Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau was asked on Sunday what he saw in a 42-year-old Teemu Selanne, now participating in his 19th NHL training camp.
That hes almost as old as me and looks just as good or better, Boudreau answered.
Dont sell yourself short, Gabby.
Selanne, 15 years Boudreaus junior, enters the 2013 season as the leagues oldest player. Its a transition that has gone largely unnoticed as 43-year-old Dwayne Roloson, the leagues last player born in the 1960s, quietly remains an unrestricted free agent.
But as Roloson struggled in his 42-year-old campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning a season ago, Selanne led the Ducks in scoring at age 41 with 66 points, Finnish Flashing his trademark speed to gain leverage on defenders while appearing in all 82 games.
For his age, hes the best athlete in the world, Boudreau continued. You play this sport at 42 and youre leading the team in scoring there are older players playing in older sports, but they might be a kicker in footba...