This is why.
Just a classy send off to the great Teemu Selanne, one of the classiest (and most talented) players hockey has ever seen.
It wasn’t an self-indulgent, year-long, over-the-top, ego-filled goodbye tour where every team gave him a goodbye present like the New York Yankees Mariano Rivera got last year or the treatment Derek Jeter is sure to get this year.
And that’s what makes it so special.
For 15 of Selanne’s 23 years in the league, he was Anaheim’s.
Ducks fans deserved to give him this sendoff. The one and only sendoff he got this season and the only one he will get unless the Ducks win the Cup in June (which could very well happen). But even that would be different than this.
That’s a Mark Recchi sendoff, and there’s no guarantee of that happening.
But Anaheim being able to do that and be the only ones to do it?
Not ego-filled. Not over-the-top. Not self-indulgent.
Just a fanbase saying goodbye to one of theirs and possibly the best player that will ever play for their franchise.
That…THAT is what it’s all about.
Well, that…and Teemu being able to pull J.S. Giguere into the fray with him.
Pretty cool moment and a classy move by the Finnish Flash.
Thanks for the memories, #8.