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28th-Nov-2007 10:55 pm
Hey all. I claimed my OTP (Paul Kariya/Teemu Selanne) approximately forever a few weeks ago, and then my life got interesting and I haven't had time to post my introduction until now. So, sorry for the delay. :)

Most people into hockey have heard about Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne. Back in the mid to late '90s, the two of them played together in Anaheim and were a lethal combination on the ice. This video compares them to the Oilers of the '80s.

And, of course, requisite slashy pictures. Hee.

They also had a bunch of great chemistry off the ice, becoming pretty close friends.

Paul is holding one of Teemu's sons here.

After playing about five seasons together in Anaheim, Teemu was traded to the San Jose Sharks (in 2001). *insert sadface*

Two seasons later, Paul led the Ducks all the way to game seven of the Stanley Cup finals, where they lost to New Jersey. *more sadfaces*

The very next season, both as free agents, Paul and Teemu signed with the Colorado Avalanche. Paul took a substantial pay cut (he went from making about $10 million a year to $1.2 million) to be able to play with Teemu again.

Unfortunately, the two were unable to rekindle the on-ice magic from before. Teemu had been suffering for some time from troubles with his left knee, and Paul was injury ridden the entire season. The NHL was locked out the entirety of the next season, and once it the 2005-2006 season started, Paul ended up signing with Nashville, and Teemu back in Anaheim.

Still, with both players in the Western Conference, it was a big deal each of the four times a season they faced each other. Interviews (like the following) were the norm, still asking them to revisit their glory days.

These two guys have been my OTP for ages, but I have never seemed to be able to write about them. I thought joining this community with them as my claim would help me overcome that. I have a lot of ideas about them in my head, but none of it has made its way to paper, so to speak. I hope to use these challenges as a way to develop the relationship I've been imagining between these two forever.
29th-Nov-2007 07:10 am (UTC)
Will my incessant begging help you put it to paper? Because you know how long me and my fan club have been waiting for you to write these two!

Please, please, please! God I love these two together!
30th-Nov-2007 03:46 am (UTC)
It won't hurt, that's for sure. I'm trying so hard to do this beach challenge, dammit. I will finish it! Even if it kills me!
30th-Nov-2007 07:28 am (UTC)
God we're in Anaheim right now and all I can think about are Paul/Teemu. I wonder if they ever stopped at the convenience store we stopped by, drove down Harbor Blvd...sigh. I miss them together. Hee!
30th-Nov-2007 07:56 am (UTC)
Oh man, I bet. I always thought of them together when I was there, too. I was hoping that the rumor that Teemu was thinking about playing in St. Louis was true. I just want them back together, too. I think I'll really be able to write them, once I get something done. I really want to write those two.
30th-Nov-2007 08:18 am (UTC)
Oh god Teemu. Go play in St. Louis with Paul. Please! If he does, we should vow to road trip out to St. Louis to stalk watch them play.
30th-Nov-2007 08:21 am (UTC)
Dude, yes. I'm all over that plan. Like whoa.

Also... Maybe you can help me out of my writers block. The beach story: porn or something romantic and schmoopy?
30th-Nov-2007 08:25 am (UTC)
Well, you can never go wrong with porn, ever! And the thought of the two of them...umm....yeah.

Although, if you think you'll really be able to write them a lot, set us up with a romantic fic first to set the tone. That was my first thought.

But, Teemu/Paul porn. Yeah. You and your creative porn would be awesome.

Sorry, that probably didn't help much, did it?
30th-Nov-2007 08:28 am (UTC)
Hehe, actually, it did. The thing I was writing could go either way, so what I can do is let it be shorter and romantic, but allude to porn. I'm sure I'll have opportunities to write the two of them having sex at least once or twice. ;)

So, thank you! :D
30th-Nov-2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! Perfect! It's always easier to write if you know you can make it short, I think.

Once or twice or many, many times :)
30th-Nov-2007 07:10 pm (UTC)
That's very true. I always try to write forever, which is sometimes a bad thing.

I think I'll go with many. Hee!
2nd-Dec-2007 08:26 am (UTC)
awww, dude I just randomly teared up at the pic of them in their respective teams' jerseys because I'm such a sap that it isn't even funny XD.

It sounds like an awesome pairing actually, anything involving Teemu and slash pairing has to be awesome anyways. *excited to read it* XD
4th-Dec-2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Awww. I have a feeling that they were both a bit disappointed with that trade, especially since they both immediately got on the same team again as soon as they were free from their contracts.

I'm excited about it, too! I just need to get them to cooperate, darn it. Heh.
11th-Dec-2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
You know, I looked at that interview with Terry Crisp again (I know, I'm obsessed) and did you notice how uncomfortable Paul looks when they ask about off-ice chemistry? He immediately crosses his arms and tenses up. Hmmm......
13th-Dec-2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh man, totally. His posture and his tone scream "Don't ask me about my personal life." The guy is so guarded all the time. It's really rare to see him relax.
13th-Dec-2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
I know! I missed it the first time because all I was doing was staring at his thighs!

I feel so badly for him, really. Do you think his life is that tormented and lonely? Cuz I kindof do.
13th-Dec-2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
HEE! Those pants? Are awesome. Hehe.

Oh definitely. The mistletoe thing I'm writing is kinda sappy, but depressing again. I just can't not write him as being that way. The poor guy.
15th-Dec-2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Ugh those pants kill me. Really.

Where is that mistletoe fic anyway? Depressing, well, that's Paul. It's better than nothing, and really like you said the most plausible way to see him.

But I'd love the sappy too!
17th-Dec-2007 03:54 am (UTC)
Undergear is deadly, man. Hee.

Arg, in my head still. I've been so busy this weekend, I haven't had any time to write. Boo.
13th-Dec-2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I love your icon! He looks happy!
13th-Dec-2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! He's got such a beautiful smile.
13th-Dec-2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
Did you see all the pics from last Sun on my flickr site? I didn't realize I had so many of him! I just can't tell you how much I've come to love him.
13th-Dec-2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
YES! It makes me so happy that you love him so much. HEE!
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