Saku Antero Koivu (born November 23, 1974) is a Finnish professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He began his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens in 199596 after three seasons with TPS of the Finnish SM-liiga. Koivu served as the Canadiens' captain for ten of his fourteen years with the club, which makes his the longest captaincy tenure in team history tied with Jean Bliveau. Koivu was the first European to captain the Montreal Canadiens. Saku started his professional ice hockey career playing for TPS in the Finnish SM-liiga, beginning in 199293. He posted 10 points in his rookie season, including 5 points in the playoffs to help TPS to a Kanada-malja championship. After improving to 53 points the following season, he put up a league-high 73 points in 199495.
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