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Eetu Selanne missed WHL camp invite because of Teemu's fanmail

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Teemu's legion of fans caused Eetu to miss his camp invitation by a whole year. (USATSI)
Teemu's legion of fans caused Eetu to miss his camp invitation by a whole year. (USATSI)

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Eetu Selanne, the 15-year-old son of the great Teemu Selanne, was in Calgary this past week, working out at a prospect camp with the WHL's Calgary Hitmen. The thing is, he's a year late.

No, there are no issues or anything like that. But the younger Selanne was given an invitation to join the Hitmen's camp last year when he was 14, he was just unaware he was invited at all. He can blame dad. He explained to the Calgary Sun.

"[The Hitmen] invited me here before last season, but I was in Finland," Eetu Selanne said. "When I came back, it was put in the wrong pile of mail.

"It was put in my dad's fanmail. And there's so much of it. I couldn't find it until a year later. I looked at the date and it was the same day, but a year later.

"I said 'this is bad.' I missed the camp."

No harm, no foul. Selanne was able to join the Hitmen in camp this year but it's just a prospect camp, he won't be able to join the WHL team or anything yet. Still, it was one year of camp missed all because of dad's immense popularity. Think about that, it took a whole year for the letter to be found in the fanmail pile.

As far as Calgary can tell, Eetu was worth the wait. He made an impression -- a good one, of course -- in the camp.

Regardless, he'll be back in Southern California to play for the Jr. Kings but down the line the WHL could be in store for his future. Or the NCAA, just so long as he can find the scholarship offers.

S/t to Buzzing the Net

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