But the class-oozing 39-year-old, who scrambled back from a badly broken jaw suffered on Jan. 13 -- and surgically-reconstructed the next day) -- to return to the Anaheim Ducks' lineup by Feb. 1, suffered as humiliating a loss as he ever has in Team USA's 6-1 obliteration of Finland in the first of two Olympic semifinals.
Just off the Canada Hockey Place ice following the final buzzer that couldn't come soon enough, Selanne was his ever-gracious self and stopped to talk with NHL.com.
NHL.com -- This tournament began with such triumph for you personally and for Finland as a team. Can you describe your emotions to have it turn out this way?
Selanne -- Its obviously very disappointing, very tough. When a game is over after 12 minutes, I don't know what to say. It's frustrating and it's tough. I'm very disappointed.
NHL.com -- This was so out of character for Finland, which never fails to battle and, win or lose, always appears to give its best effort.
NHL.com -- Can you describe the dizzying first period, in which the Americans scored six goals within a 10:42 stretch?
Selanne -- The first 12 minutes, it's 6-0. You know it's over and it's going to be a long night after that.
It's very disappointing. But you know, we didn't deserve to be in the final if we played like that. We didn't deserve anything.
NHL.com -- Can you and your teammates rebound and compete for a bronze medal?
Selanne -- Bronze is a huge thing. I'm going to make sure we bounce back tomorrow and give everything we have and see what happens.