Southern California is known for making movies. There was a Hollywood-like end for Teemu Selanne, and an old teammate who was on the opposing teams bench.
Sunday night in Anaheim was Selanne's night. The 43-year-old, who began his career in 1991 with the old Winnipeg Jets, was named captain for the game in his last regular season game in the NHL. The Ducks are in the playoffs, so we will see Selanne for at least four more games.
While it was his night, Selanne took his final lap with an old teammate. Avalanche goaltender, Jean-Sebastian Giguere, was a part of the Ducks 2007 Stanley Cup team with Selanne and is most likely going to wrap up his career after being a backup this season for Colorado. Much like Selanne starting in the league with the Jets, Giguere started as a Hartford Whaler. Another team that relocated in the mid-90s.
It is one of those great moments in sports that make us step back and understand what the game means to players like Selanne and Giguere.
Selanne is one of the most liked players in the NHL. Including Giguere in his farewell lap just proves that point. Knowing that his former teammate was a major part of Anaheim's Stanley Cup runs in 2003 and 2007, and that he too might call it a career, why not take the lap together and let the fans at the Honda Center say goodbye to him as well?
A moment that Selanne came up with before Hollywood did.
The sequel to this great moment would be Selanne raising the Stanley Cup in June.