Right wing Teemu Selanne is returning to the Anaheim Ducks for his 20th season in the NHL.
The Ducks have signed Selanne to a one-year contract through the 2012-13 NHL season. The team announced no financial detail but the contract is reportedly worth $4.5 million.
"While I'm still amazed by his speed and skill level, it's Teemu's love for the game and his teammates that make him so special," said Bob Murray, Anaheim Executive Vice President and General Manager. "Anaheim is where he belongs."
"I still feel I can play at a high level," Selanne said. "As I always say, this is my happy place and I can't wait to get back on the ice in front of our great fans."
Selanne, 42, scored 26 goals and had 40 assists for 66 points in 82 games with the Ducks last season. By not missing a game in 2011-12, Selanne became the oldest player in NHL history at 41 years and 279 days to appear in all 82 games in a single season.
Selanne's 26 goals and 66 points made him the second-oldest player in NHL history to reach those marks in a single season behind Gordie Howe, who scored 71 points in 1968-69 season at age 41.
Last season, he led Anaheim in scoring and power play points (28), ranked second in power play goals (12), assists, and shots (210), and tied for second in game-winning goals (4).
Selanne signed a one-year deal with Anaheim in 2005 after stints with San Jose and Colorado and remained with the team ever since.
The 6-0, 200-pound winger is the franchise's all-time leader in points (937), goals (436), assists (501), rating (+122), power play goals (175) and game-winning goals (73) in 856 games with the Ducks.
Selanne won his first Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 in his 15th NHL season. In 111 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Selanne has collected 41 goals and 38 assists. He leads the Ducks in career playoff goals (32), points (60), power play goals (13), game winning goals (7) and appearances (77).
In 1,341 career games, Selanne has collected 663 goals and 743 assists for 1,406 points. He is the third European-born player to reach the 1,400-point milestone, joining Jaromir Jagr and Stan Mikita.
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