GWMHL

All-Time Greats, Part 2: Teemu Selanne

In EDH, Special Features on June 4, 2011 at 2:04 pm

When Ice Harbor’s Keith Tkachuk hung them up this year, he did  it with his name in the GWMHL record books as the league’s all-time leader in goals and points. But Tkachuk’s records aren’t safe – not as long as El Dorado winger Teemu Selanne is still in the hunt.

This season, Selanne passed Joe Sakic on the all-time points list, is just four behind Brendan Shanahan and 13 behind Jaromir JagrHe notched his 600th career goal this season, and trails Shanahan by just two. Tkachuk is still 36 goals ahead – but the lead is in sight.

Selanne was the first overall draft pick in the first-ever GWMHL Rookie Draft in 1993. Since then, he’s been one of the league’s most consistent offensive performers – all with the same franchise. He’s scored 50 goals four times and 40 twice. And the scary part? He’s still good. Hobbled by injuries this year, he still managed 26 goals in 54 games.

Selanne was also been a key player in one of the most fascinating dramas to unfold in Gump Cup history.

From 1998 to 2000, the Lynx appeared in three straight Gump Cup Finals… and lost each one. In 2000, they were up 3-1 in their final series against Saint Louis, poised to finally break the streak, only to watch the Blues rally to win it in 7. In that deciding game, with the score still tied 1-1, Selanne had Dominik Hasek beaten, a wide-open cage… and missed. The Blues went on to score three more after that and win the game – and the series.

It would be a long year before Selanne got his shot at redemption, but it did come. The Lynx once again found themselves in the finals and leading their winner-take-all series with Portland three games to one.

Trailing by two goals going into the third period of game 5, Selanne hoisted the team on his back and led the Lynx to five unanswered goals. He scored the eventual game-winner and finished the game with a hat trick en route to the team’s first Gump Cup.

Who knows when Selanne will retire, but he’ll do it as one of the true GWMHL legends.

Year   Name                       GP    G    A  PTS  +/-  PIM
93-94  Rochester Chenes Royale    84   73   39  112  -25   55
94-95  Rochester Chenes Royale    42   26   19   45   -1   26
95-96  Rochester Chenes Royale    74   27   29   56    8   12
96-97  Rochester Chenes Royale    79   20   34   54    8   22
97-98  Morgan Hill Lynx           80   59   42  101   17   56
98-99  Morgan Hill Lynx           75   50   33   83   19   50
99-00  Morgan Hill Lynx           75   55   40   95   30   38
00-01  Morgan Hill Lynx           79   40   34   74   29   20
01-02  Morgan Hill Lynx           73   31   47   78   45   44
02-03  Morgan Hill Lynx           82   35   30   65   19   66
03-04  Morgan Hill Lynx           82   24   28   52   28   38
04-06  El Dorado Lynx             78   11    8   19  -22   44
06-07  El Dorado Lynx             80   48   64  112   16   76
07-08  El Dorado Lynx             82   57   55  112   32  124
08-09  El Dorado Lynx             26   12   19   31    7   18
09-10  El Dorado Lynx             69   29   35   64  -11   56
10-11  El Dorado Lynx             54   26   34   60   21   16
                  Totals        1214  623  590 1213  220  761
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