(NEW YORK) — He may be one of the oldest players in the NHL, but Anaheim Ducks forward Teemu Selanne is as tough as ever. He’ll be out the next two weeks after taking a stick to the face Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Selanne took a stick to the face from defenseman Luke Schenn, causing him to lose several teeth and get 40 stitches to repair the wound.
The team has sent Selanne back to California for oral surgery.
“He’s a great athlete and a great person, just great to have around,” defenseman Hampus Lindholm said.
The 43-year-old Selanne continues to play at a high level for the Ducks. In his 21st NHL season, Selanne has scored 678 goals with 759 assists.
While the Ducks eagerly await Selanne’s return, the team hasn’t missed a beat. At 10-3-0, the Ducks are third in points in the Western Conference.
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Jill Martin, CNN