3 players you forgot played for the San Jose Sharks

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2. Teemu Selanne

Forward Teemu Selanne, played a few seasons in San Jose. It probably wasn’t the best years of his career, but having one of the world’s greatest hockey players to play in Northern California was certainly a treat.

There are many celebrities we know just by one name: Cher, Madona, Drake, and Lebron. You can add Teemu to the list as well. As one of international hockey’s greatest players, just saying his first name will trigger many memories of his storied hockey career.

We mostly remember Selanne’s career in Winnipeg with the Jets and down in Southern California, playing two stints with Anaheim Ducks franchise. But after his first go-around in Anaheim, Selanne was traded to the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks sent out forward Jeff Friesen, goaltender Steve Shields, and their 2003 second-round draft pick selection for the Helsinki, Finland native.

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It was a pretty significant deal at the time. Selanne was coming off an 85 point season, but with the Ducks struggling to move out of the basement in the Western Conference, the Sharks pulled the trigger on the trade.

Selanne played 176 games with the Sharks. He tallied 64 goals, 67 assists for 131 points. In back-to-back seasons, Selanne led the team in goals with 29 in the 2001-02 season and then followed it up with 28 goals the next year.

Unfortunately, his production wasn’t enough to push the Sharks to the playoffs. He ultimately finished the 2003 season with San Jose and then declined an option to stay in the Bay Area.

The Finnish Flash continued his career with the Colorado Avalanche before heading back to Anaheim. It was with the Ducks, he won his first and only Stanley Cup.

Selanne also adds four Olympic medals ( three bronze and one silver), two World Championship medals (silver and bronze), a bronze in the European Championship and two medals in the World Cup to his resume.