Teemu Selanne retires from Team Finland
QUEBEC CITY — Teemu Selanne is calling it a career playing for Finland's national hockey team, but whether he returns to the NHL next season is up in the air.
"I played my last game with the national team, and it is time to move on," Selanne said after Finland won the bronze medal at the men's world hockey championship on Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Sweden in Quebec City.
As for his storied NHL career, Selanne said he needs time to think about his future.
"The NHL is still up in the air," Selanne said.
Selanne said basically the same thing this time last year after he won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Anaheim Ducks. He needed time to think about whether he was going to retire, and after a long reflection he joined the Ducks in mid-season.
But he said earlier this week that he wouldn't take as long to make his decision about whether to return to the Ducks next season.
"I'll let everybody know by July 1."
Selanne is a measuring stick for greatness in Finland, where he is one of the most popular athletes.
He retires from the national team with a silver and two bronze medals at the worlds, and he's also won a silver and a bronze at Olympic competitions.
The Finns got two goals from Antti Pihlstrom in the victory over their arch-rivals, the Swedes.
Finland, beaten 4-0 by Russia on Friday in the semifinals, has won a medal at three consecutive world championships, taking silver last year and bronze in 2006.
It sounded like not making the championship game against Canada had an impact on Selanne's decision.
"It is tough to lose silver, but the bronze you win and that is so special," Selanne said.
Sweden, 5-4 losers to Canada in the semifinals, gave up a second consecutive world championship bronze medal game after falling 3-1 to Russia in Moscow a year ago.
Sweden's fourth-place finish in the tournament also puts Canada back into the No.1 spot in the International Ice Hockey Federation rankings.