Teemu Selanne contemplates future as Ducks season ends

Jeff Gross

As another Anaheim Ducks season came to a close on Sunday night, so too comes the reality of NHL star Teemu Selanne nearing the end of his career.

When the Anaheim Ducks were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal on Sunday night, it didn't take long for questions to rise about the future.

Having felt the regular season joys of improving upon a 13th place finish in the Western Conference in 2011-12, the Ducks were met with the same misery of defeat in 2013 despite a second place finish. While questions will surely be asked about the team's future in the coming weeks, the majority of the focus on Sunday remained with one player in particular.

Teemu Selanne, one of the NHL's most respected players, is nearing the conclusion of his career. With the Ducks' season coming to an end, so too comes the potential of Selanne's playing days in the league. While it certainly wasn't the most opportune time, Selanne was still asked about his future.

Unsurprisingly, the 42-year-old institution wasn't able to say whether he had played professionally for the last time, via NHL.com:

"This isn't the time where I really want to think about it too much. Obviously, it's a big decision again ... I just take some time off and clear my head and think about what's the next step. I don't really have to play but this has been so much fun. I just have to decide when is the time."

Selanne was originally selected with the No. 10 overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft by the original Winnipeg Jets franchise. Labeled the "Finnish Flash," Selanne made his NHL debut during the 1992-93 season when he recorded 76 goals and 56 assists for 132 points in 84 games played. In addition to winning the Calder Memorial Trophy (awarded to the league's top-rookie), Selanne claimed ownership to the all-time rookie record for goals scored and total points, which still stands to this day.

His proficiency in point production continued throughout his career, as he has collected 675 goals, 755 assists and 1,430 points in 1,387 career regular season games.

Having spent the majority of his career with the Anaheim franchise, Selanne has also played with the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. In addition to winning the Calder, Selanne won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard trophy in 1998-99 as the league's top goal-scorer, as well as the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2005-06.

In 2007, he was a member of the Ducks' Stanley Cup championship team.

In the event that Sunday night was Selanne's last game in the NHL, he leaves behind a lasting legacy that certainly will find a place in Toronto at Hockey's Hall of Fame. However, there are plenty of hockey fans who are willing to wait to see him enshrined in the hope that they get to watch him play for one more year.

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