Possibly the best moment was Teemu Selanne returning to Winnipeg to play the Jets with his Anaheim Ducks. It might not seem like such a huge deal to the naked eye but dig a bit deeper and you have a player who loved a city and a city that loved a player.
The "Finnish Flash" as he has been affectionally dubbed was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1988, 10th overall. Once Selanne signed a contract in the NHL in 1992, after spending a few more years developing in Finland it was off to the races. In his first game Selanne recored 2 assists, two night later, 2 goals, in his 5th game his first hat trick (3 goals in a single game), and had 11 goals in his first 12 games total. Selanne recored four hat tricks during his rookie season. Not only did Selanne break Mike Bossy's record for goals by a rookie scoring 53 and ending the season with 76 goals total, he broke Peter Stastny's record by recording 110 points snapping Stastny's 109 record, Selanne would finish the season with 132 points. Selanne's days in Winnipeg were numbered. During the 1995-96 season Selanne was traded to the Anaheim Duck, formerly called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. After playing for the Ducks for 5 years Selanne boucned between the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche before finally returning back to Anaheim where he won the Stanley Cup in 2007!
Although the Winnipeg Jets were standing on their feet multiple times during "Selanne's last game in Winnipeg" it actually might not be his last. There is somewhat of a running joke in the NHL and especially the Ducks locker room that Selanne says he is retiring every year and always come back for one more. Perhaps Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf words it the best in the video below.
For fun hockey fans I have unpoaded Mason Raymond's shootout spin-o-rama goal from Saturday night. Clearly goalies in the east weren't aware of Raymond's move. It was a classic while Raymond was in Vancouver. Making fans happy and coaches and GMs from the opposing teams fuming. Below Raymond executes it with perfect grace.
Below you can check out videos of not only Raymond and Getzlaf's retirement wisdom but the game winning goal by Mike Santorelli scored to give the Canucks the win Sunday night vs the Flames. Also watch the amazing standing ovation the Winnipeg Jets fans give Selanne. Nobody will be surprised when the Jets franchise retires his number! Until next time hockey fans, enjoy!