Teemu Selanne Retires as 2nd-Leading European-Born Scorer in NHL History

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 19, 2014

Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, of Finland, waits for the puck to drop in the face-off during the third period in Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Ducks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Having likely played his final NHL game, Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne is poised to retire as the second-leading European-born goal scorer in league history, per ESPN Stats & Info. Among Euro-born skaters, only New Jersey Devils winger Jaromir Jagr (705) has more regular-season goals than Selanne (684).

Known as the Finnish Flash, Selanne ranks 11th on the NHL's all-time goals list and 15th in points (1,457). He's a more modest 37th in assists (773), as he was always more of a goal scorer than a playmaker.

Now 43 years old, Selanne was selected 10th overall in the 1988 NHL draft by the Winnipeg Jets. Just 17 years old at the time, he'd stay in Finland until 1992-93, when he finally took North America by storm with a 76-goal, 132-point rookie season in Winnipeg.

Not surprisingly, those totals were good enough to earn the Calder Memorial Trophy for the NHL's best rookie. What's more, Selanne's 76 goals set a rookie record that NHL.com's John Kreiser considers one of the most difficult records to break in league history.

While there was nothing the Finn could do to live up to his insane rookie season, he happily settled in as one of the top players in the league. Selanne spent time with four different teams—the Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche—but is best known as one of the mightiest Ducks.

In addition to playing his final nine seasons in Anaheim, Selanne spent four-plus seasons with the franchise from 1995-96 to 1999-00. He'll retire as the Ducks' all-time leader in goals (457), assists (531) and points (988).