Former Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks center Saku Koivu announced his retirement Wednesday. “Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey, first in Finland and then in the NHL, I feel truly blessed and fulfilled,” he said in a statement released by the NHL Players’ Association.
What kind of cancer did Saku Koivu have?
Koivu missed almost all of the 2001-02 season after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but he made an emotional return near the end of the regular season and helped the Canadiens into the playoffs.
Why was Saku Koivu traded?
The Minnesota Wild made a strong move for Koivu in a bid to have him become teammates with his brother, Mikko. But in the end, Saku didn’t want to jeopardize the relationship he had with his sibling. “I think there was a lot of risk [in joining Minnesota],” Koivu said.
Did Saku Koivu win a cup?
Saku Koivu played more games than any other Montreal Canadien in history without winning a Stanley Cup.
How old is Montreal Canadiens doctor?
Bobby Orr,” the 81-year-old Mulder said about the future Hall of Fame defenceman during an interview last week in his office at the Montreal General Hospital.
Is Saku Koivu a Hall of Famer?
COLOGNE, Germany — Joe Sakic was one of eight inductees named to the 2017 class of the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame on Sunday. Saku Koivu, Austrian hockey legend Dieter Kalt, U.S. women’s star Angela Ruggiero, Tony Hand and Patrick Francheterre rounded out the inductees.
What type of lymphoma did Mario Lemieux have?
12, 1993, the Penguins announced their 27-year-old superstar center had cancer. Lemieux was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, now known as Hodgkin’s lymphoma, after an enlarged lymph node was removed from his neck.
How long was Lemieux out with cancer?
He was on pace to challenge Gretzky’s records of 92 goals in one season (1981–82) and 215 points in one season (1985–86), until January 12, 1993, when he made the announcement that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. He received aggressive radiation treatments which caused him to miss two months of play.
How common is Burkitt’s lymphoma?
Outside of Africa, Burkitt lymphoma is rare. In the U.S., about 1,200 people are diagnosed each year, and about 59% of patients are over age 40. Burkitt lymphoma is especially likely to develop in people infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
How many captains have the Montreal Canadiens had?
28 captains There have been 28 captains in the history of the Montreal Canadiens, a franchise oftentimes considered synonymous with greatness.
Who knocked out Saku Koivu?
Brandon Dubinsky Koivu was knocked out in Sunday’s 4-3 victory at Columbus – the fourth game of the Ducks’ eight-game road trip that continues through Nov. 4. Late in the second period, Koivu was struck by Columbus’ Brandon Dubinsky after passing a puck into the Blue Jackets’ zone.
When did Koivu leave the Habs?
Koivu was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, following his rookie season in the SM-liiga, as their first round selection, 21st overall. After two more seasons with TPS, Koivu moved to North America for the 1995–96 season to join the Canadiens.
Are Miko and Saku Koivu related?
Personal life. Koivu’s older brother is Saku Koivu, the longtime captain of the Montreal Canadiens and alternate captain for the Anaheim Ducks before his retirement in 2014. Their father is Jukka Koivu, the former head coach of TPS, for which both Saku and Mikko have played.
How many goals does Mikko Koivu have?
Koivu is the franchise’s all-time leader with 1,028 games played, assists with 504, points with 709, 251 power-play points and 153 multi-point games. He’s second in team history with 205 goals, 60 power-play goals, 28 playoff points and is tied for second with five overtime goals.
Are Saku and Mikko Koivu related?
Mikko Koivu announced his retirement this week, seven years after brother Saku.