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

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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.

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Finns handle U.S., win yet another men’s hockey medal

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All Finland does at Olympic hockey tournaments is win medals.

On Saturday, the Finns became the first nation to medal four times since NHLers began participating 16 years ago, trouncing the Americans 5-0 at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in the bronze medal game.

After a scoreless opening period, Finland broke out early in the second when Teemu Selanne scored the first of his two goals just 1:27 into the frame. Jussi Jokinen scored 11 seconds later to give the Finns a 2-0 lead, and they broke the game wide open in the third period with three goals in a seven-minute span from Jusso Hietanen, Selanne (again — his fourth of the tournament) and Olli Maata.

Tuukka Rask, back in goal after missing Saturday’s semifinal loss to Sweden with illness, stopped all 27 shots faced for his first shutout of these Olympics.

As mentioned above, the win caps off a remarkable 16-year stretch for the Finns: bronze at Nagano ’98, silver at Turin ’06, bronze at Vancouver ’10 and bronze once again in Sochi. The Finnish performance at this tournament was very impressive, especially considering the team was ravaged by injury — Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu and Tampa Bay’s Valtteri Filppula were ruled out by injury just prior to the start of the Games, and Florida rookie Aleksander Barkov was shelved during the group stage following a knee ailment.

For the Americans, though, Saturday was a massive disappointment.

After losing 1-0 to Canada in the semis on Friday, head coach Dan Bylsma said the goal was to come home with a bronze medal. But the U.S. never got its game on track against the Finns, exhibited by Patrick Kane missing a pair of penalty shots. The Americans also failed to score for the second game in a row, a startling reversal of fortune given they scored 20 goals over their first four games of the tournament, often looking like a dynamic offensive force.

U.S. goalie Jonathan Quick was on the hook for all five Finnish goals, making 24 saves in the loss.

WATCH LIVE: Team USA hockey goes for bronze vs. Finland

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The United States and Finland are just coming off losses to big rivals, missing out on a chance at the gold-medal game in men’s ice hockey. They won’t have much time to lick their wounds, as they face each other for a spot on the podium on Saturday.

MEN’S HOCKEY – Bronze medal game

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Both teams enjoyed their moments of offensive explosiveness in this tournament, yet when they met elite goalies in Sweden’s Henrik Lundqvist and Canada’s Carey Price, they hit a brick wall. Canada blanked the United States 1-0 while the Swedes locked down the Finns 2-1 in Friday semifinal games.

Whether it’s Kari Lehtonen or Tuukka Rask, Finland’s expected to have a strong goalie in net. In the case of Saturday, Rask appears healthy enough to play. The U.S. enjoyed some fantastic goaltending from Jonathan Quick in this tournament, so it’s quite possible that this could be another tight game.

Again, though, these two teams have also shown the ability to break things wide open … so we’ll just have to see. Phil Kessel has been a standout for the U.S. while Teemu Selanne is likely entering his final international game to wrap up his sixth Olympics.

The U.S. is going for its second bronze medal and 12th Olympic men’s hockey medal overall. Finland is shooting for a fourth bronze, which would give them six.