Retired Ducks forward Teemu Selanne will be honored Jan. 11 in a ceremony during which he’ll become the first Anaheim player to have his jersey retired, the Ducks announced Friday.
The team said the tribute will be staged when Anaheim plays Selanne’s former team, the Winnipeg Jets, in a 5 p.m. game at Honda Center.
Selanne, the team’s all-time leading scorer who was instrumental in helping the Ducks win the Stanley Cup in 2007, will have his No. 8 jersey hoisted to the arena rafters during the ceremony.
At 43 this last season, Finland's Selanne was MVP of the Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia, and helped the Western Conference top-seeded Ducks advance to Game 7 of the conference semifinals before bowing out to the eventual Stanley Cup-champion Kings.
“Teemu is our franchise icon and deserves to be the first player in club history to have his jersey retired,” Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli said in a prepared statement. “His dedication to this franchise and our community is unmatched.
“We eagerly anticipate Jan. 11, when we pay tribute to a world-class player, ambassador and champion.”
Selanne ranks 11th in NHL history in goals, 15th in points and third in power play goals.
He scored a franchise-record 457 goals with Anaheim, and also leads the team with the most assists (531), points (998), plus-minus (plus 120) and games (966).
He won the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, scoring a league rookie record 76 goals for Winnipeg in 1992-93, and was the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy winner as a Duck in 2005-06.
“What a great honor,” Selanne said in the team’s announcement. “The Samuelis and the entire Ducks organization have made this a very special place for me and my family. I look forward to sharing this special night with our fans, who have treated me so well for 18 years.”
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