they showed him getting his medal and hugging people and everything after was when I started to tear up. I’m a sucker for a happy ending!

  10. c9castine - Feb 23, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    appropriate i thought they were going to be like the NHL and give it to Sid just because he won.

  11. anthj99 - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    There isn’t many guys with more class, grace, and selflessness than this guy. He is a gift to the game and true role model.

  12. joewilliesshnoz - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Nice job, Teemu !

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