By Ron Cantiveros
Finnish Flash Returns to Winnipeg
It seems like it was only yesterday when I was sitting at home watching the “Finnish Flash,” Teemu Selanne score 76 goals in his rookie season with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992. Many Winnipeg Jets hockey fans have amazing memories during his time in Winnipeg and were especially excited to see him play in Winnipeg one more time. Teemu Selanne now plays for the Anaheim Ducks and was in Winnipeg to the play the Winnipeg Jets.
It was an exciting night of watching Selanne during the pre-game warm up as he started flipping pucks over the boards. Fans chanted “Teemu, Teemu, Teemu” before the national anthems and Selanne rose to thank and salute the fans at MTS Centre.
The Winnipeg Jets won the game 5-3 and Selanne was awarded the third star of the game. In the hearts and minds of fans at the MTS Centre, he was the first, second and third star. The Ducks Corey Perry summed it all up, “It was awesome. He’s a class-act guy and I think they did it right tonight. THey cheered every time he had the puck and they booed everybody else on our team. That’s a special night for him.”
At the final buzzer, Selanne was the last to leave the ice but not before throwing several hockey sticks in to the crowd. Winnipeg fans will never forget one of the brightest spots in Winnipeg Jets history.
December Epic Home Stand Continues
Midway through their 12-game December homestand, the Winnipeg Jets are 6-1 at home, with the only loss against the Washington Capitals in a tight 1-0 loss with Alexander Ovechikin knotching the only goal. Two key Jets wins came against the Bruins, ending a 15-game winning streak and the league leading Minnesota Wild.
Other wins include the Coyotes, Devils, Hurricanes and Ducks. The one road loss was a 7-1 thrashing against the Detroit Red Wings.
As of December 19th, the Winnipeg Jets are 15-13-4 with 34 points tied for 9th in the Easten Conference with with Ottawa.
Dec 20th: New York Islanders (Home)
Dec 22nd: Montreal Canadiens (Home)
Dec 23rd: Pittsburgh Penguins (Home)
Dec 27th: Colorado Avalanche (Away)
Dec 29th: LA Kings (Home)
Dec 31st: Toronto Maple Leafs (Home)
Jan 4th: Montreal Canadians (Away)
Jan 5th: Toronto Maple Leafs (Away)