Teemu Selanne still just as madly in love with hockey as his early years

2/12/14 in NHL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAs age progresses, it is natural that athletes start to lose the edge to younger, more agile players that have greater stamina. Then there are the exceptions and Anaheim Ducks Teemu Selanne is among them. When the team thinks about placing him among other players who are younger than him, it is not him that they are worried about but rather worry if the other players will be able to keep up with the seasoned veteran. At 43 years, he is still a great hockey player and Ducks forward Lauri Korpikoski agreed with the fact.
"I think it's going to be the other way around," he said.
Just as his performance seems to get even better with age and the enthusiasm never wanes, so does his love for participating in the Olympics. Four years ago in Vancouver he earned the record for being the top scorer in the games. Selanne participated in the 1992 Olympics at Albertville held in France.
Selanne said the secret to his youthful performance was being around guys who were equally enthusiastic about the game. He said age didn’t keep him and his teammates apart and speaking about the way they think, it was pretty much the same.
"I always said that the young guys keep me young too," Selanne said. "The funny thing, I think mentally we are the same age."
Selanne did say that deep in his heart he was even younger than the players who were new in the team and his love for the game shows that much in every game he plays. Selanne said this was more than a job; it was a hobby and life to him.
"I'm younger. I'm a little kid still. That's why I'm still playing," Selanne said. "I don't consider this as a job. It's a game that I love to play."
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