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!
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