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Teemu Selanne's son unsure about dad's plans

by Aaron Vickers

CALGARY -- For those hoping to gain inside information on whether Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne will suit up for another season, they won't receive it from his family.

They aren't sure what the 43-year-old is doing either.

Selanne's son Eetu, taking part in a rookie camp with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League, didn't offer anything Friday in the way of whether his father will return for a 21st season in the NHL.

Though Teemu Selanne is expected to announce a decision next week whether he'll return to the Ducks, all his son could muster before trailing off was that he hoped the likely Hall of Fame inductee has at least one more year in him.

"Hopefully he is, so…," Eetu said when asked if his father would play in the 2013-14 NHL season.

Even though he said he doesn't know what the future holds for his famous father, it hasn't stopped media and fans from asking the 15-year-old about it.

All Eetu can do is shrug.

"I'm used to it," he said.

As has been the case the past few summers, the elder Selanne has taken some time to debate whether to lace up the skates for another year.

With a Stanley Cup in 2007 accompanying nearly 1,400 regular-season games to go with 675 career goals, 1,430 points and three Olympic medals, there's little the Finnish Flash hasn't accomplished.

But if Eetu has his way, he will give his father some motivation to keep playing.

The second-oldest of four children, Eetu hopes he can persuade his father to play a few more seasons in the hope the two could one day play alongside one another.

"I'm trying," he said, flashing a familiar Selanne grin.

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