Saku Koivu today announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after 18 NHL seasons, including the past five with Anaheim.
The 39-year-old native of Turku, Finland finished his 18-year NHL career having played 1,124 career NHL games with Montreal and Anaheim, recording 832 points (255g/577a), 809 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating. As a member of the Ducks, Koivu appeared in 332 games, earning 191 points (64g/127a), 186 penalty minutes and a plus-20 rating.
Koivu Discusses His Retirement
Koivu skated in 65 games with the Ducks in 2013-14, earning 29 points (11g/18a) with a plus-3 rating. Koivu tied Petr Sykora for 10th on the all-time Ducks goal list with his 64th in an Anaheim uniform, April 13 vs. Colorado, and surpassed Oleg Tverdovsky (125) for 10th on the Ducks all-time assist list (126), March 29 at Vancouver. Koivu recorded two points (1g/1a) for his 188th multi-point game in his 1,100th career game, January 30 vs. Philadelphia, and became the fifth Finnish-born player and 173rd skater overall to appear in 1,100 NHL games.
The 2013-14 campaign also marked Koivu's final return to Montreal, when the Ducks took on the Canadiens at Bell Centre on October 24. Koivu was met with a standing ovation prior to the game, and once more during the final minute of regulation. The game marked only the second time Koivu played in Montreal since signing as a free agent with the Ducks on July 8, 2009. Koivu, who played each of his first 13 NHL seasons in a Montreal uniform, served as the team’s captain for 10 of those years.
On the international stage, Koivu was a four-time Olympian with Finland, earning medals in each. He earned bronze as captain of Team Finland at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, joining teammates Jere Lehtinen and Ville Peltonen for a share of the all-time Olympic men's hockey record with four career medals (V. Tretiak, former USSR, and J. Holik, former Czechoslovakia, also have four). Koivu also won medals in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway (bronze), 1998 in Nagano, Japan (bronze) and 2006 in Torino, Italy (silver). Koivu also appeared for Team Finland in the World Hockey Championship on eight occasions, winning gold in 1995, silver in 1994 and bronze in 2003 and 2008, and participated in the World Cup in 1996 and won silver with Finland in 2004. Koivu also represented Finland at the World Junior Championship in 1993 and 1994.