On an emotional night in April, hockey fans around the world thought they had heard the swan song of Teemu Selanne as he skated laps around the Honda Center rink with former Anaheim Ducks great and longtime teammate, Jean-Sebastien Giguere. After a disappointing early exit in the playoffs, fans once again celebrated Selanne after a magical season for the team.
Yet this may not be the last that we see of Selanne. The 44 year-old Finnish Flash himself is reportedly considering an offer to play for the Finnish hockey club Jokerit, the team he started his hockey career with in 1987. Jokerit will play in the KHL for the first time in this upcoming season.
“Of course, it would be nice to go back on the ice again. But not all so simple. In the next three weeks will take a decision,” Selanne said.
After playing a number of international contests for Team Finland, an international career that saw Selanne become the highest-scoring and most decorated hockey player in Olympics history, the switch to playing for a Finnish team would not seem too difficult of a move for Selanne.
The decision, however, is not as easy as it looks. Selanne has vowed to help the game of hockey continue to grow in California, and he wants to be there to support his four children, in which one of his children, Eetu, has hopes of having a successful hockey career for himself.
Selanne will be making a decision in the coming weeks, and luckily for hockey fans, it seems as if this won’t be the last we’ll see of him, even if it may be on YouTube clips or on buffering, pirated streams.
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