Teemu glad to be back in 'Peg
PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency
|Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne chases down a puck past Vancouver Canucks right wing Mikael Samuelsson during the second period of their pre-season NHL hockey game in Anaheim, California September 28, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)
Teemu Selanne says he’s looking forward to returning to the city in which he started his NHL career.
On a conference call with reporters, Tuesday, the Anaheim Ducks star, who’ll play here, Saturday, says he hears Winnipeg crowds have been pretty raucous with the return of the Jets this season.
“I heard that building is rocking,” Selanne said. “It’s going to be very special.”
One of the most popular Jets of all time, Selanne was with Winnipeg for parts of four seasons, beginning with his sensational rookie campaign in 1992-93.
The 41-year-old Finn says the trade that sent him to Anaheim in February, 1996, hit him hard, especially considering the incoming owners of the team had reassured him he wasn’t going anywhere.
“I was shocked,” he said. “You almost feel you have failed. The first couple of days I was just totally shocked about what happened.”
Going into this season, the Jets put in a call to Selanne’s agent about a possible return, but Selanne said the Ducks are the only team for him, now.
Selanne has maintained friendships in Winnipeg, and nearly 16 years later hopes to bid the city a proper farewell, Saturday.
“When I was traded I didn’t really get a chance to say goodbye,” he said. “In three days, I was gone.”