Winnipeg is still Teemu Selanne's town

Teemu Selanne bids farewell to Winnipeggers after Sunday's game against the Jets. (KEVIN...

Teemu Selanne bids farewell to Winnipeggers after Sunday's game against the Jets. (KEVIN KING/Winnipeg Sun)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 AM ET

WINNIPEG - It started when he landed at the airport and continued when he reached the team hotel, late Saturday night.

At the morning skate the next day, getting on the team bus back to the hotel — it just never seems to end.

Wherever Teemu Selanne goes, his fans follow.

“He’s like the Pied Piper,” Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, was saying, Sunday afternoon. “Everywhere you go, people love him.”

Nowhere quite as much as here, though.

More than two decades after he first touched down in Winnipeg as No. 13, the Finn with the grin, now 43 years young, played his last NHL regular season game here, Sunday — No. 8 in their programs, No. 1 in their hearts.

“This place is really, really special,” Selanne said. “Even (Saturday) night when we got to the hotel, there was a lot of people waiting. That’s unbelievable.”

Selanne’s Traveling Road Show has the feel of an iconic rock group’s farewell tour, except all the groupies want is a


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