This will mark the sixth Olympic appearance for Selanne, tying fellow Fin Raimo Helminen (1984-2002) for the all-time record. Selanne served as captain of the 2002 team in Salt Lake City, Utah.
With 37 points in 31 games, Selanne enters the tournament as the Olympics all-time leading scorer. He was named the best forward of the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy in 2006; leading the tournament in scoring with 11 points. He also led the tournament in scoring in 1998 with 10 points and in goals in 1992 with seven. Finland has earned three medals with Selanne; winning a silver (2006) and two bronzes (1998 & 2010).
In his illustrious international career, Selanne has represented Finland a total of 103 times in 15 tournaments. Selanne has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) this season for the Anaheim Ducks. In his career, Selanne has accumulated 1,441 points in 1,421 games over the course of 21 seasons.
“It would be a different scenario if our team wasn’t doing well and were out of the playoffs,” said Koivu. “The way things have gone for us, we’re hoping and we’re confident we can make a push in the playoffs.
That’s where everyone wants to be at their top level. That also had an effect on my decision.”