Teemu Selänne will end his illustrious international career, which extends over six Olympiads, as the captain of Finland's national ice hockey team in the Sochi Winter Olympics. Appearing in a press conference on Tuesday, Selänne did not try to conceal his enthusiasm to don the letter C. “I said that I don't need a letter on my jersey to display leadership, but I'm very honoured to have been handed the captain's duties,” he said after his first training session in the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
“I've usually worn the alternate captain's A on my shirt,” he continued. “Representing your country is always special.”
During his distinguished career in the NHL, Selänne has only donned the captain's C once, during his first stint with the Anaheim Ducks when regular captain Paul Kariya was engrossed in prolonged contract negotiations. “It's a privilege, especially because this will be my last tournament.”