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Ducks to retire Selanne’s number Jan. 11 vs. Winnipeg

Aug 1, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT

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You knew it wouldn’t take long, but the Anaheim Ducks are going to retire Teemu Selanne’s number.

The Ducks announced they’ll be lifting his No. 8 into the rafters on January 11, 2015 when they host the Winnipeg Jets. In 15 seasons with the Ducks, the “Finnish Flash” piled up 457 of his 684 career goals and had 988 points with Anaheim alone. He is, without a doubt, the franchise’s greatest player and the face of the Ducks franchise. He was a member of the 2007 Ducks team that won the Stanley Cup.

While retiring his number was never in doubt, there’s the possibility Selanne will have a something else on his schedule that night. Jokerit of the KHL, who has been wooing Selanne to play one more year in Finland, has a game against CSKA Moscow on January 11.

It’d be a bit of a downer to have a number retirement ceremony without the guest of honor, no? Selanne hasn’t made a decision whether he’ll play in Finland next season, but for the time being it looks like he’ll be in Southern California come January.

  1. lowenni - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Holy s*it that’s so awesome, retiring his number against the team where it all started. That’s a damn classy move and there’s not a more deserving guy in hockey for it. We all love the Finnish Flash.

    • avfanforlife - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Strongly agree! Class move by the Ducks and I’ll bet that there will be quite a turnout of Jets fans coming down to watch as well. Jan. 11th… marked!

  2. billiam55 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    played the game like a professional. never dirty. talented skilled guy. way to go selanne. you’ll be missed in this league.

  3. areaman714 - Aug 1, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Sorry Kings fans. THIS is the sole game I am circling on my season ticket holder calender this year. No offense intended. I am just showing the respect for Teemu! (I am looking forward to the rivalry continuing this year!).

  4. govtminion - Aug 1, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Amazing player. It was a pleasure to watch him all those great seasons… except for that one, where he played for the Avs. That one wasn’t so fun to watch for this Avs fan. But the rest were awesome. ;)

  5. c1md6 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Class act all the way through his career. One of the greatest seasons by a rookie ever, and continued that greatness all the way through his career.

  6. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    A classy move for the classiest of players. Well done Anaheim!

    Signed,

    – a Winnipeg Jets fan

    • areaman714 - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      It would be fabulous if a good contingent of Jets fans could come down and share this evening with us. I am a Ducks season ticket holder and there are too many of us that would rather make a few bucks than go to this game. Tickets will be available!

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