Koivu gets warm ovation at the Bell Centre

Without question the biggest storyline on Saturday night involved former Montreal Canadiens’ captain, Saku Koivu. He will be making his first appearance back in Montreal since leaving as a free agent in 2009 and signing with the Anaheim Ducks. During his 13 years playing in Montreal Koivu, who served as team captain for 10 seasons, scored 191 goals and 641 points. Still the biggest impression he left on the Montreal fans came during the 2001/02 season when he came back for the final three games of the season, after successfully beating Intra-abdominal lymphoma cancer. Koivu, who has scored 11 goals and 24 points this season, admitted that it will be hard not to get emotional before puck drop. “I’m really nervous about it,” Koivu said. ” Seeing the CH jersey and not being a part of it, that will bring back the memories.” Prior to the game when he was introduced Koivu received a huge two minute ovation, as the scoreboard showed images of him getting a warm reception back in 2002, when he made his comeback from cancer. “We had some fun at practice, but we talked about this game, about how important it is to me and Max … that the whole team is ready,” Koivu said in reference to how his teammates were cheering wildly when he had the puck and booing whenether another former Hab, Max Lapierre, had it. The best news is that Koivu is feeling healthy and back to one hundred percent. “Everything is as well as it can be,” Koivu said. “We still do the annual checkups and everything has gone well.” Koivu is under contract for another year, then he isn’t sure whether he will continue or not.


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