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.