The Ducks will honor right wing Teemu Selanne in breaking the all-time franchise record for games played prior to their game against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Honda Center (7:05 p.m.). As part of the ceremony, the Ducks will welcome back former captain Steve Rucchin, who will present Selanne with a pictorial collage in recognition of his achievement.
Selanne, 38 (7/3/70), became the franchise's all-time games played leader with his 617th game as a Duck on Jan. 31 at Colorado. With his appearance, Selanne surpassed Rucchin for sole possession of first in all-time Ducks appearances. Since making his Anaheim debut in the 1995-96 NHL season, Selanne has scored 340-380=720 points with a +108 rating and 292 penalty minutes (PIM) in 621 games with the Ducks. He currently leads the club in all-time points, goals, power play goals (130), power play points (296), game-winning goals (57), plus/minus and appearances. Earlier this season, Selanne became the franchise's all-time assists leader on Nov. 7 vs. Dallas with his 370th assist as a Duck. He also collected his 700th career point as a Duck on Oct. 31 vs. Vancouver with an assist.
A veteran of nine seasons with the Ducks, Selanne has scored 15-16=31 points with 12 PIM in 39 games this season. The Helsinki, Finland native is currently tied for third among NHL leaders with 13 power play goals.
Rucchin, 37 (7/4/71), was originally selected by Anaheim in the first round (second overall) of the 1994 NHL Supplemental Draft and spent the next 10 years with the Ducks. He was an alternate captain for three years and became the fifth team captain in club history for the 2003-04 season. He helped lead Anaheim to the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, including scoring the overtime series-clinching goal in Game 4 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Detroit (Apr. 16, 2003). Rucchin had seven goals during the club’s 2003 playoff run. On Anaheim’s all-time list, Rucchin ranks second in games played (616), and third in goals (153), assists (279) and points (432).
After spending the 2005-06 season with the New York Rangers and the 2006-07 campaign with Atlanta, Rucchin retired from the National Hockey League. He ended his career with 171-318=489 points and 164 PIM in 735 career NHL games. Rucchin also appeared in 37 Stanley Cup Playoff games, collecting 9-8=17 points with 12 PIM.