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Selanne Returns to Winnipeg

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
Back in Winnipeg: Teemu Selanne returns to Winnipeg this Saturday for the first time since being acquired by Anaheim on Feb. 7, 1996…the Ducks acquired Selanne with Marc Chouinard and a fourth-round pick in the 1996 draft in exchange for Chad Kilger, Oleg Tverdovsky and a third-round pick in the 1996 draft…Saturday’s Ducks-Jets game will air on KDOC-HD & KLAA AM 830 in Southern California and CBC in Canada (4 p.m. PT/6 p.m. CT).

15+ Years Later: Teemu Selanne’s last game in Winnipeg was on Feb. 4, 1996 when the Jets hosted Vancouver (4-2 Canucks win)…only three players in the lineup that night are still playing in the NHL: Selanne, former WPG/current EDM goalie Nikolai Khabibulin and long-time Coyotes forward Shane Doan…Selanne’s last point as a member of the Jets came on Jan. 24, 1996 (1-1=2) in a 6-5 defeat to St. Louis…after the trade, Selanne made his Anaheim debut on Feb. 10, 1996 @ NYI, recording his first goal as a Duck…he has gone on to record 900 points with Anaheim since then and is the Ducks’ all-time leading scorer.

Selanne vs. Jets: After being acquired by the Ducks on Feb. 7, 1996, Selanne faced his old team on one occasion prior to the Jets’ move to Phoenix…that came in Game #82 of the 1995-96 season on Apr. 14, 1996 @ Anaheim…the Ducks won the game, 5-2, with Paul Kariya (two goals) becoming the first-ever Duck to score 50 in one season…Selanne had an assist (Roman Oksiuta) in that contest…the only players from that game who are still active are the same three listed above (Selanne/Khabibulin/Doan)…ironically, Anaheim and Winnipeg finished tied for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but the Jets advanced to the 1996 playoffs by virtue of having more wins.

Selanne vs. Winnipeg: While this is Selanne’s first game vs. the new Jets after the club relocated this past summer, Teemu has faced the former Atlanta Thrashers on 11 occasions…Selanne has 9-5=14 points in those games, with Teemu’s clubs (ANA/SJ/COL) posting a 6-2-3 record (4-2-1 as a Duck).
Ducks vs. Winnipeg: Saturday’s contest marks Anaheim’s first game in Winnipeg since Jan. 14, 1996 (6-4 Ducks win)…Joe Sacco snapped a 4-4 tie with a goal at 10:35 of the third period in that game…Selanne recorded one assist (Keith Tkachuk)…before the Jets moved to Phoenix, the Ducks had an all-time record of 10-2-0 vs. Winnipeg, including a 4-2-0 mark on the road.

Still the Record Holder: In nearly four seasons with Winnipeg (1992-96), Selanne played in 231 regular season games, scoring 147-159=306 points…Selanne holds PHX/WPG single-season records in goals (76), points (132), PPG (24), shots (387), and hat tricks (5)…all of those records were set in 1992-93…among all-time PHX/WPG franchise leaders, he ranks 10th in goals (147), sixth in PPG (49), third in hat tricks (8), and tied for 13th in scoring (306)…in addition, he owns the club record for the longest goal streak (9) and shares the franchise mark for most points in one game by a rookie (5)…he has the only hat trick by a WPG/PHX player in a playoff game (Apr. 23, 1993 vs. VAN), and shares the franchise record for playoff goals by a rookie (4).

The Record-Breaking 1992-93 Season: Selanne played his first NHL game with the Jets on Oct. 6, 1992 vs. DET (recorded an assist on a goal by Keith Tkachuk)…he scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 8, 1992 @ S.J. (against Jeff Hackett) in a 4-3 overtime loss...that began a record-breaking stretch in 1992-93:

*His 76 goals and 132 points set NHL rookie records…those two marks have not been approached…the second-highest totals by a rookie in NHL history remain Mike Bossy’s 53 goals (NYI, 1977-78) and Peter Stastny’s 109 points (QUE, 1980-81).

*His 76 goals also ranked tied for first in the NHL (with Alexander Mogilny), while his 132 points ranked fifth in the league...he led all rookies in goals, PPG (24), GWG (7) and points.
*Recorded a hat trick in his fifth NHL game on Oct. 14, 1992 vs. EDM…went on to record five hat tricks total that season (Dec. 11 @ Washington, Mar. 2 @ Quebec, and Mar. 9 @ Tampa Bay…his other was a four-goal game on Feb. 28 vs. Minnesota).

*Had 38 multiple-point games in 1992-93, including 10 three-point games, seven four-point games and one five-point game (2-3=5, Oct. 28, 1992 vs. Calgary).
*On Mar. 2, 1993 vs. Quebec, scored his 54th goal, breaking Mike Bossy's rookie goal-scoring record of 53.

*On Mar. 23, 1993 vs. Toronto, recorded his 110th point, breaking Peter Stastny's rookie point record of 109.

*Established a Jets record and career-high nine-game goal streak from Mar. 14-Apr. 1, 1993, scoring 14 goals in that span.

*Named NHL Rookie of the Month for Oct., Jan., and Mar. (only player to receive the award more than once in 1992-93).

*Recorded his first playoff hat trick on Apr. 23 vs. Vancouver (the first goal was also his first NHL playoff goal).

*Winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy for NHL Rookie of the Year in 1992-93...was also named to the NHL's First All-Star Team at right wing.
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