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2000-01 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey
Lot #172

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2000-01 Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens Game Worn Jersey
Lot #172

This road red knit gamer by Koho was worn by Saku Koivu during the 2000-01 NHL season. The Montreal Canadiens selected Koivu in the 1st round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. After leaving Turku, Finland in 1995, Koivu embarked on an NHL career that began in 1995-96 with the Montreal Canadiens where he played for 13 seasons. Saku spent the final 5 years of his career with the Anaheim Ducks. Koivu is tied with Jean Beliveau as the longest serving Captain in the storied history of the Canadiens franchise, serving in that role for 10 years. Koivu was also the first European born player to wear the distinguished “C” with Les Habitants.

In September of 2001, Koivu learned that he was suffering from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, causing him to miss nearly the entire 2001-02 campaign. His remarkable comeback and the continuance of his NHL career proved quite inspirational to many and won him the 2001-02 Bill Masterton Trophy. Saku was also the recipient of the 2006-07 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. This NHL All Star also played in 2 World Cups of Hockey, numerous World Championships and 4 Olympics while representing his native Finland.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. The game wear on this size 54 sweater consists of stick marks, board burns and inner pilling. A beautiful bold black sharpie signature in Koivu’s hand can be found on the chest. This beautiful jersey dates to the season prior to Koivu being diagnosed. Saku played in 54 games that year, lighting the lamp 17 times while adding 30 assists for 47 points while proudly sporting the Captain’s “C” during one of a record 10 seasons for Les Habitants.