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Video: Ducks fans salute Selanne’s final regular season game

Apr 13, 2014, 11:58 PM EDT

Considering the fact that the Anaheim Ducks took the top spot in the Western Conference, fans won’t see the last of Teemu Selanne. Still, with the intensity and uncertainty of the postseason in mind, it makes sense that Ducks fans took the time to give “The Finnish Flash” their full attention in the team’s regular season finale on Sunday.

Actually, even the Colorado Avalanche took the time to tip their caps toward Selanne in an eventual 3-2 OT win for the Ducks.

Fans took plenty of opportunities to thank Selanne, including this moment:

It was also a special night for former Ducks goalie and current Avalanche backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who may have played in his final game. With that in mind, Selanne unsurprisingly gave “Jiggy” a slice of the spotlight (via captured by Eye on Hockey):

Thankfully, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau provided an extra laugh or two amid all the mushy stuff:

Selanne shared a sliver of the attention when he could, but there was no mistaking who was the man of the night there: Selanne was listed as the first, second and third star of the game.

Related: Devils fans say goodbye to Martin Brodeur, whose future is uncertain in New Jersey and the NHL

  1. roryflyers - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Awesome, what a class act.

  2. bilbono - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Am I the only one getting bummed seeing all of my childhood idols on the verge of retirement?

    Selanne, Jagr, Brodeur, Alfredsson…

    I don’t know if I can ever enjoy the NHL as much after this generation leaves. Makes me feel really old.

    • barkar942 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Eddie Giaccomin, Jean Ratelle, Rod Gilbert, Brad Park, Pete Stemkowski, Steve Vickers and more of my childhood idols retired a long time ago. (Guess that means I’m real old)!
      Don’t worry, bilbono, there will be others to create your adulthood memories!
      Teemu Selanne- class act all the way!

  3. govtminion - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    That was awesome. Great tribute by the Anaheim faithful, and for Selanne to pull Giguere out there for a last lap- and the fans still loving him as much as they obviously do there, judging from that ovation… Wow, that was just awesome.

    Congratulations to both of them on the end of fantastic careers… and considering the years their teams have had, there might be a bit more hardware for them to earn.

  4. deathbat20 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Goosebumps, not a better player in sports

  5. billiam55 - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    such a classy guy and a good teamate. you can just tell. good luck to him and the ducks in the playoffs!

  6. hockeyornothing - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    I understand what you’re saying Bilbono yet I don’t feel that way about the Hockey Greats. I do however feel old when talking about the golf guys retiring and seeing all the newbies coming along. Maybe it’s because I watch lots of college, junior, AHL and basically any hockey and even the draft so I am more aware of the guys coming up?

  7. slickvb82 - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    Great moment. You have to love that guy, class act. And to bring Giguere out there like that, pretty damn cool. Props to the Avs too for sticking around and showing their respect!

  8. joey4id - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    How about another Stanley Cup run as the final chapter. Having met him in SoCal, I can attest that he is all class.

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