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Ducks to retire Selanne's No. 8 on Jan. 11 vs. Jets

Friday, 08.01.2014 / 1:26 PM / News

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Ducks to retire Selanne's No. 8 on Jan. 11 vs. Jets
The Anaheim Ducks will retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8 prior to their home game against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 11, the team announced Friday.

The Anaheim Ducks will retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8 prior to their home game against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 11, the team announced Friday.

"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 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, our own Teemu Selanne."

Selanne began his NHL career in 1992-93 by setting NHL rookie records with 76 goals and 132 points with the original Jets (now the Arizona Coyotes). But he spent the majority of his career in Anaheim, where he had the other two 50-goal seasons of his career, scoring 51 in 1996-97 and 52 in 1997-98.

"What a great honor," Selanne said in a statement issued by the Ducks. "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."

Selanne spent his last nine seasons with Anaheim and had 48 goals in 2006-07, when the Ducks won their only Stanley Cup. He had nine goals and 27 points in 64 games last season and finished his NHL career with 684 goals and 1,457 points in 1,451 regular-season games.

He is 11th on the NHL all-time list for goals, 15th in points, third in power-play goals (255) and tied for third in game-winning goals (110).

Selanne is Anaheim's all-time leader in almost every offensive category, including goals (457), assists (531), points (988), plus/minus (plus-120), games (966), power-play goals (182), game-winning goals (77), overtime goals (6) and shots (2,964). He is the franchise leader in Stanley Cup Playoff goals (35), power-play goals (15), game-winning goals (8), shots (274) and games (96).

He helped Finland win one silver medal and three bronze medals in the Winter Olympics.

The Ducks will reveal more information about "Teemu Tribute Night" at a later date.

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