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Teemu on the Green: Selanne enjoying retirement...as a golf caddy?

Former NHL star Teemu Selanne is in his first year of retirement after a 21-season playing career in North America, but as he showed Wednesday when he served as a caddy for fellow Finn Mikko Ilonen at the Augusta National Golf Club, his competitive juices are still flowing.
The Hockey News

The Hockey News

Teemu Selanne retired at the end of last season, but the 44-year-old future Hockey Hall of Famer hasn't lost his competitive juices – and on Wednesday in a prelude to the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., he was back in a competition of sorts: as a caddy for Finnish pro golfer Mikko Ilonen.

Selanne carried the clubs for his fellow countryman Ilonen at the Masters Par 3 contest, an event annually played at Augusta National Golf Club before the Masters Tournament, which begins Thursday this year. Clearly, Ilonen trusts him despite the less-than-stellar golf skills he displayed in the summer of 2013, when he made this lighthearted video announcing his return to the Anaheim Ducks and the NHL for one more season:

If any star athlete is humble enough and enough of a team player to act in a secondary role, it's Selanne, who was renowned for his class and grace during his 21-season NHL career. He's still an ambassador for hockey - and an incredible one – no matter where he goes.

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