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( - The Anaheim Ducks will pay tribute to one of the greatest players in franchise history Sunday, as they get set to retire Teemu Selannes No. 8 sweater before taking on the Winnipeg Jets at the Honda Center. Selanne retired after last season at the age of 43 and finished his Ducks career as the franchises all-time leader in almost every offensive category, including goals (457), assists (531) and points (988). The man nicknamed The Finnish Flash also was a part of Anaheims Stanley Cup winning team in 2007, when the Ducks beat Ottawa to become the first team from California to win it all. I dont really have expectations. Ive never been a part of anything like this before, Selanne said of the jersey retirement ceremony. Its going to be exciting, and its going to be a special night. I have 60 people from Finland flying over. All the fans here, my family -- its going to be an emotional moment, for sure. Its a big honor for me. Im not going to cry, for sure. Tough guys dont cry, he quipped. Fittingly, the Ducks chose to honor Selannes outstanding career on a night when they host the Winnipeg Jets. The all-time leading Finnish player in goals (684) and points (1,457) began his NHL career in Winnipeg back in 1992-93, playing for the original Jets, who are now known as the Arizona Coyotes. The current iteration of the NHLs Winnipeg Jets were originally known as the Atlanta Thrashers before moving to Manitoba following the 2010-11 season. In addition to the pre-game ceremony, Anaheim is hoping to pay tribute to Selanne on the ice as well. The Pacific Division leaders are also aiming to rebound from a loss after falling 4-1 in Wednesdays tilt against the visiting New York Rangers. Anaheim only got one puck past Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday, a power-play tally from Francois Beauchemin to make it a 2-1 game midway through the third period. However, Mats Zuccarello restored New Yorks two-goal cushion less than five minutes later and the Rangers added an empty-netter with 2:14 left to seal the victory. Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, who tallied an assist on Beauchemins goal, recorded a point for the 11th time in his last 12 games. The veteran centerman is leading Anaheim in points this season with 45 on 13 goals and 32 assists and he was named to the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday. Anaheim reserve goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 26-of-29 shots fired his way Wednesday in his second start of the season. It also marked Bryzgalovs first start for Anaheim at the Honda Center since 2007 during his initial stint with the club. We had a lot of bad turnovers tonight, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said. We gave them two goals. They were the better team and deserved to win. Frederik Andersen is expected to be back between the pipes for the Ducks tonight. The 25-year-old Dane is 3-0 with a 2.36 goals against average in his career against Winnipeg. Anaheim is 3-2-0 so far on an eight-game homestand. The residency continues Wednesday against Toronto before ending Friday versus New Jersey. The Jets, meanwhile, are hoping to avoid a season-series sweep at the hands of the Ducks. Anaheim won the previous two meetings of 2014-15 in Winnipeg, posting a 4-3 overtime win on Dec. 7 before a 4-1 victory on Dec. 13. Andersen earned the victory in both contests. Anaheim has taken three in a row and four of five from the Jets. The clubs have split two meetings in Orange County since the franchises move from Atlanta to Winnipeg. The Jets played Saturday night in Los Angeles and recorded a 5-4 shootout win to move one point ahead of the Kings for the first of two wild card spots in the West. Winnipeg jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening seven minutes of the first period against L.A., but the Jets would need a goal from Zach Bogosian with 5:56 remaining in the third period to send the game to overtime. Bryan Little then scored the lone shootout goal to award the extra point to the Jets, who scored three goals on their first three shots of the night. That was a game you like to be a part of, especially the first period, Jets coach Paul Maurice said. Im not just talking about the score; the physicality of it, the intensity, and lots of big hits going both ways. It was fun. Little also scored in regulation, as did Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault. Michael Hutchinson made 25 saves for the win. Ondrej Pavelec is expected to get the start in net for the Jets on Sunday. He is 1-1-2 with a 3.49 goals against average in four career games against Anaheim. Tonights test marks the end of a three-game road trip for Winnipeg, which owns a 12-5-4 record as the guest. 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Jones took a beating, the worst one of his record reign, in a bout against Alexander Gustafsson that knocked the light heavyweight champion on the canvas for the first time in his career and put his belt in jeopardy.Steve Mason unzipped the bag and inside found zombie heads with mouths agape staring right back at him through whitewashed eyes.Mason removed his newly painted goalie helmet, the latest piece of art for his collection, and pinpointed Philadelphia Flyers teammates who have been transformed into decaying faces and rotting corpses. There was Claude Giroux, with white eyes matching the colour of the captains patch on his jersey. Wayne Simmonds and Jakub Voracek may as well have lumbered straight off the set of Michael Jacksons Thriller video.Beautiful, Mason said, rotating his helmet to eye each ghoulish character.Masons helmet does more than protect his noggin from pucks whipped in his direction on a daily basis. Its a symbol of his love for both ghouls and his teammates, a colorful sign of respect for the guys on the ice who watch his back.The helmet was made by airbrush ace Franny Drummond, one of a very few NHL helmet artists who make the designs come to life. He zombified several Flyers for Masons latest helmet, creating perhaps the most frightening mask this side of Jason Voorhees.I just think it looks cool on a helmet, Mason said. Ever since I was a young goaltender, I always thought the scary-looking helmets were the coolest ones.The 41-year-old Drummond littered his desk with pictures of the Flyers he used as a template for his work. Drummond then picked up his Iwata airbrush loaded with orange clear-coat automotive paint — picked because of its durability, not its $400 a gallon price tag — and held it a pinch away from his sanded white helmet and went to work with a surgeons precession.Its not the most exciting thing, Drummond said, but when its finished it gets exciting. You have to wait for it to all come together.Drummond creates the kind of helmet art that had one collector paying $4,000 for a one-of-a-kind Winter Classic-themed piece.He has created masks for NHL goalies including Bostons Tuukka Rask, Brian Boucher and Montreal Canadiens prospect Mike Condon. Condons helmet has state troopers painted on one side in honour of his father and Band of Brothers on the other for his favourite TV show. Canadiens and Princeton logos are both on helmet, as well as Condons family crest.Drummond, a former goalie who still plays in adult hockey leagues, had his art displayed in the NHL equivalent of the Louvre when Boucher and Michael Leighton both wore his helmets in the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.He has built a business by airbrushing just about any type of object, from a bus for a radio host to motorcycles, welders masks and walls. He worked for a time on the show Extreme Makeover, and recalled frantically putting the finishing touches on bedrooms while host Ty Pennington yelled Move that bus! as the show neared its finale.ddddddddddddDrummond studied at Miami International University of Art & Design and custom painted in his PaintZoo shop for 18 years.Hes a Flyers fanatic, and became involved with the organization when he created artwork for a former Flyer for a charity event. He was introduced to Flyers equipment manager Derek Settlemyre and that led to his first helmet for Ray Emery in the 2010 Winter Classic. The mask was decorated as a tribute to former team goalies Ron Hextall, Bernie Parent and Pelle Lindbergh.Boucher liked what he saw and became his next client. Drummonds work soon caught the attention of Bauer, one of the leading hockey equipment manufacturers. Drummond signed with Bauer and became a certified painter for the NHL helmet kings.The helmets range from $400 a mask for youth hockey players up to about $2,000 for the adult versions.Drummond is one of seven artists used by Bauer, most notably Swedish artist Dave Gunnarsson, who paints about 65 per cent of NHL helmets.Whenever theres a third party involved, weve learned the process gets ruined a little bit, said Lee Britt, custom goalie manager at Bauer. Weve learned over time its best for the player and artist figure out what the design is going to be. Sometimes the teams will have a little bit of input.Drummonds masterpieces occasionally go bust. He worked for about 10 days on Ilya Bryzgalovs helmet for the 2012 Winter Classic, only for the Flyers goalie to get benched for the big game. And he sent Star Wars nerds into a frenzy when he painted Yodas lightsaber Flyers orange instead of green.Drummond has been Masons personal artist for two years.Id put his work up against anyone elses in the world, Mason said. Ive seen a lot of goaltenders masks through the years, and seeing his up close and personal, the amount of detail he puts in there, its second to none.Mason was razzed last season when his helmet failed to include any defencemen. Nicklas Grossmann and Luke Schenn made the cut this week and so did some members of the teams equipment staff. He had asked for the new helmet to change his mojo after an 0-4-1 start to the season, and he also needed a darker cage because the brightness of the new state-of-the-art lighting system at Philadelphias Wells Fargo Center has made it tougher to see the puck during a game.The helmet wasnt unveiled until Monday. Mason broke in the helmet at practice and it made its NHL debut Tuesday night against Edmonton. Mason made 35 saves to earn his first win of the season as Philadelphia beat the Oilers 4-1.Mason uses two to three masks per season and keeps a shrine of them, a timeline of his career that is capped by Drummonds glittering pieces.These are more than helmets, Drummond said, theyre keepsakes. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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