The Anaheim chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) announced today that right wing Teemu Selanne has been named a nominee for the 2009-10 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The Masterton Trophy is presented annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner will be selected at the end of the regular season by the full PHWA’s 30 chapters.
“Teemu’s dedication to the game and efforts both on and off the ice make him a top candidate for the Bill Masterton Trophy” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Congratulations to Teemu for this well-deserved nomination.”
Selanne, 39 (7/30/70), has appeared in 53 games for the Ducks this season, collecting 26-21=47 points with a +3 rating and 16 penalty minutes (PIM). Selanne became the 18th player in NHL history to score 600 goals on Mar. 21 vs. Colorado and surpassed friend and childhood idol Jari Kurri for sole possession of 17th on the all-time goals list with his 602nd and 603rd goals on Apr. 2 vs. Vancouver. Selanne became one of only three Europeans to score 600 goals and one of only seven right wingers to accomplish the feat. Teemu’s two power play goals on Apr. 2 were the 217th and 218th of his career, moving him past Mike Gartner for sole possession of ninth place in all-time power play goals. A recipient of the 2006 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, Selanne has rebounded from several injuries this season, including hand (15 games) and jaw (8 games) fractures.
In 1,185 career NHL games, Selanne has scored 605-654=1,259 points, ranking 35th in all-time points, 56th in all-time assists and ninth in power play goals (219). With 378-412=790 points in 697 games in an Anaheim uniform (1996-2001 & 2005-10), Selanne is the Ducks’ franchise leader in goals, assists, points, power play goals (146), power play points (332), game-winning goals (65), plus/minus (+117) and games played. He won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 in his 14th NHL season. Selanne has also won three Olympic medals (bronze in 1998, silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010) and is the all-time Olympic men’s hockey scorer with 20-17=37 points in 31 career games.
Selanne is an active member of the Southern California community and the Ducks’ community relations efforts. In addition to visiting CHOC Children’s on numerous occasions each season, Selanne donates his time and energies to a variety of Southern California charities.