The "The Finnish Flash" is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He formerly played with Jokerit of the SM-liiga and began his NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets who selected him in the first round, 10th overall, at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Selanne has also played for the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche during a professional career that has spanned 25 years.
After leading the SM-liiga in scoring in 1991-92, Selanne broke into the NHL by scoring 76 goals in 1992-93. It remains the league record for most goals by a rookie and earned him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the top first-year player in the NHL. He has scored 50 goals in a season three times and topped 100 points on four occasions. Selanne is one of the highest scoring players in NHL history with nearly 700 goals and over 1,400 points during his career. He has played in 10 NHL All-Star Games, has been named to four post-season All-Star Teams and won the inaugural Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy in 1998-99 as the league's leading goal scorer. He won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy in 2005-06 for perseverance and dedication to the game and was a member of the Ducks' 2007 Stanley Cup championship team.
Internationally, Selanne has been a long-time member of the Finnish National Team. He has played in five World Championships, winning a silver and bronze medal, and in three Canada Cup/World Cup of Hockey tournaments. Selanne is a five-time Olympian, and helped Finland win two bronze medals and, in 2006, a silver medal. He is the all-time leader in scoring at the Olympic ice hockey tournament with 37 points in his career.