Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Teemu Selanne
Teemu Selanne doesn't come from a family of athletes, his achievements in hockey are all his own doing. His father, Ilmar, hails from Savonlinna and Teemu was born when the family moved to Helsinki. When they moved to Rauma, Teemu played hockey for the local Lukko club. Eventually the family got a better apartment in Espoo, where from the age of 10 Selanne was considered a special talent mainly because of the determination he displayed in the three-team sports he took up. He played hockey for EJK Espoo, later known as EPS Espoo, bandy for Botnia Helsinki and soccer for Honka Espoo.

Early on, he was overlooked due to his small stature and missed out on invitations to camp with the national junior soccer team despite being his team's most prolific goal scorer. All the same, his small size helped him become more competitive and hone his skills, which in the end made him a star. He was 16 years old before he finally began to fill out. But when he was 14, his parents took a gamble that paid off. His twin brother, Paavo, a field hockey star and national team goalie, choose to continue his education. Teemu, on the other hand, was given free rein to follow a career in sports at the expense of his schooling, which was what he wanted. His next move was joining Jokerit Helsinki as a Junior C player.

The Winnipeg Jets drafted him in the first round in 1988 and he joined the club four years later. He played for the Jets for three and a half seasons until they traded him to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Russian defender Oleg Tverdovsky. In 1992-93, "the Finnish Flash" had an incredible rookie season. He won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year hands down leading all other rookies in goals, in power-play goals, in game-winning goals and in total points. His record 76 goals set a new plateau in this category for rookies, eclipsing the old mark set by Mike Bossy by 23 goals.

The third season was decimated by the lockout and Selanne placed 19th in the scoring race. He again surpassed the 100 point mark in the next two years, but in the two after that he was for the second and third time the top goal scorer in the league. The last of these also saw a new trophy named after Maurice "Rocket" Richard established for the goal-scoring leader and Selanne became its first recipient. He has played in the All-Star Game nine times. He has 12 awards to date in the Finnish league. His first two full seasons in the SM-Liiga were bumper years as well, with a total of seven awards.

After parts of six seasons in Anaheim, Selanne joined the San Jose Sharks in the latter stages of the 2000-01 season and represented Finland at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. During the 2002-03 season, Selanne played in his 800th games and reached the 900-point milestone before signing with the Colorado Avalanche as a unrestricted free-agent in the summer of 2003. Upon his arrival with the Avs, Selanne struggled and finished with his lowest point total in his 12-year NHL career, finishing the season with 32 points (16-16-32).

Following the season, he would undergo reconstructive knee surgery and spend the entire 2004-05 lockout season rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee. After returning for a second stint with the Mighty Ducks, Selanne would once again find his touch, leading the club in goals (40) and points (90), his highest total since 1998-99. At the end of the season, Selanne was awarded the Bill Masterson Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to hockey.

In 2006-07, Selanne picked up where he left off tallying 48 goals (third best in the league). His success fuelled the Ducks offence that season as the club set new franchise records in wins (48) and points (110). In the ensuing playoffs, Selanne tallied 15 points in 21 games and helped the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The following summer Selanne considered retirement, but returned to the league in January 2008.

On the international stage, Selanne has represented his homeland at the World Junior Championships (1989), the World Championships (1991, 1996, 1999 and 2003), the Winter Olympics (1992, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010), the Canada Cup (1992) and the World Cup (1996, 2002, 2004 and 2008).

At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the fifth games for Selanne, he became the all-time leader for points scored in the Olympics, surpassing Hockey Hall of Famers Valeri Kharlamov and Harry Watson in the process. In addition to his personal success, Teemu also helped propel the Finnish club to capture the bronze medal.

On March 21, 2010, Selanne reached another personal milestone in his already illustrious career when he scored his 600th career goal in a game against the Colorado Avalanche.

In 2014 Selanne would make his sixth appearance at the Olympic Winter Games. This time held in Sochi, Russia, Selanne would help Finland capture the bronze medal. It would be the third bronze medal for Selanne, the all-time leader in Olympic scoring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1986-87 Jokerit Helsinki U18 Fin-U18 7 10 3 13 2
1986-87 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 33 10 12 22 8
1987-88 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 33 43 23 66 18 5 4 3 7 2
1987-88 Jokerit Helsinki Finland-2 5 1 1 2 0
1987-88 Finland EJC-A 6 7 9 16 8
1988-89 PvUK Lahti Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 3 1 4 2
1988-89 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 3 8 8 16 4
1988-89 Jokerit Helsinki Finland-2 35 36 33 69 14 5 7 3 10 4
1988-89 Finland WJC-A 7 5 5 10 10
1989-90 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 11 4 8 12 0
1990-91 Jokerit Helsinki Jr. Fin-Jr. 4 3 2 5 10
1990-91 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 42 33 25 58 12
1990-91 Finland WEC-A 10 6 5 11 2
1991-92 Finland Can-Cup 6 1 1 2 2
1991-92 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 44 39 23 62 20 10 10 7 17 18
1991-92 Finland Olympics 8 7 4 11 6
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 84 76 56 132 45 +8 6 4 2 6 2
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 51 25 29 54 22 -23
1994-95 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 20 7 12 19 6
1994-95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 45 22 26 48 2 +1
1995-96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 51 24 48 72 18 +3
1995-96 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 28 16 20 36 4 +2
1995-96 Finland WC-A 6 5 3 8 0
1996-97 Finland W-Cup 4 3 2 5 0
1996-97 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 78 51 58 109 34 +28 11 7 3 10 4
1997-98 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 73 52 34 86 30 +12
1997-98 Finland Olympics 5 4 6 10 8
1998-99 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 75 47 60 107 30 +18 4 2 2 4 2
1998-99 Finland WC-A 11 3 8 11 2
1999-00 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 79 33 52 85 12 +6
2000-01 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 61 26 33 59 36 -8
2000-01 San Jose Sharks NHL 12 7 6 13 0 +1 6 0 2 2 2
2001-02 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 29 25 54 40 -11 12 5 3 8 2
2001-02 Finland Olympics 4 3 0 3 2 0
2002-03 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 28 36 64 30 -6
2002-03 Finland WC-A 7 8 3 11 2 +3
2003-04 Colorado Avalanche NHL 78 16 16 32 32 +2 10 0 3 3 2
2004-05 Finland W-Cup 6 1 3 4 4
2004-05
2005-06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 80 40 50 90 44 +28 16 6 8 14 6
2005-06 Finland Olympics 8 6 5 11 4 +7
2006-07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 48 46 94 82 +26 21 5 10 15 10
2007-08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 26 12 11 23 8 +5 6 2 2 4 6
2007-08 Finland WC-A 9 3 4 7 12 -4
2008-09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 65 27 27 54 36 -3 13 4 2 6 4
2009-10 Anaheim Ducks NHL 54 27 21 48 16 +3
2009-10 Finland Olympics 6 0 2 2 0 -1
2010-11 Anaheim Ducks NHL 73 31 49 80 49 +6 6 6 1 7 12
2011-12 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 26 40 66 50 -1
2012-13 Anaheim Ducks NHL 46 12 12 24 28 -10 7 1 2 3 6
NHL Totals 1387 675 755 1430 648 118 42 40 82 58


EJC-A All-Star Team (1988)
NHL All-Rookie Team (1993)
NHL First All-Star Team (1993, 1997)
Calder Memorial Trophy (1993)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1998, 1999)
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy (1999) Olympic All-Star Team (2006) Best Forward - Olympics (2006) Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (2006)
WC-A All-Star Team (1999)
WC-A MVP (1999) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007)
Missed majority of 1989-90 due to leg injury vs. JyP HT Jyvaskyla (Finland), October 19, 1989. Traded to Anaheim by Winnipeg with Marc Chouinard and Winnipeg's 4th round choice (later traded to Toronto, later traded to Montreal - Montreal selected Kim Staal) in 1996 Entry Draft for Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky and Anaheim's 3rd round choice (Per-Anton Lundstrom) in 1996 Entry Draft, February 7, 1996. Traded to San Jose by Anaheim for Jeff Friesen, Steve Shields and San Jose's 2nd round choice (later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Vojtech Polak) in 2003 Entry Draft, March 5, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 3, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, August 22, 2005.
Missed majority of 2007-08 contemplating retirement.