WINNIPEG – The love affair between Teemu Selanne and Winnipeg hockey fans began in 1992. The fires still burned strongly Sunday night when he made what is expected to be his final regular-season appearance in the city.
Selanne and the Anaheim Ducks pulled out a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets, but the farewell to Selanne, who announced this past August that this season would be his last, dominated Winnipeg headlines this weekend. The adulation extended into the national anthems at MTS Centre, where the sellout crowd of 15,004 chanted his name as Selanne stood on the Anaheim blue line.
Selanne did not register a point in skating 17:23 against the Jets on Sunday. Winnipeg fans greeted their returning star with a first-period standing ovation, and Selanne ended the evening with another standing ovation after he was named the game's first star.