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After missing the first 79 games on the 2001-02 schedule battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, [...]More
Saku Koivu takes over as team captain from Vincent Damphousse, who was traded late in the [...]More
On October 14, 1948, the Montreal Canadiens held a vote to determine the team’s next [...]More
On October 11, 1961, a new era begins for the Canadiens. With the departure of Doug Harvey to [...]More
In line with the sudden trend of European players exploding onto the NHL scene, Saku Koivu edged out Shayne Corson and Turner Stevenson to become the 27th captain in franchise history.
At just 24 years old, the Finnish center became the youngest player to ever wear the “C” in Montreal. Koivu’s appointment also made him just the fourth European to captain an NHL team, following in the footsteps of Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh), Mats Sundin (Toronto) and Alexei Yashin (Ottawa).
Still leading the Habs during the 2008-09 season, Koivu trails only Jean Beliveau as the longest reigning captain in Canadiens history.