Selanne: Next season is my last

Updated: July 3, 2009, 6:36 PM ET
Associated Press

HELSINKI -- Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne says his next NHL season will be his last.

Selanne
Selanne

Selanne, a 10-time All-Star, celebrated his 39th birthday Friday. He told the Helsingin Sanomat newspaper in Finland that a man his age doesn't belong in the NHL.

Selanne recently contemplated retirement but decided to play for one more season.

He also pondered the possibility of playing with longtime Montreal captain Saku Koivu. The Ducks are a possible new team for Koivu, who is leaving the Canadiens after 13 years.

The Finnish-born Selanne entered the NHL in 1992 at age 22 with the Winnipeg Jets. In his first season, he scored 76 goals to set a rookie record.

Selanne has 614 goals for Winnipeg, San Jose, Colorado and Anaheim.


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