Feb 3, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne (center) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Honda Center. Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Finnish Flashback: Teemu Selanne's First Career Playoff Hat Trick

During the off-season, and especially in the slow-news days of August, NHL bloggers and journalists often spend a lot of time looking ahead at the season to come. This is certainly understandable, as there isn’t much else going on hockeywise to discuss in the dog days of summer. But I’d like to briefly take a step back from discussing the season ahead (or, perhaps, the shortened season ahead) and take a look at a classic moment from NHL past.

Though the team is the Winnipeg Jets, this video below is an interesting watch for Anaheim Ducks fans for obvious reasons: The player who would go on to become the poster boy for Anaheim, Teemu Selanne, accomplishes a memorable first — the future hall of famer nets his first post-season hat trick.

Watch below as we take you back to 1993, where a young Selanne follows up his first ever NHL playoff goal with an additional two to complete the trick. This is game three of the first round, in which the Jets take on the Vancouver Canucks. Selanne’s third goal would prove to be the game winner. The Canucks would take the overall series (four games to two), but the then-rookie Selanne would leave quite the impression that year, setting a new standard with 132 points during the regular season.

Relive the moment below:


Jer is ready for Selanne’s next hat trick. Follow him on Twitter @JerMeansWell.

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