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Saku Koivu
Born (1974-11-23) November 23, 1974 (age 42)
Turku, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Center
Shot Left
Played for TPS
Montreal Canadiens
Anaheim Ducks
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 21st overall, 1993
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1992–2014

I always knew where I was going eventually, so it helped me to stay at home for three years. It helped me to develop my game. But it also helped me off the ice. Life here is way different, and I was able to get older.
Saku Koivu
It goes way, way back when we were under Sweden's rule. We always think they are better than us. We played against them so often for so many years. Every country has one opponent they want to beat and for us, it's Sweden.
Saku Koivu
Whatever the reason is, I hope we can finish talking about the Olympics. It's gone, it's behind us. The schedule wasn't proper for players who went there and there is some fatigue in a lot guys' play right now.
Saku Koivu
I felt like an outsider. The only time you get to really know guys is on the ice, and I couldn't be there.
Saku Koivu
You always need younger guys if you're going to be successful in the long term.
Saku Koivu
The most important thing is to stay positive.
The excitement of the fans in Montreal, especially in the playoffs, I don't think you can get that anywhere else. For a hockey player, I kind of wish everyone could go through that and experience what it is to play there. It's very unique.
Saku Koivu
We can't afford to go lose two, three in a row. We've got to keep climbing and getting wins.
Saku Koivu
When you have a core group of young players as we do, the future looks bright.
Saku Koivu
We've got to win them all and get help from other teams, but we are going to push until the end.
Saku Koivu
I haven't been back in Montreal, at all, since the playoffs ended two years ago. It's been a while.
Saku Koivu
I'm confident and really optimistic.
We found out tonight how important and how crucial momentum swings can be. I thought we were playing very well. We were doing a lot of positive things but then we lost the puck two times in our zone and things swung their way. You can't afford to give teams momentum.
Saku Koivu
My relationship and the bond with the people in Montreal was kind of special and doesn't happen very often.
Saku Koivu
I was lucky that it hit my shaft, and then my helmet, and I was lucky enough to get that breakaway.
Saku Koivu
It's been tough for me being away from the game.
Obviously, that off-the-ice battle I went through, plus injuries I came back from, I always felt the fans are really knowledgeable there and respected and appreciated guys that gave whatever they had and guys that fought through things.
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