42 year old Selanne signs one-year $4.5 mil contract with Anaheim Ducks
Teemu Selanne seems to be mindless of age. The 42 year old and the Anaheim Ducks have just signed an extension to his long and prosperous career with a one-year $4.5 million contract. He could potentially be the oldest player in the NHL next season.
Selanne’s career has been long and award worthy. He is ranked 19th scorer in NHL history with 1,406 points over two decades, spending the majority of his time in Anaheim. The right wing is also 12th in league history with 663 goals.
And it seems as though he is not ready to say goodbye perhaps not even after this next season. "Sometimes, age is just a number, “ he tells ESPN. “Age is a funny thing. A lot of times, I don't really feel 42. It's just a number. It all depends on how you feel."
His body might beg to differ after having knee surgery in the offseason before the 2011-2012 season, but his mind is not ready to quit. The support of both his family and teammates also keep him going.
Teammate Bobby Ryan tweeted: "That ageless wonder number 8 still doing it for one more year! What a beauty to be around. He's not bad either!"
His team-leading 66 points helped the Ducks revitalize themselves in the second half of the 2011-2012 season. The Ducks are hoping for that same sort of leadership and experience to help out the younger players. “While I'm still amazed by his speed and skill level, it's Teemu's love for the game and his teammates that make him so special," Ducks general manager Bob Murray told Yahoo! Sports. "Anaheim is where he belongs.”
It sure sounds like The Finnish Flash, how fans and athletes alike commonly refer to him as, is ready for his 20th NHL season and 14th with the Anaheim Ducks.
Perhaps he can even make it to the Sochi Winter Olympics to add on to his total Olympic goals, being the Winter Olympic Games all-time points leader.