By Michael Walters
The Finnish Ice Hockey Association retired Teemu Selanne’s number 8 today. His jersey was lifted to the rafters at Hartwall Arena today, December 30th prior to Finland’s game against Slovakia in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. Selanne’s #8 will be the third number retired in Finnish national team history, joining Raimo Helminen’s #14 and Jari Kurri’s #17. The replay of the game will be televised in the US on NHL Network at 1PM PST.
Selanne represented the Finnish national team for the first time at an U16 Four Nations Tournament in Fredrikshavn, Denmark in 1985. He played his first game at the tournament against Denmark on December 28th, almost 30 years to the day before this jersey retirement ceremony took place.
During his national team career, Selanne played in 193 national team games, represented Finland six times at the Olympics, played at five IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, and wore the national team jersey at three Canada/World Cup tournaments. Here are the stats from his Olympic career. If you would like to see an expanded view of individual Olympic game stats, then please visit here: Teemu Selanne Olympic Game Logs
Here is video of the partial retirement ceremony in Finland.
Here is another partial recording of the ceremony by TSN.
Here is a link to the full retirement ceremony in Finland:
And you can watch Selanne’s retirement by the Ducks again here: