On January 11th, 2015 the Anaheim Ducks held a “Teemu Tribute Night” vs. the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Cente in Anaheim, CA. The special evening included a ceremony and the raising of Selanne’s #8 jersey to the rafters at Honda Center. As another way to honor The Finnish Flash, the Ducks and Jets surprised Teemu by donning various Selanne jerseys over the course of his illustrious NHL career during pregame warm ups. The entire Winnipeg Jets team wore matching jerseys based on the 1992-93 Winnipeg Jets jersey which was worn by Teemu during his rookie season in the NHL. These jerseys being auctioned were issued to the players and not worn during warm up. As an added bonus, Teemu Selanne autographed each of the issued jerseys that night. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.
About Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation:
The Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation (WJTNF) is the charitable arm of the Winnipeg Jets, and ‘charity of choice’ for the MTS Centre and MTS IcePlex. The Foundation allows players, their partners, coaches, board members, and True North staff to contribute to the community of Manitoba in a concerted and centralized manner. The WJTNF raises funds and provides grants to youth charities in Manitoba. The Foundation also runs the True North Hockey Academy, which provides at-risk youth an opportunity to play hockey. The program aims to increase the confidence of the youth, help them feel connected to their community, and motivate them to stay in school.