This is Selanne’s second stint as captain for the Fins.; having also donned the “C” during the 2002 games in Salt Lake City. He also enters the tournament as its’ all-time leading scorer, with 37 points in 31 games. He led the tournament in scoring in both 1992 and 2006.
It was originally expected that one of the Koivu brothers would have the honor in Sochi, but neither are playing. Mikko Koivu had to withdraw due to injury; while Selanne’s teammate with the Anaheim Ducks Saku Koivu declined to concentrate on the NHL season.
Selanne has 20 points in 47 games this season for the Ducks. The 43-year-old forward has played 103 games for Finland in his illustrious international career. In addition to lighting up the scoreboard during the Olympics; Selanne also frequents the podium. Although gold has eluded him thus far; he does have a silver (2006) and two bronze medals (1998 & 2010) to his credit.
Finland opens its’ tournament schedule Thursday against Austria.