It was only a minority of the time in his career, but Teemu Selanne and Winnipeg still go together like puck in net.

Selanne returns to the Manitoba capital on Saturday to play for the first time in almost 16 years -- since he was traded in February 1996. The Anaheim Ducks meet the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on Saturday.

"That was my first NHL team," Selanne told reporters on a conference call this afternoon. "Starting there, I've always said the hockey was such a big thing. The fans and the whole city makes the players feel so special.

"It was just a dream come true to start a career in Canada. Obviously all the memories I have there, it's just so, so awesome."