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After practice some of the Ducks shared their memories of the Dynamic Duo known as Selanne and Kairya. They talked to Andrew Cogliano and Francois Beauchemin after practice and this is how it went down:
Andrew Cogliano (on Selanne’s impact): He’s one of the best players of all time and one of the better guys that’s probably ever played the game in terms of how he treated people and how he was a s a teammate. He deserves all the credit he gets. Everyone loves Teemu. That’s the bottom line. He was a phenomenal player. Him being inducted into the Hall of Fame was quite expected.
Andrew Cogliano (on the importance of Kariya and Selanne to the franchise): Those two guys are people that really put this organization on the map. When you think about the Ducks, especially in the early days, Paul Kariya and Teemu come to mind. As a kid growing up, Paul Kariya was someone you loved to watch and someone you really one day wanted to meet. Hopefully we get to see him around the room. Those are two guys that are pretty special in the organization and they deserve a special night.
Francois Beauchemin (on Kariya’s impact): I watched the ceremony on Monday and it was great to see those guys going in together with the history they had with the Mighty Ducks. I played with Teemu and I knew Paul from watching him play. I didn’t know him personally, but everybody knows he’s a great guy who had work ethic. The numbers he put up were amazing.
Francois Beauchemin (on his hondest memories of Selanne): Everybody knows Teemu. He’s the greatest guy to be around in the locker room. He’s always happy and excited to come to the rink every day with a smile on his face. He never had a bad day. His accomplishments on the ice were amazing. Just having a chance to play with him for so long, I was fortunate to do that. There’s always that one goal you remember from a guy, and from him it was the Detroit goal in overtime [2007 Western Conference Final, Game 5] with the water bottle going up on Dominik Hassek.
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Source: Kyle Shohara- “Fowler Returns to Practice, Plus Memories of Kariya, Selanne”- thoughts on Kariya and Selanne from Cogliano and Beauchemin
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