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.
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 assist during Olympic competition.
Selanne, who plays for the Anaheim Ducks and won a Stanley Cup with them 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