It looks like the theme of the day is retirement. It stared when veteran defenseman Pavel Kubina announced his retirement. He has played 14 years in the NHL and won a cup for the Tampa Bay Lightning. For more on Kubina’s career check out this article on NHL.com.
Another veteran to announce his retirement today was Teemu Selanne. Though for many years it seemed as though he would be playing forever but Dave Lozo reported this from Anaheim Ducks practice today:
I can report from Ducks practice that Teemu Selanne says this will be his last season in the NHL.
— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) December 20, 2013
The Finnish Flash, as he affectionately known, was drafted to the Winnipeg Jets in 1988, he went 10th overall. He played in Finland until he joined the Jets for the 1992-1993 season and won the Calder Trophy that season. He was traded to the Ducks in 1996 where he played for 6 seasons before being trade to the San Jose Sharks in 2001. He played for 2 seasons with the Sharks before signing with the Colorado Avalanche in 2003 where he played for one season before signing with the Ducks again in 2005. Since signing in 2005 he has played 9 seasons with the Ducks.
As for statistics Selanne has played 1,415 games in the NHL so far. He has scored 679 goals and 760 assists. He has won 2 Olympic Bronze Medals, the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, the Bill Masterton Trophy, and an Olympic Silver Medal. For more on Selanne’s accomplishments check out his page on NHL.com.
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