The date was February 9th, 1992.
The world’s eyes were turned towards a small city in eastern France as the world’s finest athletes descended upon Albertville to participate in the 16th Olympic Winter Games. Ice hockey, consistently one of, if not the most popular sport in the event, prepared to begin round robin play today, and the country of Finland anxiously awaited not only their first matchup against the Germans, but the Olympic debut of a young phenom from the capital city of Helsinki. Teemu Selanne, only 21, was no stranger to international play. After racking up 16 points in six games as a 17-year-old on the Finnish junior team and 11 more in his first go-round with the nation’s senior club three years later, the excitement surrounding this rising star was understandable, to say the least.