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The Selanne Factor

Posted 12:27 PM ET | Comments 6
If you are lucky enough to have a close friend or relative that can light a room with their smile or presence, then you have a glimpse of what it has looked like around the Duck's locker room for the last 10 games. The Ducks are 9 - 1 since the return of Teemu Selanne and when he steps in and has a 5 point night like he did against the Blackhawks, that helps too.

Selanne obviously brings a scoring talent that very few others posses. But he also brings the "Selanne Factor" as well. That is the always positive, hard working, intense - yet always poised, winning attitude. It is the smile that he brings to the rink for the love of the game. It is the seasoned perspective that he exudes to his teammates that brings a calm confidence. On the young guys and rookies who are so nervous to fail, Selanne gives them calm and laughter to shake off the nerves. I can't count the number of times I have heard him say, "work hard and have fun." Pretty simple.

When the media pressure, fan pressure, self pressure, and pressure of playing on the highest hockey stage drop on a team or an individual player, the burden can be overwhelming. Selanne is one of those special people who are able to side step or minimize that overwhelming pressure and look to the positive and encouraging side of any situation. If stranded on a deserted island, Selanne would likely say, "What beautiful scenery. Thankfully I have clothes on my back and trees to shade the sun. We can even play some soccer with coconuts."

The Selanne Factor is powerful and it is not necessarily about talent or skill. It can change a team or change a season or change a community. It is something that very few people have the chance to experience and be around on a regular basis. If you know one of those special people like Teemu Selanne, stay close to them and make every effort to emulate their humble confidence and excitement for life.
Filed Under:   DF07   DucksFan07   Selanne   Ducks  
February 29, 2008 6:07 PM ET | Delete
Every time I see Teemu at the rink, he is always friendly and cheerful. He will say "Hi" to you and smile before you say it to him. I believe he is truly happy to be playing again, and it's for the love of hockey. Other players new to the Ducks (this season) should learn from him. While others go up in the stands by themselves, Teemu is right there with all the parents, and easily accessible to hockey fans. Any players who dread the problems of crazy hockey cities, should bring their game to SoCal, and live the Selanne life.
RC
February 29, 2008 6:54 PM ET | Delete
Selanne is one of those guys that when you see him interviewed, or even get to chat with him briefly, that you just know would be a great guy to hang out with. I've never heard anyone have a bad experience, or catch any attitude from him. He truly seems like he loves his life, and feels blessed to be able to do what he does. The only down side of repeating as Stanley Cup champs is that I think that will be the end of his career. If they get close, but don't win it all, I think there's a decent chance we'll get to see him for another year.
March 1, 2008 1:28 AM ET | Delete
Selanne makes are team a team. I think his presents bring calm and a little less pressure for are topline to score. Pears and Getz had alot on there shoulders. Adding Teemu with Kunitz was a no brainer. These guys just jell!
March 1, 2008 1:33 AM ET | Delete
Wow DF - nice blog and what a positive message not only from your team and Selanne, but also from your presentation of same. Always look for the good and always figure that there is a brighter future. The present will be so much more palatable and fun. Based on your description and the little I've seen, I'd say that Mr. Selanne qualifies as one of the brighter beacons within the larger group of high quality people that populate hockey. What a great game we have.
March 2, 2008 12:03 AM ET | Delete
dude I nominate you to become our new blogger
March 6, 2008 7:22 AM ET | Delete
Here's your "unbelievable analysis." 3-0.
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