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Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Nickname(s) The Finnish Flash
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
204 lb (93 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
none (Unrestricted Free Agent)
Anaheim Ducks
Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks
Winnipeg Jets
Nationality FIN
Born July 3 1970 (1970-07-03) (age 39),
Helsinki, FIN
NHL Draft 10th overall, 1988
Winnipeg Jets
Pro Career 1986 – present

Teemu Ilmari Selänne (born July 3, 1970), is a professional Finnish ice hockey right winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent in the National Hockey League. Selänne was originally drafted into the NHL by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1st round, 10th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.[1]


Playing career

Selänne (who has a twin brother, Paavo) played for Jokerit in the Finnish SM-liiga from 1988 to 1992, winning the SM-liiga championship in 1992. He was selected by the Winnipeg Jets 10th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 76 goals in his rookie season, an all-time rookie record. He is also the holder of the rookie point scoring record with 132 points.[2]

Following his rookie season, Jets players Keith Tkachuk and Alexei Zhamnov formed a line known as "The Olympic Line," as all three were Olympians. Selänne suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his second season, limiting him to 51 games. The Jets had suffered a six-game quarterfinal loss to the Vancouver Canucks in 1993; and with Selänne injured, missed the 1994 playoffs.

On February 7, 1996, he was traded, along with Marc Chouinard and a fourth-round draft pick, to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim[3] in return for Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky, and a third-round pick. This was seen as one of the worst trades in NHL history. The trade was one in a series of moves made by the Jets as a result of the team's financial difficulties. Selänne however was first angered at the Jets management for trading him, but it all subsided when he learned of the situation in Anaheim. [4]

In Anaheim, Selänne teamed up with Paul Kariya to form one of the most potent scoring duos in the NHL and also picked a nomination for the Lady Byng Trophy, losing to Joe Sakic. On March 5, 2001, Selänne was again traded, this time to the San Jose Sharks for Jeff Friesen, Steve Shields, and a second-round draft pick.

Selänne was involved in controversy with the Sharks in 2002-03. On the other side of the United States, New Jersey Devil Scott Gomez was struggling under the iron rule of Devils coach Pat Burns. Gomez and Selänne were almost swapped in a multi-player trade, but at the 11th hour Selänne vetoed being sent to New Jersey. [5]

After two full seasons in San Jose, Selänne signed with the Colorado Avalanche as a free agent on July 3, 2003 (his 33rd birthday) where he was again joined by Kariya. After a season (2003-04) in Colorado that saw his production decline, Selänne underwent knee surgery during the 2004-05 NHL lockout and signed with Jokerit in the Finnish National League. He was unable to play any games, because rehabilitation took longer than expected. Selänne rejoined the Mighty Ducks signing a one year contract on August 22, 2005. With his knee rehabilitated, Selänne led the Mighty Ducks in scoring in 2005-06 despite playing without former team-mate and scoring counterpart Paul Kariya. Selänne dominated the statistics sheet in the 2005-06 NHL season registering 40 goals and 50 assists for 90 points in 80 games.

Selänne has participated in four Winter Olympics for Finland winning a bronze in 1998 and a silver in 2006. In both Nagano 1998 and Turin 2006 he was the top point scorer of the tournament.

Selänne recorded his 1,000th NHL point on January 30, 2006 with his second goal against the Los Angeles Kings, becoming the 70th player, as well as the seventh European player, to achieve the milestone.

Selänne was back amongst the NHL's elite players after the 2005-06 NHL season, when he was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey, designating Selänne as the comeback player of the year.

Selänne received a one-year, $3.75-million contract extension for the 2006-2007 season with the newly renamed Anaheim Ducks, after deciding to continue his NHL career. He also changed his jersey number from #13 back to #8 for 2006-2007 season, the number he'd worn during his first stint with the Ducks franchise several years earlier.

Selänne scored his 500th NHL career goal against the Colorado Avalanche after getting by former Avalanche teammate and captain Joe Sakic to find the net against Colorado's Jose Theodore. Selänne joined fellow countryman Jari Kurri as the only Finnish-born players to have scored 500 goals in their NHL careers. On November 26, 2006 in a game against the Calgary Flames, Selänne scored his 600th point as a Duck.

Selänne played in his 1,000th NHL game on December 31, 2006 against the Minnesota Wild.[6]. On February 7, 2007, in a game against the San Jose Sharks, Selänne scored his 524th career goal to move into a tie with Bryan Trottier for 27th on the NHL's all-time list. The "Finnish Flash" moved past Trottier with a first period goal against the Coyotes in Phoenix on February 15, 2007 with his father, Ilmari, in attendance (the fathers of 18 Anaheim players and one of the player's father-in-law were at the game as part of a team-building experience).

[[Image:Teemu-turn.jpg|thumb|left|Selänne during a pre-game warm-up on April 17, 2007. On January 10th, 2007, Selänne heard grave news from a seriously ill friend. "Today he found out that the cancer has spread to his brain," Selänne said. "I don't think he has much time to live. So I told him if I scored a hat trick I'd keep the puck. I told him the odds weren't very good that it would happen. Obviously it was really a sad day today, but what are you going to do? Life is not fair sometimes." The next day against the Dallas Stars, Teemu went on to score three goals, his 19th hat trick, the previous one coming six years before. Anaheim won the game, 5-1.

Selänne tied the Anaheim franchise record for goals (previously held by Paul Kariya) with his 300th in a Ducks jersey on February 17, 2007 when he flipped a second-period power-play goal past Matieu Garon in a game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. One night later, Selänne took sole possession of the franchise record, scoring his 301st goal with Anaheim with a power-play goal at Honda Center in Anaheim in the second consecutive game against the Kings.

With two goals against the Vancouver Canucks on March 11, 2007, Selänne became the first player over the age of 35 to record consecutive 40-goal seasons. The two goals, both on the power-play, moved Selänne into a tie with Hall of Famer Frank Mahovlich on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list at 533, the 26th highest total in the league's history. Finally, they gave him 107 power-play goals in a Ducks uniform, moving him into a tie for the franchise record with Kariya. Selänne removed his former linemate from the record book with a power-play goal in a victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 16, taking over sole possession on the Anaheim franchise record. Selänne's two-goal effort against Chicago also moved him past Mahovlich, for sole possession of 26th place on the NHL's all-time goal-scoring list.

Selänne completed the 2006-2007 NHL regular season with 48 goals (third best in the league) and became the first player in NHL history over the age of 35 to record consecutive seasons with 40-plus goals. He also led the NHL with 25 power-play goals, tying the Anaheim club record that he set in 1998-1999. His 10 game-winning goals tied him for the most in that category this season.

With an assist on a goal by Francois Beuchemin in Game 2 of the Ducks opening round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild on April 13, 2007, Selänne picked up his 30th playoff point in an Anaheim jersey – establishing a new franchise record. The Ducks would go on to defeat the Ottawa Senators in 5 games in the Stanley Cup Finals, giving the team and Selänne their first Stanley Cup championship.

In summer of 2007, Selänne announced his retirement from Finnish national team play stating that there is room for only one "Raipe"

Selänne is currently retired it is unknown if he will play in any pro leauges.


Selänne married Sirpa Vuorinen on July 19, 1996; they have 3 sons: Eemil Ilmari, Eetu Nikodemus, and Leevi. This summer, along with several previous summers, the Selänne family spent their vacation in Finland during which people noticed Sirpa is pregnant. The baby girl is expected to be born in January. They are residents of Coto de Caza, California, a gated community in southern Orange County.

Selänne is known as an avid car collector (he's one of the few people that own an Enzo Ferrari), golfer and auto racing fan. He has even entered WRC rally events in his home country of Finland.

Before arriving in the NHL Selänne taught kindergarten for three years in Finland.[7]


  • NHL single-season record for goals by a rookie (76 in 1992-93)
  • NHL single-season record for points by a rookie (132 in 1992-93)
  • NHL single season record for most goals by a European player (76 in 1992-93 ties with Alexander Mogilny)
  • Anaheim Ducks franchise career record for goals (313, as of end of 2006-2007 season, scored for Anaheim during two stints in 1996-2001 and 2005-present)
  • Anaheim Ducks franchise career record for power-play goals (108, established March 16, 2007)
  • Anaheim Ducks franchise playoff record for points scored (30, established April 13, 2007)
  • Anaheim Ducks single-season record for power-play goals (25, established in 1998-1998 and tied in 2006-2007)
  • Anaheim Ducks single-season record for points (109, established in 1996-1997)
  • Anaheim Ducks single-season record for goals (52, established 1997-1998)
  • Winnipeg Jets single-season record for goals (76, established 1992-1993) (as a rookie)
  • Winnipeg Jets single-season record for points (132, established 1992-1993) (as a rookie)
  • First European to score a hat-trick in an NHL All-Star game (1998)



Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986-87 Jokerit Jr. Fin-Jr. 33 10 12 22 8 -- -- -- -- --
1987-88 Jokerit Jr. Fin-Jr. 33 43 23 66 18 5 4 3 7 2
1988-89 Jokerit Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 8 8 16 4 -- -- -- -- --
1989-90 Jokerit SM-l 11 4 8 12 0 -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 Jokerit SM-l 42 33 25 58 12 -- -- -- -- --
1991-92 Jokerit SM-l 44 39 23 62 20 10 10 7 17 18
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 84 76 56 132 45 6 4 2 6 2
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 51 25 29 54 22 -- -- -- -- --
1994-95 Jokerit SM-l 20 7 12 19 6 -- -- -- -- --
1994-95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 45 22 26 48 2 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 51 24 48 72 18 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 28 16 20 36 4 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 78 51 58 109 34 11 7 3 10 4
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 73 52 34 86 30 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 75 47 60 107 30 4 2 2 4 2
1999-00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 33 52 85 12 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 61 26 33 59 36 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 12 7 6 13 0 6 0 2 2 0
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 29 25 54 40 12 5 3 8 2
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 28 36 64 30 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 16 16 32 32 10 0 3 3 2
2004-05 Jokerit SM-l -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 40 50 90 44 16 6 8 14 2
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 48 46 94 82 21 5 10 15 10
NHL Totals 1041 540 595 1135 461 86 29 33 62 30

International play

Played for Finland in:

International statistics

Year Team Event GP G A Pts PIM
1992 Finland Oly 8 7 4 11 6
1998 Finland Oly 5 4 6 10 8
1999 Finland WC 11 3 8 11 2
2002 Finland Oly 4 3 0 3 2
2003 Finland WC 7 8 3 11 2
2004 Finland WCH 6 1 3 4 4
2006 Finland Oly 8 6 5 11 4

See also

External links

  • Teemu Selänne on
  • Teemu Selänne's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Selänne bobble head story
Preceded by
Pavel Bure
Winner of the Calder Trophy
Succeeded by
Martin Brodeur
Preceded by
Brett Hull
NHL Goal Leader

(tied with Alexander Mogilny)

Succeeded by
Pavel Bure
Preceded by
Keith Tkachuk
NHL Goal Leader
1998 (tied with Peter Bondra), 1999
Succeeded by
Pavel Bure
Preceded by
new creation
Winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy
Succeeded by
Pavel Bure
Preceded by
Paul Kariya
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim captains
Succeeded by
Paul Kariya
Preceded by
Bryan Berard
Winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
Succeeded by
Phil Kessel
Note: Teemu Selänne served as captain during most of the 1997-98 season when Paul Kariya was injured and out of the line-up</small>
Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes first-round draft picks
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Coyotes: FochtBriereDesRochersKelmanSafronovKolanosSjöströmKoreisEagerWheelerHanzalMuellerSummersTurrisRoss

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