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Selanne Named to Record-Tying Sixth Olympic Games

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne today was named to a record-tying sixth Olympic Games roster, matching Finland’s Raimo Helminen (1984-02) for the most tournament appearances by a men’s hockey player in Olympic Winter Games history. Selanne and Sami Vatanen were named to Team Finland’s Olympic roster, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were named to Team Canada, and Jakob Silfverberg was named to Team Sweden. Today’s announcement brings Anaheim’s total selections to the men’s hockey tournament to seven, including Cam Fowler to Team USA (Jan. 1) and Jonas Hiller to Team Switzerland (Jan. 6). The 2014 Olympic Winter Games take place in Sochi, Russia from Feb. 7-23.

Selanne, 43 (7/3/70), will compete in his record-tying sixth Winter Games as the Olympic Men’s Hockey all-time leading scorer, collecting 20-17=37 points in 31 games. In his last Olympic appearance at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Selanne surpassed Valeri Kharlamov (Soviet Union), Vlastimil Bubnik (Czechoslovakia) and Harry Watson (Canada) to capture sole possession of the scoring title with an assist on Feb. 19, 2010 vs. Germany. Selanne has won three career Olympic medals, including silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010 and 1998. He was named the Best Forward and an All-Star at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, finishing tied for first in overall scoring with 6-5=11 points in eight games.

A native of Helsinki, Finland, Selanne has appeared on several of his country’s national teams over the past 20 years, including Finland’s World Championship teams (1991, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2008) and World/Canada Cup participants (1991, 1996, 2004). At the 1999 World Championship in Norway, he helped Finland to the silver medal while also being voted the tournament MVP.

Getzlaf, 28 (5/10/85), won gold with Team Canada in his first Olympic Games appearance in Vancouver 2010. Getzlaf earned 3-4=7 points in seven games and finished tied for second on Canada in scoring. This marks his eighth appearance for Team Canada in international competition. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Getzlaf won gold at the 2003 World U-18 Championship and 2005 World Junior Championship, and the silver medal at the 2004 World Junior Championship and 2008 World Championship. He has also appeared for Team Canada at the 2012 World Championship and the 2002 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in his international debut.

Perry, 28 (5/16/85), also won gold as a member of Team Canada in his Olympic Winter Games debut in 2010. Perry scored 4-1=5 points in seven games, tied for second among tournament leaders in goals. Perry’s last international appearance came at the 2012 World Championship, where he collected 3-4=7 points in eight games. A native of Peterborough, Ontario, made his international debut at the 2005 World Junior Championship, scoring 2-5=7 points in six games to help Team Canada to the gold medal.

Silfverberg, 23 (10/13/90), will make his Olympic Winter Games debut next month with Sweden. Silfverberg has represented Sweden on the international stage on four previous occasions, winning silver at the 2011 World Championship and bronze at the 2010 World Junior Championship. A native of Gavle, Sweden, Silfverberg last appeared for Sweden at the 2012 World Championship in Helsinki and Stockholm, scoring 2-0=2 points in eight games.

Vatanen, 22 (6/3/91), will also make his Olympic debut with Team Finland in Sochi. Vatanen captained Finland at the 2011 World Junior Championship, recording 0-4=4 points in six games. At the 2010 World Juniors, he scored 2-3=5 points in six games. A native of Jyvaskyla, Finland, Vatanen made his international debut as team captain at the U-18 World Championship, scoring 0-5=5 points in six games en route to a bronze-medal win over Canada.

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