LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- In the summer of 2007, Teemu Selanne didn't even know where he had stashed his hockey gear. In the garage? In Finland?
He knew he was done. He was convinced. Selanne could see the second act of life that F. Scott Fitzgerald famously said did not exist.
"Then I rented ice at Anaheim Ice and skated by myself and said, 'This is so stupid,'" Selanne said.
Selanne made a bet with a goalie friend, Jeff Brown. If he scored on Brown at least five times out of 10 breakaways, he would return.
"When it got to be 8-for-8, he started making excuses," Selanne said.