On the surface tomorrow night’s game between the Ducks and Jets in Winnipeg doesn’t look like much. Two teams sitting outside of playoff spots facing each other for the first and only time this season. However it’s more than that, because it marks the first time since 1996 that Teemu Selanne will play in the city of Winnipeg. The reason I am extremely interested in seeing this game is because I would like one question answered: Will the Jets fans boo Selanne like they did Shane Doan?

I was shocked when I heard the fans boo Doan in his first trip back to the city earlier this season. I know that during a commercial break the Jets organization played a tribute video and the crowd gave him a standing ovation, but once the video was done they went right back to booing. To tell you the truth, I just didn’t get it. He didn’t demand a trade, or bash the city, or cause the Canadian dollar to drop so hard that the team had to move.

Since they booed Doan, I guess there is a possibility that they boo Selanne too. Selanne played less than four seasons of a 19-season career in Winnipeg, in fact he played just 18 percent of his games for the Jets organization, but what a run.

He set rookie records that still stand with 76 goals and 132 points in the 1992-93 season.

He ranks 10th in goals with 147

His 49 power play goals is good for sixth

He is third in hat tricks with 8

And is tied for 13th in scoring 306 points

oh and lets not forget, he has one of the most famous goal celebrations in NHL history

“All the memories that I have, I’m very excited. I heard that that building is rocking, and the fans are so excited about their team and the whole situation there. It’s going to be a very special day there, and I can’t wait” -Teemu Selanne

I’m not saying there needs to be a  pre game ceremony, I’m not even saying they need to give him a standing ovation, but please Winnipeg, don’t boo the Finnish Flash!

By the way, two interesting facts about Selanne

1) When he started his career in Winnipeg, he wanted to wear #8 but another player already had it. That player: His future coach Randy Carlyle

2) Selanne’s first NHL goal was scored against Jeff Hackett. Hackett’s nephew Matt is now with the Minnesota wild

3) Selanne is old….but still damn good!

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Let’s head to the Links

If Chris Pronger has to retire, his contract situation is quite interesting (Pro Hockey Talk)

Scott Niedermayer’s number will be retired by the Devils tonight (Fire and Ice)

Poo+ Glove= Crazy hockey story (Puck Daddy)

The Pens Blog found a video that they think best thinks describes the Pens 2011 season

Hey Kirk, that power play looks familiar (Canes Now)

A Caps shutout and Ovechkin with a game winning goal….yeah right! (Washington Post)

Anaheim Calling continues their Teemu tribute week

Patrick Kane’s shootout goal is still causing waves (The Rat Trick)

and when you have scored as much as Pavel Datsyuk has, you can have one of these every now and again

 

Comments (2)

  1. Every player on the Coyotes was booed in Winnipeg. The fans actually gave Doan a standing ovation during a TV timeout because he played for the original Jets, but he’s not even in the same conversation as Selanne when talking about former Jets. Selanne is one of the most well-liked Jets players ever and everyone was extremely upset when he was traded. Doan happened to play a season in Winnipeg. Selanne was a favourite, Doan was in the lineup. Selanne’s sort of the equivalent to Captain Kirk, while Doan is one of those guys who wears a red shirt and beams down to planets with the better known crew members. Sure, he works somewhere on the Enterprise, but no one really cares.

    Now, it’s not that Doan hasn’t had a great career, he just didn’t have one in Winnipeg. As a Jet he’s remembered as a rookie that scored 7 goals and had 10 assists. Wow. None of the great years he’s had were in any way associated with Winnipeg, he just happened to play there one season and was a kinda okay rookie. Selanne’s history in Winnipeg is on a whole different level. He’s not getting booed.

  2. Selanne has (Gretzky-like) superstar status in Winnipeg and won’t be booed. Better odds that his name will be chanted before the warmup and right up to the start of the game.

    Doan really only had a fleeting history in Winnipeg, thus no fan connection, and was primarily booed because he is one of the Coyotes better players, thus a target as has been the case with every other team. Prior to the Atlanta purchase, Doan also said he didn’t want to move to Winnipeg (or uproot family or whatever). Probably fine to think, but as an NHL player should have better media relations savvy, and Wpg fans picked up on it (and likely no one from anywhere else) whether it was a slight or not.

    It would be nice if they give Selanne a chance at a mic, perhaps at the end of the game, as I understand that they are trying to minimize the impact on affecting the game itself.

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