Teemu Selanne took one last spin around the rink Friday night after the Anaheim vs. Los Angeles game and received a warm stick salute from both teams. The crowd even chanted “Let’s go Teemu” in the final minutes of the game.
Following the game, Selanne confirmed he still plans on retiring come summer:
“I’ve been flirting with this decision for a long time, but the passion and the fun always brought me back. I still love this game, and I still know I can play, but it is better this way than having different situations, and that’s why I think it is the right time.”
What does Selanne say is his ultimate career highlight? Winning the Stanley Cup of course. In addition, Selanne is proud that he has lasted until age 44:
“To be honest, the most proud I am is I have been able to play so many years and at this age. You all know when you get older, it’s not going to get any easier. But to be able to compete against these young guys and still enjoy this and play well, that has been the greatest thing in my career. I’m really thankful for that.”
Selanne will have a lot to keep himself busy once retirement is official. He owns a steakhouse in Laguna Beach, CA as well as planning to spend a lot of time with family, including his four children. Selanne also plans to continue to work with the Ducks. Despite not being willing to travel, there are plenty of opportunities with the team.
Selanne’s legacy will never fade. After 21 seasons in the NHL, he has become one of the greatest players in Ducks franchise history.