Selanne retiring from international play; NHL future uncertain

QUEBEC CITY – Teemu Selanne wouldn’t say whether his Hall of Fame NHL career is over yet, but he has retired as one of Finland’s all-time greatest international players.

“The NHL, I don’t know,” Selanne said after Finland’s 4-0 win over Sweden in the bronze medal game at the World Championship. “But with the national team, I think that’s it. It’s time to move on.”

Selanne has had a distinguished international career for Finland. He has won both a silver and bronze medal in the Olympics and has a silver and two bronze in the World Championship. He led all scorers and was named the top forward at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

Including Olympics, World Championships and Canada/World Cups, Selanne has scored 50 goals and 94 points in 84 games. In the 1989 World Junior Championship, he had five goals and 10 points in seven games.

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Selanne said he knew before this year’s World Championship that this would be his final stint with the national team.

“I would rather win the bronze medal game than lose in the gold medal game,” Selanne said. “I’m so happy to be able to go out like this. We won the bronze medal and that’s a big thing.”

Selanne has already said he plans to make up his mind about his NHL future before July 1 and will start from the start of next season if he does play. He also said he’ll either play for the Anaheim Ducks or he’ll retire.

Ken Campbell is at the World Championship in Quebec and will be filing daily reports through to the final day.

Read THN’s preview of the gold medal game HERE.

Read other news and notes from Saturday at the World Championship HERE.