While we eagerly await Teemu Selanne‘s decision, his son is looking to major move in his young hockey career. 15-year-old Eetu Selanne is attending the Calgary Hitmen’s (WHL) rookie camp. Young Eetu has been raised in southern California and has been playing in the area for a while. He first started playing hockey in Colorado, while Teemu was with the Colorado Avalanche. When Teemu moved back to the Anaheim Ducks, his son came along and started playing in SoCal. He spent this past season with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks U16 team. Next year, however, he’ll be playing for the Jr. Kings AAA team.
The Hitmen’s Head Scout Dan Bonar had this to say about Eetu:
“When I first saw him, he was a younger guy who liked he needed some size and strength to his game. When I saw him the next year, I saw that he came a long way and was quite impressed and I thought his skating got better and was a smart player out there. At that age, it’s nice to see a guy improve that much in such a short period of time. Smart player with some skill. He’s still got some to go. I don’t get to see how he trains in the summer but I’m sure he has access to the best training and stuff like that.”
Bonar, if you giggled at his last name, grow up, first saw young Eetu two years ago and Eetu has been on his radar ever since. The Hitmen added Eetu to their 50-player protected list earlier this year. That means that he cannot play for another WHL team or attend another WHL team’s rookie camp. These lists are created by each WHL franchise “to ensure there is a method of organization and control in the League for the rights to players.” However, just because a player is on a team’s projected list, does not mean he has to be playing for that club. That explains why Eetu can be added to this list, yet still play for the Jr. Kings. Best of luck to young Eetu!