There is a new member of hockey’s elite 600 goals club. Sunday Teemu Selanne scored his 600th goal and is now the 18th member of this exclusive club. This would be the quivalent of baseball’s 500 home run club. Difficult to acheive and only a handful of players have ever done it.
Oddly enough, Teemu’s best season was his rookie campaign when he went 76-56-132, in which he won the Calder Memorial Trophey given to the best rookie. That was nearly 2 decades ago in 1992-93, he has since had a few stops in the league. Playing the majority of his career with the Anaheim Ducks. With stops in San Jose and Colorado. He began his career in Winnipeg with the Jets.
The Jets grew tired of his monetary demands, never living up to the hype after his rookie campaign. Many though his move to the Ducks was going to be the last stop for him and his career. They couldn’t have been more wrong. From 1995 – 2001, he would have 3 seasons with more than 45 goals. He would go on to win the Rocket Richard Trophey in 1998-99. He would end up turing that ducks team into a contender.
In 2001 he was traded to the Sharks. Although he had performed well in San Jose, he never put up the numbers they were hoping for. In 2003 he was traded to the Avalanche, and had one of his worst seasons.
Following the lockout he returned to Anaheim, which is where he is today. He immediately went back to putting up impressive numbers scoring 90+ points in back to back seasons. This year he is 40 years old and still going strong. He has 21 goals and 15 assists and should be able to finish the season 15th overall on the goals scored passing greats such as Jari Kurri, Dino Cicerelli, and Bobby Hull.
Amazingly enough his signed cards go for a mere pittance when compared to some of the other members of the 600 goal club. Most of his signed cards on eBay sell for between $10 – $15, and even some of his high end cards are fetching only $50. For a player that might be remembered as one of the best to ever play the game, these prices are bargain basement. His scoring of his 600th goal has led his cards to spike a bit, but after the season that should settle down. I would love to see him play for 2 more years, but you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank.