ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Teemu Selanne hasn't spent his first few years of retirement thinking about his likely upcoming election into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
He certainly would consider it a huge honor, especially if he gets selected as most would expect on the first ballot, which comes in June. But he's enjoying exploring other passions, and one of those was on display Saturday across the street from where he enjoyed great success.
Selanne has trained with the KTM factory motocross team based nearby, so he climbed on a motorcycle to take a few laps Saturday on the Supercross course (built inside a stadium with an intense series of hills), where professional riders competed at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.
At 46, Selanne knew his limitations after three laps.
"It was hard," Selanne said about handling the motorcycle through the course set up on the baseball diamond. "People have no idea how hard it is. It was a great experience. My forearms are like a rock now. It's something I've never done before."
Selanne probably could have done more laps. Can't he pretty much do whatever he wants here after spending 15 seasons with the Anaheim Ducks? But he had his fill with three on a course on which the professionals do it in about a minute but took Selanne much longer.
"Nope," he said. "I'm done."
Later, Selanne was back on his motorbike for a quick ride without jumps to cap a day when he was consistently greeted by fans who likely had watched at least part of his NHL career that spanned 21 seasons and six Olympics.
True to his word from earlier in the day, he didn't have any desire to show off.
"I'm not going to try it," he said. "I don't want to embarrass myself."
His jersey and his helmet had his signature No. 8 on them, and the helmet set for auction for charity. Selanne seemed to relish the chance to ride the course after coming to the event twice in the past.
"This time, we had a chance to do something special," Selanne said. "I love the sport. I admire these guys, how good they are and what they do. I ride bikes. But doing this? No chance. These guys are studs."
Selanne said he doesn't think he could handle the training, even as a hobby. The top riders often retire by the time they're in their early to mid-30s.
He seems content to ride his Harley-Davidsons.
"To jump perfectly at the right spots and handle the big bike with a lot of RPMs, it's hard," Selanne said. "I don't think my body can take the practice."
1 more for my hockey fans of Teemu Selanne. He told me earlier if he is first ballot HoFer it would be "a big honor." pic.twitter.com/ehh73q77vx— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) January 8, 2017
The motorcycle wasn't Selanne's first foray into motorsports. During the early part of his hockey career, he raced an off-road event under an assumed name.
"I'm a big racing fan," Selanne said. "I used to run race cars. ... I like anything that goes fast."
Selanne brought another standout Finn with him. Sami Hyypia, one of the most decorated soccer players in Finnish history, also rode a motorcycle. Hyypia and Selanne played hockey and soccer -- Selanne was a pretty darn good soccer player, too -- growing up.
Selanne took Hyypia to his first NHL game last week. Selanne likes what he sees out of the Ducks, who are in a tight battle for the top spot in the Pacific Division.
"They have all the tools to win the whole thing," he said. "Obviously, you've got to be lucky with the injuries. Everybody has to play at least to their level."
As far as that Hall of Fame vote in June, the 10-time All-Star, whose 76 goals as a rookie in 1992-93 remains an NHL record, said it is not something he dwells on although he knows how much it will mean to get the call.
"It will be a great honor but I try not to think about it too much," Selanne said. "That [first ballot] would be quite huge for me. That would be a big honor. I don't want to think about it. If it happens, it happens."