Why was Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne smiling Wednesday?
He knew it was the last time he’d ever have to go through hockey players’ least-favorite day -- preseason fitness testing -- because he recently announced that he will retire after the coming NHL season his 21st.
“Exactly!” he said after completing his appointed tests at the Honda Center. “Honestly this is the day you start the whole new year. It’s one of those days you don’t want to do very often.”
Selanne 43 will face a lot of “lasts” in the coming months including final visits to many arenas and final games against various teams. He claims he’s not sentimental but said he’s glad he went ahead and declared this will be his final season instead of leaving it up in the air as he has the past few years.
“I’m way more relieved than before because I can enjoy every day” he said. “It was a good decision to just say it right away and just take advantage of every day and enjoy. You know it’s a good thing.