Forward Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks is making his fifth Olympic appearance in Vancouver. Selanne won a silver medal -- his second career Olympic medal -- with Finland in Torino, where he and linemate Saku Koivu tied for the tournament lead in scoring with 11 points in eight games. Selanne also has an Olympic bronze medals from 1998.
Selanne and Koivu also tied for the overall scoring lead (10 points each) at the 1998 Games, where Finland beat Canada for bronze. At his first Olympics in 1992, he scored 7 goals in eight games at the Albertville Winter Games as Finland finished seventh. At the 2002 Salt Lake Games, Selanne led Finland with three goals.
Selanne has represented Finland at five World Championships (1991, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2008). He led Finland to a silver medal in 1999, with 3 goals and 8 assists in the tournament, and a bronze in 2008. He made his international debut at the 1989 World Junior Championships. Selanne twice played in the World Cup of Hockey, in 1996 and 2004. He had a goal and three assists at the 2004 World Cup, where Finland finished second to Canada.
After being drafted 10th overall in 1988 by the Winnipeg Jets, Selanne had one of the best seasons of all time in 1992-93, scoring 76 goals, 56 assists and 132 points. His goal and point totals were rookie records as he won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, played in the All-Star Game in Montreal, and was NHL Rookie of the Month three times. He also scored six points in six playoff games. In 1993-94, he became the second fastest player to reach the 100 career goal milestone, getting his 100th in his 130th game. In 1996, he was traded to Anaheim and finished the season with 108 points and was a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship. In 1998-99, he scored 47 goals, winning the inaugural Maurice Richard Trophy for leading the league in goals scored.
Stanley Cup win
In his 14th season in the NHL, Selanne won his first Stanley Cup in 2007 with Anaheim. Selanne scored 5 goals and had 10 assists in 21 playoff games. He considered retiring after the 2006-07 season, and only joined the Ducks in January 2008 for the 2007-08 season. He then played most of the 2008-09 season. In the 2009 offseason, Selanne's close friend and frequent Finland teammate Saku Koivu signed with the Ducks as a free agent. Selanne and Koivu quickly found their offensive spark together, but injuries have limited Selanne's playing time his season. He first missed several weeks with a broken finger, and in his third game back from that, he was hit in the face with a puck and broke his jaw. But despite worries that the broken jaw would force him to miss the Olympics, Selanne had surgery immediately and was expected to recover in time.
Nicknamed "The Finnish Flash," he spends his summers near Helsinki. He doubled as a kindergarten teacher in Finland for three years while playing hockey before coming over to the NHL in 1993. Selanne has a twin brother, Paavo, who was a hockey goaltender and later played field hockey on the Finnish national team. Paavo is now a teacher in Finland. Selanne and his wife, Sirpa, have three sons: Eemil, Eetu and Leevi, and a daughter, Veera. Selanne brought the Stanley Cup to Finland in the summer of 2007. He was once voted sexiest man in Finland by the magazine Eeva.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.