Thursday, February 18, 2010
Only needing a single point to become the highest scoring player in Olympic history; the 39 year old Selanne looks to achieve that mark tomorrow night against Germany. The assist last night, on a slick pass to Saku Koiku, who in turn fed Olli Jokinen, was his 16th in his Olympic career, spanning 5 Olympics, starting in Albertville, France, and presumably ending here in Vancouver. Couple those 16 assists with his 20 goals, he sits tied with 3 players. According to TSN...
The assist was the 16th of Selanne's Olympic career and, combined with his 20 goals, tied him for the career Olympic scoring lead with the Soviet Union's great Valeri Kharlamov, Vlastimil Bubnik of Czechoslovakia and Canada's 1924 scoring hero Harry (Moose) Watson.Can you imagine; Teemu Selanne played against the USSR in the 1992 Olympics in Albertville. He played against Team USA that year too; guys on that team? How about Scott Gordon and Joe Sacco, the current Head Coaches of the New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche.
This guy's career has been pretty amazing, and frankly, he deserves that scoring record far more than Moose Watson, whoever the hell that is.
(Side note: How awesome is that two hand he gives at the 0:22 mark of that video?)