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1997-98 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - Team Letter
Lot #208

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1997-98 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey - Team Letter
Lot #208

This road red knit gamer by Starter was worn by Saku Koivu during the 1997-98 NHL season. The Montreal Canadiens selected this native of Finland in the 1st round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After playing for TPS Turku for several years, Koivu joined the Canadiens in 1995-96. It’s hard to believe that Koivu has already spent 15 seasons patrolling center ice in the NHL. He spent the first 13 of those years with Montreal and most recently has joined the Anaheim Ducks. Koivu became Team Captain of the Canadiens in only his 5th season in the league and represented them in the 1998 NHL All Star game. He is the recipient of the 2002 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as well as the 2007 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. On the international stage, Koivu has brought home a number of medals for Finland, representing his country in numerous World Championships, in 2 World Cups and in 4 Olympics! In the summer of 2001, this warrior was diagnosed with Cancer, which he inspirationally battled back from to lead the Canadiens to their first playoff appearance later that spring.

The sleeves of this gamer have been custom shortened to Koivu’s specs. Worn during his only NHL All Star season, the game wear on this size 54 sweater is tough to discern thanks to the Canadiens traditional dry cleaning customs. There are some stick marks and un-repaired holes that are visible and worthy of mention. Penned boldly in black sharpie on the left breast is a beautiful autograph in Koivu’s own hand. An attractive customized gamer that this Finnish star wore during his only NHL All Star season. This jersey will be accompanied by a Canadiens team letter.