In a list of the Top 5 Single-Game Performances of the 2013-2014 season in The Hockey News magazine, (former) Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne‘s performance in the bronze medal game against the United States was recognized as one of the best.
Selanne led Team Finland to the bronze medal over Team USA 5-0 in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February.
After announcing he would return for one final season in Anaheim, it was evident that this would also be the last time that Selanne would suit up for Finland in the Olympics.
He didn’t disappoint.
“The Finnish Flash had his ice time cut this season and his role has been less pronounced in his later years, but on the Olympic stage, Selanne remained the go-to guy for Finland. Selanne scored four goals and six points in six Sochi games, and saved his best for last against the Americans in the bronze medal game. Selanne scored twice in his final appearance to lead his country to a 5-0 win, which earned Finland its’ fourth men’s hockey medal in the past five Olympics. Though the Suomi has never captured gold, no country has medalled more in the NHL Olympic era. And Selanne was there for all of them.” – Rory Boylen, The Hockey News
Even as an American who was absolutely heartbroken over the 5-0 drubbing, I was extremely happy to see a legend like Selanne go out on top in his final Olympic Games. If anyone deserved to go out a winner, it was Selanne.
He was also voted Most Valuable Player of the 2014 Olympic Games and retires with the distinction of having the most career points in Olympic competition with 43.
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