In a late game that few on the East Coast stayed awake to see, Olympic ice hockey history was made. During the second period the Finnish Flash, Teemu Selanne, assisted Kimmo Timonen on a power play to get the puck past German goalie Dimitri Patzold. With this assist Teemu Selanne broke the record for most points scored in the Olympics, with 37 Olympic career points.
Teemu has played in 27 games over five Olympics. His offensive play has helped Finland beat Belarus and Germany in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Finland will be counting on Selanne to lead the charge in their game against Sweden, the other unbeaten team of Group C, on the 21st.
Selanne’s NHL career began in 1988, when Winnipeg drafted him in the first round. During his rookie season (1992-93), Teemu set the records for most goals and points in a rookie season. He had 76 goals and 56 assists for a total of 132 points. Teemu also won the Calder Trophy that year.
Since his outstanding rookie season, Teemu has garnered other accolades. He has played in the All-Star Game nine times, and won the MVP in 1997-98. In 1998-99 he won the Maurice Richard trophy for being the NHL’s leading goal scorer. He won the Masterson Trophy in 2005-06 for perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. With the Anaheim Ducks, he won the Stanley Cup in 2007. His 1,270 NHL career points puts him 128 points behind Finland’s all time leading scorer Jari Kurri, and he is quickly closing in on Jari in goals scored—Jari has 601 to Teemu’s 597.
A native of Helsinki, Teemu currently plays for the Anaheim Ducks, but he has been having a difficult season. In December he fractured his left hand trying to block a shot; the injury resulted in seventeen missed games. Then in January a deflected puck broke his jaw, and he missed eight more. After such a tumultuous December and January, it is good to see Teemu Selanne having a great Olympics. Winning a gold medal in Vancouver would be a great addition to an outstanding hockey career.