Warning! The following video will make your eyes a little misty. Teemu Selanne ended his regular-season career last night as the Ducks beat Colorado 3-2 in a shootout, but the real fireworks came after the final buzzer when the Finnish Flash was named as all three stars in the game.
Selanne passed out three sticks to fans in the crowd and soaked in a wondrous ovation before being congratulated on an incredible career by the officials and then the Avalanche players. But Selanne had one more great moment left for the night, grabbing former Anaheim goalie J-S Giguere – who also looks to be retiring from Colorado – and taking him for one more spin around the ice:
Giguere, of course, has his own history with the Ducks.
‘Jiggy’ was Selanne’s teammate in Anaheim when the Ducks steamrolled their way to the franchise’s first and only Stanley Cup in 2007. Giguere leaves the NHL with that Cup ring plus a Conn Smythe trophy from Anaheim’s loss in the 2003 final.
Selanne, a lock to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, finishes his career with 684 goals (good for 11th all-time) and 1,457 points (15th) in 1,451 games. Of course, he can also add one more Cup to his name if the Ducks go all the way this year.