Never mind what he says now. There's no way Teemu Selanne will call it a Hall of Fame career after his turn-back-the-clock season culminates with his 10th appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Selanne is not 40 years old; he's ageless. All Teemu did Friday on Fan Appreciation Night at sold-out Honda Center was score the tying and winning goals in the Ducks' 2-1 playoff clincher against the hated Kings, cinching his 10th season with at least 30 goals and eighth season with at least 80 points. Check that. That's not all he did, according to Ducks fan Michael Greene, saying Selanne was the last player to leave the ice. "He not only signed the sweater off his back, he signed every other sweater for the fans on the ice before he left," Greene said in an e-mail. "This guy is a true modern-day sports hero. I love this guy. . . . I just wish more OC sports fans could appreciate this hockey superstar." Teammate Corey Perry is the 50-goal scorer and the team's Hart Trophy candidate, but Selanne is Mr. Clutch. Twenty-five of his first 31 goals came in tied or one-goal games. Teemu also is the heart and soul and conscience of the franchise, reminding his teammates if their effort or commitment or focus is lacking.
Mark it down now: Teemu will return
Orange County Register | Apr 10