The national team of Finland set to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver this February received some bad news with results in the National Hockey League last night.
Right wing TEEMU SELANNE of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks suffered a fractured jaw late in the third period against the Boston Bruins. The veteran Finnish international was struck in the jaw with a puck that first deflected off an opponent’s stick then bounced off the ice upwards with less than nine minutes remaining in the third period at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Finland’s national team long-time team physician, HARRI HAKKARAINEN, has estimated that Selanne could be out from anywhere from three to six weeks, according to Finnish media outlet YLE. (www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/)
Selanne is Finland’s all-time leading goal scorer at major international tournaments. The 39-year-old veteran had just returned to NHL action after missing 17 games due to a fractured wrist. Selanne has managed 16 goals (23 pts) in 30 games for the Anaheim Ducks this season but this latest setback leaves his participation at the Vancouver Games in jeopardy.
Selanne, who has appeared four times for Finland at the Winter Games, is among the Olympics all-time leading scorers.