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by Paul on 08/30/13 at 02:04 PM ET
added 4:28pm, Anaheim Ducks' press release on Selanne returning is below...
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed all-time franchise leading scorer Teemu Selanne to a one-year contract through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
“It’s great to have Teemu back. He clearly still has passion for the game and can’t wait to get started,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We are so pleased that Teemu will end his career where he belongs.”
Selanne, 43 (7/3/70), enters his 15th season with Anaheim (1996-01; 2005-present) having amassed 448-513=961 points in 902 games in a Ducks uniform. He appeared in his 900th career contest as a Duck on Apr. 21, 2013 at Edmonton as part of a 46-appearance, 24-point (12-12=24) season in 2012-13. The 6-0, 200-pound winger completed the season ranking 11th in all-time NHL goals (675), tied for 40th in all-time assists (755), 15th in all-time points (1,430), third in all-time power-play goals (251) and sixth in career game-winning goals (107). Selanne became the all-time Finnish leader in NHL appearances (1,373) on Mar. 25, 2013 vs. San Jose, surpassing fellow countryman Teppo Numminen (1,372). He scored the first of two, four-point efforts in 2012-13 on Jan. 19, 2013 at Vancouver (2-2=4, season opener), becoming just the third player in NHL history age 42-or-older to score four points in a game (also Gordie Howe and Tim Horton). It also marked the first time in nearly 42 years that the feat was accomplished (Horton scored 0-4=4 for Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia on Jan. 15, 1972). Selanne also added four points (1-3=4) on Feb. 9, 2013 at St. Louis.
“I’m so happy to be back,” said Selanne. “I’ve always wanted to finish my career in Anaheim, and I plan on making it count.”
Selanne has appeared in 1,387 career NHL games, collecting 675-755=1430 points with a +87 rating and 648 PIM. Originally acquired from Winnipeg on Feb. 7, 1996, and after stints with San Jose (2001-03) and Colorado (2003-04), Selanne signed a one-year contract with Anaheim on Aug. 22, 2005 and has remained with the club ever since. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in scoring, goals, assists, plus/minus, power play goals (178) and game-winning goals (74). Selanne won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 in his 15th NHL season. In 118 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Selanne has collected 42-40=82 points with 58 PIM. He currently leads the Ducks in career playoff goals (33), points (63), power play goals (14), game winning goals (8) and appearances (84).
A native of Helsinki, Finland, Selanne has represented his country at five Olympic Winter Games (1992, 1998, 2002, 2006 & 2010), winning the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. He is the Olympic men’s hockey all-time leading scorer, having scored 20-17=37 points in 31 career games. Selanne also medaled with Team Finland at the 2002 and 2010 games (bronze). In 1999, Selanne won the inaugural Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal scorer (47). In addition, he was the recipient of the 1993 Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s rookie of the year, scoring 76-56=132 points as a member of the Winnipeg Jets. His 76 goals in 1992-93 remains the all-time rookie record for goals in a season. Selanne was also the Bill Masterton Trophy winner in 2006, exemplifying persistence and dedication to the sport of hockey.
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