“There’s always a lot of great things that happen [as a player] but overall, I think the most satisfaction I got from my career was that I had the chance to play for 21 years and was almost 44 years old when I retired (in 2014) and was still playing [at] the top level,” Selanne said, who played for the Jets, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim/Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche.
“There’s so many great things –the 2007 Stanley Cup (won with Anaheim) was the crown for my career and I’m so thankful for that. When I look back, I always feel how lucky I was to be around so many great people, in so many different ways. I could never do this by myself.”
“As a player, this is the highest honor you could get. I feel very humble to be here this week. It’s great to share this with those other guys. After all, I think we all have the same kind of background — our parents, so many teammates and coaches… we’ve been around great people. I feel that we’ve all been very lucky.”
As Selanne looks back at his rediculous 1992-1993 season, when he had 76 goals and 56 assists in 84 games to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. Selanne said, “That whole year was like a dream. Honestly, I don’t think I realized what I’d done until a couple of years later. It didn’t feel like anything too special at the time. Obviously, the whole city of Winnipeg and the fans were just so excited. I lived with that. I didn’t read the papers [but] I felt the passion and excitement from the fans.”
“I was just so hungry on the ice for more and more and more. I played with great players and the confidence just got bigger and bigger. You realize more now what you have done. It was something unbelievable.”
Selanne joked that advance scouting by opponents perhaps wasn’t what it might have been, and said he took advantage of the fact “that a lot of lot of teams didn’t do their homework. We surprised them night after night.”
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Sources: Hockey Hall of Fame
Source: Dave Stubbs- “For Selanne, road to Hall of Fame included street hockey in Winnipeg”