Ducks' Selanne 'excited' to play another season

Teemu Selanne has decided to return for another season with the Anaheim Ducks. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Teemu Selanne has decided to return for another season with the Anaheim Ducks. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

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, Last Updated: 3:39 PM ET

ANAHEIM, Ca. - Teemu Selanne has decided to return for another season with the Anaheim Ducks.

Reports last week indicated that Selanne was set to come back for the 2010-11 campaign, and on Monday the 40-year-old forward made it official with a statement via Twitter on the club's website.

"After thinking about it for the last few months, I've decided to return to play for the Ducks," said Selanne. "I'm excited about the summer additions the team has made. I know this team can win."

Selanne completed his injury-plagued 17th NHL season in 2009-10 with 27 goals and 48 points in 54 games. He has spent the past five seasons with the Ducks and also played for the franchise from February 1996 to March 2001.

Last year, the native of Finland became the third European-born player in league history to top the 600-goal plateau, and also passed Hall-of-Famer and five-time Stanley Cup champion Jari Kurri for most goals scored in a career by a Finnish-born player.

Selanne currently has 606 goals while Kurri retired with 601. Czech native Jaromir Jagr holds the European-born NHL record at 646.

The 10-time NHL All-Star Game participant began his career with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93 and scored 76 goals his rookie season. He has also played for San Jose and Colorado during his illustrious career, which features two selections as a First-Team NHL All-Star and two Second-Team choices.


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