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Temu Selanne of the All-Star World Team celebrates a hat trick with teammates Saku Koivu
VAP98011805 - 18 JANUARY 1998, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: Temu Selanne of the All-Star World Team celebrates a hat trick with teammates Saku Koivu (L), Jere Lehtinen, Igor Kravchuk (R), receiving a pat on the head from Viacheslav Fetisov during the 2nd period of the 48th NHL All-Star game at Vancouver's GM Place, Jan. 18th. UPI/H.Ruckemann
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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 1995–96 after three seasons with TPS of the Finnish SM-liiga. Koivu served as the Canadiens' captain for nine of his thirteen seasons with the club, which makes his the longest captaincy tenure in team history tied with Jean Béliveau. 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 1992–93. 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 1994–95. In addition to earning the Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy as league scoring champion, Koivu was awarded the Kultainen kypärä award as the players' choice for the best player and the Lasse Oksanen trophy as league MVP. He went on to record 17 points in 13 post-season games that year to earn the Jari Kurri trophy as playoff MVP and win his second Kanada-malja trophy in three years with TPS.

Koivu would return to the TPS squad during the 2004-2005 NHL lockout, scoring 8 goals and 8 assists in 20 games.

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