Anaheim, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Fans and players took the chance to salute retiring player Teemu Selanne during the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, Friday at Honda Center.
Selanne, one of the most beloved players the NHL, announced before the season that 2013-14 would be his last.
So with the Ducks way behind in Game 7 of their Western Conference Second Round series, the fans stayed put.
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau put him on the ice with 1:52 remaining, and fans from each team gave him a standing ovation.
After handshakes, pats and hugs from every Kings player during handshake line, the Ducks gathered near their bench as the crowd saluted Selanne again.
The Kings all stopped near their bench and tapped their sticks on the ice.
The 43-year-old finishes his NHL career with 684 goals and 1,457 points in the regular season and 44 goals and 88 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Selanne is an almost certain first-ballot Hockey Hall of Fame member in three years if this is truly the end.
“There’s going to be a lot of sadness about this, but overall, there is going to be a lot of happiness. It’s been an unbelievable journey,” said Selanne.