Teemu Selanne of the Ducks scored the 574th goal of his NHL career last night, moving him past Mike Bossy into 18th place on the all-time NHL goal-scoring list. I was in attendance at the old Winnipeg Arena for the far more memorable first time that Selanne passed Bossy. That was the night in early 1993 when he scored the 54th goal of his rookie season to break Bossy’s rookie goal-scoring record.

It’s funny that Bossy’s record seemed so old then as it was set 15 years earlier, in 1977-78. Maybe it seemed old because it happened when I was a preschooler and before my first NHL memory (1979 Finals). But Selanne’s record will be 16 years old at the end of this season and occurred in a scoring era that has long since passed in the NHL. Teemu’s record is so far out of sight that Bobby Ryan of the Ducks would need 53 goals in his final 12 games to break it this year.

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