Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne has said the 2013-14 season would be his last in the NHL, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s done playing hockey for good.
According to Igor Eronko, Selanne told Sport-Express.ru it would be a great scenario to finish his career playing for Jokerit, the team he started his career with and one based in the 43-year-old’s home city of Helsinki.
Selanne began his career playing for Jokerit’s junior club in 1987. He was then with their pro team from 1989 to 1992 before debuting in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets. Selanne also spent part of the 1994-95 campaign with Jokerit during the NHL’s lockout that season.
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Jokerit has been a part of SM-Liiga, the Finnish Elite League, however the franchise will join the Kontiniental Hockey League in 2014-15.
Former NHL star Jari Kurri would be the general manager of the team. Selanne and Kurri were teammates on Jokerit during the 1994 NHL lockout and represented their country together in several international tournaments. They were also teammates on the Ducks during the 1996-97 season.
In 1,451 career regular season NHL games, Selanne has registered 684 goals (11th most in league history) and 1,457 points (15th most in league history). He has also added 85 points in 123 post-season games and won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007.