Last night might have been the final time former Habs’ captain Saku Koivu laid skate to Bell Centre ice. The 38 year old Duck played thirteen seasons with the Canadiens before settling into a secondary role with the Anaheim Ducks at the beginning of the 2009-10 season.
They sure do love them some Saku in Montreal. Koivu hopped the boards for a late shift in the dying seconds of the 3rd period and the hometown faithful exploded with cheer. It was a touching moment for one of the greatest Habs of the last twenty years. Classy move by the Montreal spectators.
The hometown crowd in Montreal has risen to their feet on multiple occasions for their former captain over the years, but one particular ovation stands out as memorable. Arguably never was a hockey moment more emotional than Koivu’s reception at the Bell Centre upon returning from cancer treatments in 2002. The date was April 9, when the people of Montreal stood and cheered for nearly 5 minutes in honour of their surviving captain, Sakuuuuu.