VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Teemu Selanne of Finland became the all-time leading scorer in Olympic ice hockey when he assisted on a goal during Friday’s game against Germany.
The 39-year-old Selanne, playing in his fifth Games, got the second assist on Kimmo Timonen’s second-period powerplay goal which gave Finland a 3-0 lead on their way to a 5-0 win.
“It’s a big honour,” Selanne told reporters. “If somebody told me 30 years ago that this would happen, I would probably say you’re crazy.”
The Finnish Flash had been tied on top of the Winter Games’ points list with Canadian Harry Watson, former Soviet Union great Valeri Kharlamov and Czechoslovakia’s Vlastimil Bubnik on 36 points.
The assist gave Selanne, who was playing with a plastic shield to protect a broken jaw, a total of 20 goals and 17 assists during Olympic competition.
Finland captain Saku Koivu, Selanne’s team mate with the NHL Anaheim Ducks, retrieved the puck for his friend.
“Playing in so many Olympics and always playing with a lot of good players and having had a lot of success is what made this possible,” Selanne said.
Selanne, who won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2006-07, is within five goals of overtaking Jari Kurri’s 601 total for most goals scored by a Finnish player in the NHL.
The Finnish veteran has won silver and bronze medals at both the Olympics and world championships.
(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Ed Osmond. To query or comment on this story email@example.com)