Anaheim Ducks

Teemu Selanne
Screengrab

Teemu Selanne’s Finland national team jersey retired (video)

Leave a comment

Teemu Selanne, the Olympics’ all-time leading points scorer, had his Finland national team No. 8 jersey retired in a ceremony at the World Junior Championships in Helsinki on Wednesday.

Selanne, who earned four medals (none gold) across a record-tying six Olympic hockey tournaments, scored 43 points in his Winter Games career.

He was named Sochi 2014 tournament MVP, scoring twice in Finland’s 5-0 win over the U.S. in the bronze-medal game.

On Wednesday, Selanne skated a lap on the World Juniors arena ice in his Finland uniform while the “Back to the Future” theme played. A banner was raised to the rafters. The phrase “Sel8nne Forever” flashed on the ice.

“We thought about a few options and this felt like it was my kind of thing,” Selanne said, according to NHL.com. “This hasn’t been done so often. It felt right.”

He retired from international and NHL play in 2014 at age 43, and his No. 8 jersey was also retired by the Anaheim Ducks in January.

MORE: The latest on NHL participation at 2018 Olympics

Hilary Knight hopes to play in NHL preseason game after Ducks practice

Hilary Knight
Leave a comment

Two-time U.S. Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight said she hopes to play in an NHL preseason game one day after becoming the believed-to-be first female skater (non-goalie) to practice with a full NHL team with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“I just wanted to slide in and pretend like I’m one of the guys,” Knight said, according to the newspaper. “I’m one of those women who likes to push boundaries, continue to push the envelope, and I have the frame and stature to blend in. It was a great opportunity.”

Knight, who co-led the U.S. with six points in Sochi and seven assists in Vancouver, is still on the U.S. Women’s National Team. She’s set to play in the Four Nations Cup next month.

Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said it’s “conceivable” Knight could play in an NHL exhibition at some point, according to the newspaper.

“Never say never … if she can play that well in this practice, that can happen,” Boudreau said.

Goalies have practiced and played in NHL exhibition games, most recently Canadian Olympic champion Shannon Szabados practicing with the Edmonton Oilers in March.

Szabados and Finland goalie Noora Raty currently play in men’s leagues.

Five-time Canadian Olympic forward Hayley Wickenheiser participated in Philadelphia Flyers’ prospects camps in 1998 and 1999.

Retired Canadian Olympic goalie Manon Rheaume played in NHL exhibition games in 1992 and 1993.

Here are videos and photos of Knight from Friday:

https://vine.co/v/Om0IPd7wiXK

https://vine.co/v/Om0xaevQBa9

https://vine.co/v/OmEKawTwt9J

https://twitter.com/AnaheimDucks/status/518109929572298753/

https://twitter.com/icemancometh/status/518087153943715841/

https://twitter.com/icemancometh/status/518090847854661632/

https://twitter.com/AnaheimDucks/status/518078462326620161/

https://twitter.com/latimespugmire/status/518094820602949632/

https://twitter.com/AnaheimDucks/status/518098311622840320/

https://twitter.com/kyleshohara/status/518109122752151552/

Olympian Hilary Knight to practice with Anaheim Ducks

Hilary Knight
2 Comments

Two-time Olympic silver medalist Hilary Knight will practice with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.

Knight, who co-led the U.S. with six points in Sochi and seven assists in Vancouver, will “take part in a portion of Ducks practice” before serving as a guest coach for a girls team during World Girls’ Ice Hockey Weekend, according to the Ducks.

Knight, 25, was the youngest player on the 2010 U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team.

Goalies have practiced and played in NHL exhibition games, most recently Canadian Olympic champion Shannon Szabados with the Edmonton Oilers in March.

Szabados and Finland goalie Noora Raty currently play in men’s leagues.

Six-time Canadian Olympic forward Hayley Wickenheiser participated in Philadelphia Flyers’ prospects camps in 1998 and 1999.

*Correction: An earlier version of this story stated Knight was believed to be the first female skater to practice with an NHL team with the Ducks. While that is technically true, Wickenheiser’s experience wasn’t noted.*

IOC will not reopen 2022 Olympic bidding