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Ducks to retire Teemu Selanne's No. 8 before game in January

Teemu Forever, literally.

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

There's no reason to wait. We all know he deserves it, and that he's the best player in Anaheim Ducks history. Teemu Selanne will be honored as such on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 when they raise his No. 8 to the rafters of Honda Center.

The Ducks host the Winnipeg Jets that evening at 6 p.m. PT. Selanne was drafted by the original Jets with the 10th overall pick in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft.  He was traded to Anaheim in February 1996, just a few months before the Jets packed up and moved to Arizona.

Selanne played 15 years in two different stints with the Ducks, scoring an incredible 988 points -- 457 goals and 531 assists -- in 966 regular season games. During his time with the Jets, Selanne scored 147 goals and 159 assists in just 231 games, including an unbelievable 76-goal, 56-assist campaign during his rookie year. Yes, he won the Calder Trophy that year.

A 10-time NHL All-Star, Selanne also led the NHL in goals three times in his career. He won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2005-06.

Selanne might play hockey professionally again, even though his NHL career came to a frustrating end this past season in the second round of the 2014 playoffs against Los Angeles. Reports indicate that Selanne may return home to play for Finnish club Jokerit, the team he played for three years during junior hockey and his first three years of pro hockey. Jokerit is making the move this coming season from Finland's SM-liiga to the KHL.