Saku Koivu is a Finnish center on the Anaheim Ducks.
Koivu was drafted 21st overall by the Canadiens in 1993, and joined the Habs in 1995, after winning two league championships with TPS. Koivu was quickly recognized as one of the league’s rising stars in the ‘90s, earning the honor of team captain in 1999. Koivu missed most of the 2001-02 season battling cancer, but returned to lead the Canadiens to the second round of the playoffs. In 2002-03, Koivu had one of his best statistical seasons, finishing with 71 points. Koivu was one of the Canadiens’ top offensive players in nearly every season he spent with the club. In 2006-07, Koivu set career highs with 22 goals, 53 assists and 75 points. In 2009, despite finishing the previous season with 50 points, Koivu was not re-signed by the Canadiens, and ended up signing with the Ducks. He left the Canadiens tied with Jean Beliveau as the longest-serving captain in franchise history - both players wore the “C” for ten seasons.
Koivu has played in a number of international competitions, and is the current captain of Team Finland. He won bronze medals at the 1994 and ’98 Winter Olympics, as well as the 2008 World Championships, silver medals at the ’94 and ’99 World Championships, and also at the 2006 Winter Olympics. His lone gold medal came at the 1995 World Championships, but Koivu has also been a tournament all-star 4 times, and received a number of other awards for his stellar play on the international stage.
- World Championship All-Star and Best Forward 1994, 1995, 1999
- Finnish Ice Hockey Player of the Year 1995
- NHL All-Star Game 1998, 2003
- Captain of Team Finland 1998-present
- President’s Trophy
- Jarri Kurri Trophy (best player in SM-liiga playoffs) 1995
- Winter Olympics 2006 All-Star
- Bill Masterton Trophy 2002