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Fanspeak: Selanne voted greatest Duck in franchise history

Aug 5, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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This summer, NBC Sports’ social media team is conducting the #NHLGreatest initiative, designed for fans to choose the best player in each franchise’s history. Balloting was conducted through three platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — with thousands of votes being cast. The results of this initiative will be released throughout the month of August, in conjunction with PHT’s Team of the Day series.

Anaheim Ducks

1. Teemu Selanne – 1,597 Votes

2. Paul Kariya – 446 Votes

3. Other – 253 Votes

This was one of the most overwhelming majorities we’ve seen during the #NHLGreatest campaign, and one of the least surprising.

I mean, c’mon. It’s Teemu.

Had he not wrapped this up prior to his final NHL campaign, this year’s swan song/Jeter-esque retirement tour cemented it. Almost everywhere he went, Selanne was showered with praise and applause and, in an incredibly special moment for Ducks fans, Selanne and another ex-Anaheim standout — J.S. Giguere — took a final lap following the last game of the regular season, to a thunderous ovation:

Last week, the Ducks announced that Selanne’s No. 8 would be raised to the Honda Center rafters this season — the first number Anaheim will ever retire.

“Teemu is our franchise icon and deserves to be the first player in club history to have his jersey retired,” Ducks owner Henry Samueli said in a statement. “His dedication to this franchise and our community is unmatched.”

Upon retiring after a playoff loss to Los Angeles, Selanne left the Ducks organization as the franchise leader in almost every single significant offensive category, appearing in 966 games over the course of 15 seasons. He was also an instrumental figure in the club’s first and only Stanley Cup championship in 2007, scoring 15 points in 21 games — which included the crucial OT winner in Game 5 of the Western Conference final against Detroit.

So yeah. No surprise that Teemu’s been voted the greatest Duck ever.

  1. lowenni - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer were both great for the Ducks in their day, but let’s be honest, there wasn’t really any doubt about this one.

  2. areaman714 - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Oh the suspense . . .

  3. stcrowe - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    No votes for Terry Yake?

  4. soundsofsuccess7 - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    I was at that Avs vs. Ducks game at the end of the season and literally every time Teemu touched the puck the fans went nuts.

    I remember he had a one timer opportunity with about 30 seconds left and I remember thinking to myself, “if he put that away, the roof would’ve come off the Pond.”

    There has been no Duck with the performance and fan following like Teemu.

  5. westof1club - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Might as well pencil him in for the Jets, too.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      I think Bobby Hull and Dale Hawerchuk will snare some votes for greatest Jet. Also in the mix: Anders Hedberg, Ulf Nilsson and Kent Nilsson.

    • Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      If we’re talking current NHL teams, wouldn’t those guys count towards the Jets/Coyotes franchise? not the Thrashers/Jets?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:36 AM

        Hmmm, a reasonable question, that.

  6. khmerson562 - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I compared ducks to the clippers and kings to the lakers when compared great players in their franchise.

    • wutangwild - Aug 6, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      gtfo

    • flash8910 - Aug 6, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Is that because you have only been a Kings fan for 3 years.

      Otherwise, I didn’t know the Clippers won a NBA championship before the Lakers.

      Since the lockout, the Kings made the playoffs 5 times (last 5 years). Ducks made it 7 out of 9 years.

      Since 93 (formation of the Ducks), Ducks have been in the playoffs 10 times w/ 2 cup finals (1 win) plus another conference final. Kings have made the playoffs nine times with 2 cup finals (2 wins) plus another conference final.

      Other than 1 more cup, everything is pretty even. Not exactly Lakers-Clippers.

  7. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    The game he played in Winnipeg was pretty special too. Claude Noel was not impressed with the Winnipeg crowd cheering him

  8. Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Teemu is awesome.

  9. tcclark - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    I just hope the jersey they hang in the rafters is one of the old mighty ducks ones

  10. c1md6 - Aug 6, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    Couldn’t disagree more. Sorry Teemu move aside, Charlie Conway is the greatest Duck ever.

  11. swisherswee - Aug 6, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Sorry c1md6 you are wrong. Yea he had great leadership and dreamy brown eyes. Adam “The Cake Eater” Banks is by far a better skilled player.

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