Selanne played 21 NHL seasons, with 15 of those being in Ahaheim. He began his career with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93 in spectacular style, setting the NHL record for Most Goals by a Rookie with 76. He remains one of only eight men to score 70 in a season and it remains the fifth highest by a player in a single season and the only 70 goal season by a rookie.
Selanne was dealt by a financially distressed Jets team to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim midway through the 1995-96 season and formed a memorable duo with linemate Paul Kariya for years.
He would play six seasons with the Mighty Ducks and would wear five different jersey styles for the club.
The first two jerseys were the Mighty Ducks original home and away jerseys, which broke new ground as the first jerseys in league history to feature a bold diagonal waist stripe when they debuted for the 1993-94 season. The infuence was immediate, as both the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames would follow suit the following season. They also added new, radical colors to the NHL palette, those being eggplant and jade.
The Mighty Ducks 1993-2003 home jersey,
this particular one manufactured by Nike
The Mighty Ducks 1993-2003 eggplant colored road jersey
history and was used for just two seasons
Competition at the 1997 NHL All-Star Game for the one and only time
During the 2000-01 season, Selanne was the Mighty Ducks leading scorer, but with the team in last place, they chose to trade Selanne to the San Jose Sharks. After two and a half seasons in San Jose, he signed a one year contract, along with former Anaheim linemate Kariya, with the Colorado Avalanche. With the NHL season cancelled in 2004-05, Selanne chose to rest and allow his body to heal rather than play in Europe like many other NHLers chose to.
Again a free agent, Selanne chose to return to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the 2005-06 season. Unlike other older veteran players who did not play during 2004-05 and were never the same again, the year off rejuvenated Selanne, who rebounded from a dismal 15 goal season in Colorado to post a 40 goal season in 2005-06. His strong performance upon his return to the NHL was recognized by Selanne being named the 2006 recipient of the Masterton Trophy for dedication and perseverance to hockey.
His 40 goal season was followed by a 48 goal, 94 point 2006-07 season, easily the best of his second stint in Anaheim, which was capped off by a triumphant Stanley Cup championship, which caused many to speculate if the now 36 year old would retire on top.
That was not to be, and not by a long shot, as Selanne would play an additional seven seasons with the Ducks. Age and injuries began to take their toll, as he was limited to 26 games in 2007-08, 65 and 54 games the two following seasons. However, Selanne still had a surprise for his loyal fans, as he rebounded in 2010-11 with a 73 game, 80 point season and backed that up with a full 82 games and 66 points in 2011-12. He would play two more seasons before retiring after the 2013-14 season at the age of 43.
When Selanne returned to the club in 2005-06, they were in their final season of wearing their original white and eggplant jerseys, only with the dark jerseys now being worn at home and the whties on the road. During Selanne's absence, the club introduced a black alternate jersey in 2003-04, which Selanne wore during his first season back with the Mighty Ducks. However, Selanne found on his return to Anaheim that his traditional #8 was now in use by Latvian defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh. Selanne chose to revert to the #13 that he wore during his rookie season in Winnipeg.
The Mighty Ducks final alternate jersey, worn by Selanne for one season
on his return to Anaheim, notable for the #13
promptly won the Stanley Cup
new Reebok Edge jerseys
One final jersey variation would await Selanne during the final season of his career, as the Ducks were chosen to play outdoors at Dodger Stadium against the Los Angeles Kings as part of the Stadium Series of games, meant to capitalize on the popularity of the New Year's Day Winter Classic games. As with the Winter Classic, teams would wear special one-off jerseys for the event, with the Ducks choosing a bold orange look, which no doubt was visible from the upper reaches of the baseball stadium.
During his second time with the club, Selanne would again lead the team in scoring in 2006, 2007 and one final time in 2012, no easy feat at the age of 41 and when competing with young All-Stars such as Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
In all, Selanne would play 15 seasons in Anaheim, six during his first run with the club as the Mighty Ducks. He would return to the Mighty Ducks for the 2005-06 season and then play eight more after the club name was changed to the Anaheim Ducks, which included winning a Stanley Cup in 2007.
Selanne would wear nine different styles of jerseys, two sets of home and road jerseys and five alternates plus the addition of the one-off Stadium Series jersey for a grand total of ten during his career with the Mighty Ducks and later just Ducks.
Patches worn by Selanne during his second tour of duty in Anaheim included the one game only Teammates for Kids patch on January 5, 2007 on the black home jersey, the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals patch, the NHL Premiere 2011 patch on the white road jersey on October 7, 2011 and on the black alternate on October 7, 2011, the "24" memorial patch for former Mighty Ducks player Ruslan Salei, who died in the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Air Disaster, the Ducks 20th Anniversary patch during his final NHL season of 2013-14 and the Stadium Series patch on the Ducks special one-off orange jerseys on January 25, 2014.
Here is the tribute video to Selanne from last evening's special night in Anaheim.