Retiring Teemu Selanne fights back tears after Ducks eliminated

Ducks winger Teemu Selanne (left) greets Kings goalie Jonathan Quick after Game 7 of their second...

Ducks winger Teemu Selanne (left) greets Kings goalie Jonathan Quick after Game 7 of their second round playoff series in Anaheim on Friday, May 16, 2014. The Kings won 6-2, ending Selanne's NHL career. (Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:17 AM ET

ANAHEIM - A class act until the end, even the Los Angeles Kings stuck around to bid Teemu Selanne a fond farewell.

The Anaheim Ducks winger’s storied NHL career came to an end with his team’s elimination in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal Friday.

“There’s not many guys left in this league that have earned the respect and admiration of not only the fans but the players he played against,” said Kings winger Justin Williams. “We would have stood out there for 20 minutes if we could. If that is his last game, and I imagine it is, I don’t know, he has nothing to be upset about. He was an awesome player.”

Selanne fought back tears on the ice following the 6-2 loss to the Kings as he was given one last standing ovation.

The Finnish Flash broke into the league as a 20-year-old with the original Winnipeg Jets and is retiring after 22 seasons.

“It’s sad, that guy has been an unbelievable player in this league for so long, everyone respects him,” said Kings defenceman Drew Doughty. “He deserves that respect. To see him go, to know that next year we’ll play Anaheim without him out there is going to feel weird. I couldn’t be more happy for him, he had an unbelievable career. I guess you feel bad in a way that we ended it this way.”


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