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Teemu Selanne My Life Book Review
By Richard Gonzalez
The book My Life by Teemu Selanne with Ari Mennander is about the Finnish legend and the superstar’s personal and hockey life as a professional hockey player. The book starts off with an introduction by Selanne and goes into the highlight of his playing career: winning the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks.
Selanne is one of the most beloved players and ambassadors of the game. He is one of the greatest Ducks players of all-time and will always be an icon among the hockey world.
The book goes into detail about the life of Selanne prior to him becoming the Finnish Flash and hockey icon. In the beginning, during his birth, there is some foreshadowing as to what is to become of Selanne. Like Barry Allen getting struck by lighting and becoming the Flash. This book takes you through a chronological journey of Selanne’s path and personal feelings.
The book was well organized and made for a smooth and easy flowing read. At times reading this it felt like the words for forming a movie in my head. It was nice to find relatable similarities in his upbringing and the book really accurately showed his personality and why he is the way he is now. Often times one can really capture some of these moments from this book.
He discussed adversities and really expressed his true emotions in certain parts of his life. I really liked the way he wanted this book to really capture who he really is. The quotes from family, friends, former teammates, coaches, etc., really gives you a good picture of Selanne.
I would not only recommend this book to all hockey fans but for sports fans in general. A lot of people tend to think some players are just born stars but do not take the time to understand the hard work that was put into it. Especially how much discipline it takes to keep pushing yourself. I enjoyed and appreciated how hard Selanne has worked and how he always maintained his professionalism as an athlete. He is the true definition of a professional athlete and still is a huge part of the Ducks and fans.
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I truly appreciated the honesty he put into this book. He discussed his family and some of the problems he dealt with just as all of us can relate to in some way. Sometimes fans forget these professional athletes are people too and have similar problems that a lot of us have.
I think this book made me appreciate and get to know my idol better on a personal level. It was really motivating to me personally. I fired me up to continue my path to reach my goals. I spent my weekend glued to the book, sometimes going back a re-reading certain moments of his life. I have been fortunate enough to watch Selanne play and to meet him on several occasions. We, as fans, are lucky to get a chance to really get to know Selanne. He took the time to write about his life for us so I highly suggest you take the time to read about it. It will not be a disappointment.
Be sure to check out the DucksNPucks podcast below as we interviewed Selanne discussing his book, his life, and more!
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November 22nd, 2019