Teemu Selanne, Ari Mennander
Teemu Selanne, nicknamed the Finnish Flash, exploded in his rookie season for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, scoring a record 76 goals, tying for the league lead, winning the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie and making the all-star team. Far from fading in his sophomore season, Selanne proved to be no flash in the pan, scoring more than a point a game, and going on to score 684 goals and 1,457 points over his astonishing 21-year career with the Jets, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche. He scored another 44 goals and 88 points in the playoffs, winning the Stanley Cup with Anaheim. Selanne still holds the record for most goals and assists by a rookie in NHL history and the most points in a season. He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017—only the second Finn (after Jari Kurri) ever elected to the Hall.
Teemu Selanne is unquestionably hockey royalty, having won countless accolades during his storied career. This deep dive into the life of a unique superstar, top athlete and family man shows that such success and longevity have not come without their hurdles. How did a young man from Helsinki mature into a world-class player, one of the all-time best? What kind of personal obstacles did Selanne encounter, and how did he manage the immense pressure of representing his country and striving for his sport’s top prizes? Featuring never-before-told stories from Selanne’s NHL years with the Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche, as well as rare colour photos from his personal collection, this is an essential read for all hockey fans.