Selanne’s time in Winnipeg deserves tribute here

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It’s time for a permanent form of tribute to Teemu Selanne to be established here in Winnipeg.

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This article was published 12/01/2015 (2883 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

It’s time for a permanent form of tribute to Teemu Selanne to be established here in Winnipeg.

While retiring his jersey is problematic, and likely not very fitting, the idea of a bronzed statue of Selanne in his shooting the glove out of the air pose seems perfect.

Not lost in all the Selanne celebrations this weekend was the connection Winnipeggers still have with the player and in particular his rookie season with the Jets.

ALEX GALLARDO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Anaheim Duck Teemu Selanne watches as the team retires his number.

It’s a moment in time that hasn’t been tarnished over the years and Selanne’s 76 goals as an NHL rookie is an iconic accomplishment.

Playing parts of four seasons in Winnipeg and scoring 147 goals and 306 points, however, isn’t jersey-retiring stuff.

Not to mention the thorny subject of “what franchise owns those statistics anyway?” The Jets, for which Selanne played, were sold to Phoenix.

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But this isn’t a Jets issue. It’s a Winnipeg hockey issue.

Like the Winnipeg Falcons, the WHA teams and their championships, like Billy Mosienko’s three goals in 21 seconds.

Selanne’s time in Winnipeg was but a flash. Honouring it while adding some permanency seems fitting.

Fans would love it. They would take pictures with it and they would revere it. It would, like Selanne’s rookie season, become a Winnipeg thing.

My colleague Randy Turner had this to say about Selanne on Sunday night.

Perfectly said. And well worth remembering.

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