Teemu Selanne and Teppo Numminen going into Jets Hall of Fame

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Feb 17, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks former players Paul Kariya (left) and Teemu Selanne speak at ceremony to retire the No. 27 jersey of defenseman Scott Niedermayer (not pictured) before the game against the Washington Capitals at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Winnipeg will induct original Jets Teemu Selanne and Teppo Numminen into the club’s Hall of Fame in November.

The Finnish players will be the ninth and 10th members of the Winnipeg Hall of Fame. Their banners will be raised on Nov. 17 during a pregame ceremony ahead of Winnipeg’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.

“Teemu and Teppo have made indelible marks as part of Winnipeg Jets history and have deep connections to the city and with Winnipeg fans,” said Mark Chipman, Executive Chairman of the Winnipeg Jets. “We are excited and honoured to celebrate their outstanding achievements as Winnipeg Jets and make our admiration and gratitude official with an induction into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame.” 

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Teemu Selanne and Teppo Numminen to be honored

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Nov 21, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks retired player Teemu Selanne acknowledges the crowd prior to dropping the ceremonial first puck before the NHL game against the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Selanne was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017. He’s the highest-scoring Finn in NHL history.

“Winnipeg gave me my start in the NHL and holds a special place in my heart,” said Selanne in a press release. “I have a lot of great on-ice memories from my time playing in the city, but equally as many off-ice memories in a community that has made me feel like one of their own since day one. I feel beyond privileged to be recognized by the Jets in this way, and to do it alongside my good friend Teppo is a true honour.”

Selanne, 52, was drafted No. 10 overall by the Jets in the 1988 draft. He played his first four seasons in Winnipeg but spent the bulk of his career with the Ducks.

Selanne tallied 147 goals and 306 points in 231 career games with the Jets before getting traded to Anaheim, where he won a Stanley Cup in 2007. He spent 15 seasons with the Ducks. The Ducks retired his No. 8 jersey in 2015.

Selanne finished with 1,457 points (684 goals, 773 assists) for his career. He retired after the 2013-14 season.

Numminen, 54, played 15 seasons for the franchise, including eight in Winnipeg and seven in Phoenix, where the team relocated in 1996. He recorded 108 goals and 426 assists in 1,098 career games with the franchise. He retired after the 2008-09 season. He finished his career with 637 points (117 goals, 520 assists).

“To be inducted into the Winnipeg Jets Hall of Fame alone means a great deal, but to be inducted with Teemu is beyond words for me,” said Numminen in the same release. “I couldn’t have asked for a better city to play the first eight years of my NHL career in, and to be recognized in front of the same passionate community that made playing hockey a treat every single night will be an unforgettable moment for my family and I.”

The pair will join Bobby Hull, Ulf Nilsson, Anders Hedberg, Dale Hawerchuk, Ab McDonald, Lars-Erik Sjoberg, Randy Carlyle and Thomas Steen in the Winnipeg franchise Hall of Fame, established in 2016.

–Field Level Media