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Selanne passes on World Championship

Tuesday, 04.17.2012 / 1:05 PM / 2012 IIHF World Championship

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

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Selanne passes on World Championship
Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne has declined an invitation to play for his native Finland at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, a Ducks spokesman confirmed.

Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne has declined an invitation to play for his native Finland at the 2012 IIHF World Championship, a Ducks spokesman confirmed.

Selanne, who turns 42 in July, is considering retirement. The World Championship run May 4-20, and will be held in Stockholm and Helsinki. Selanne was born in Helsinki.

As is his custom, Selanne will return to Finland this summer. He told reporters earlier this month that he will inform Anaheim general manager Bob Murray of his decision on whether he'll retire or play another season in July.

Selanne led the Ducks in scoring this season with 66 points while playing all 82 games.

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