Teemu Selanne aka “the Finnish Flash” has reached a giant landmark on his journey through the NHL record books. The 40-year-old Anaheim Duck collected his 611th NHL goal earlier this week. That impressive landmark put Teemu into 15th place in all-time NHL scoring, ahead of NHL legend and Hall of Fame member, Bobby Hull.
The nine-time NHL All-Star, Teemu is a natural sniper. Over his career, Teemu won the 1999 Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals in a season and before the award existed, he tied for the lead or led the league two more times.
In 1988, the Winnipeg Jets selected Selanne with the 10th pick in round one and finally made his debut in 1992.
In the 1992-93 season, Teemu set a rookie standard for goals. Teemu found the back of the net 76 times while adding 56 assists for 132 points. Those numbers made Selanne a clear choice for the Calder trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year.
Here we are 18 years later and ready to play his 1,200th NHL regular season game and Teemu is still highly productive. Teemu has posted three seasons with over 50 goals and has maintained more than a point a game production over his entire career (1,196 regular season games played, 1,270 points).
In 2006-2007, Teemu was a key member of the Ducks roster and was finally able to lift the Stanley Cup.
Teemu holds a number of Ducks' team records, such as goals (384), assists (417) and points (801). He also holds several NHL records. Above the previously mentioned rookie goals in a season (76), he also holds the rookie points in a season (132) and most goals scored in a month (20).
Teemu is no stranger to records and success. His international resume is impressive as he is presently the all-time Olympic men’s hockey point leader with 38 points in 31 games. In that time Teemu earned three medals.
The next name on Teemu’s climb up the all-time goal list is his longtime friend and former teammate during his time on the Avalanche: Joe Sakic. Teemu needs 14 goals to tie Joe as the 14th spot.
It will be fun to see how high Teemu will climb on the all-time goals list. He has a number of names in range depending on how well he plays and how much longer he’ll keep coming to the rink.
One thing is for sure “the Finnish Flash,” Teemu Selanne, has a place waiting for him in the Hockey Hall of Fame.