Teemu Selanne, one of Finland's most popular sports figures, had his No. 8 national team jersey retired Wednesday prior to Finland's game against Slovakia at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship.
"This was a great evening," Selanne said. "You never know beforehand what will happen, but this was a big honor. I got to share it with important people so it made it extra special."
Selanne came onto the ice at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, his hometown, in full uniform. After the ceremony he skated one lap around the ice.
"We thought about a few options and this felt like it was my kind of thing," he said. "This hasn't been done so often. It felt right."
Selanne played for Finland in the 1989 WJC and had five goals and 10 points in seven games but Finland finished sixth.
In all Selanne played 193 games with the Finnish national team, starting Dec. 28, 1985 at the 1985 U-16 Four Nations Tournament. He played in six Olympics, helping Finland win the silver medal in 2006 and the bronze medal in 1998, 2010 and 2014. At age 43 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics he scored four goals, including two against the United States in the bronze-medal game, and was named the tournament's most outstanding player. And his six points gave him 43 in 37 games at the Olympics, more than any other player.
Selanne also helped Finland win a silver medal and a bronze medal in five appearances at the IIHF World Championship, and he also played in two World Cups. He was inducted into the Finnish hockey hall of fame in November.
He is the fourth player to have his national team jersey retired during the WJC. On Dec. 26, before Finland's first game, Saku Koivu's No. 11, Jere Lehtinen's No. 26 and Ville Peltonen's No. 16 were retired.
NHL.com correspondent Panu Markkanen contributed to this report