5 years ago

Teemu Selanne was thrilled to hear about his Finnish countryman, Jarmo Kekalainen, be selected as the Columbus Blue Jackets' General Manager.

Kekalainen is the first first person born in Europe to ever become an NHL GM. "It's a huge step," Selanne said. "I don't think anybody even expected that there was going to be a Finnish guy who can be GM. Because obviously this is all about relationships and circles. Circle of trust. Buddies. Whatever you want to call it. It shows a lot of respect and it's a big thing. It's huge. People don't understand how big this is."