Video: Koivu on his homecoming

A clearly emotional Saku Koivu expresses his thoughts before taking questions at Friday’s Bell Centre news conference in this video shot by The Gazette’s Dario Ayala. Koivu and the Anaheim Ducks will take on the Canadiens Saturday night. Here’s Stubbs’s column on the Friday conference and Saturday game.



  1. samTHEman says:

    Will RDS show Koivu stepping on the ice for the 1st time? I rarely get to watch games from the very beginning so excuse my dumb question lol

  2. J.J. of Turku says:


    I guess I never realized how much I wanted Saku to stay in Montreal. He has really “something” that is hard to put to words. 

    I Just hope the audience won’t boo to him.

    BTW 5-3 win for the Habs. Saku 1+2.


  3. BJ says:

    Truly a class act and warrior. I have in my office right in front of me a Habs Koivu game worn jersey I see everyday and enjoy. I had the privilege of taking game action photos of him here in Europe when he played for Turku and the Finnish National team. What a great player and leader. Hope he gets two tonight but that we score seven like we did last night.

  4. habs365 says:

    Thank you Saku for everything..wish there were more players around like you..joe sakic and stevie “y” were the last of the great ones..hard to replace those kind of players today..most of them don’t respect each other.

  5. wall2bay says:

    Kinda strange how AK27 gets a cheezy parade and than gets booed on his return. While SK11 gets gets nada on his departure and will get a hero’s welcome.

    Man did we take him for granted! Never really appreciated what we had till it was gone!

    “I kind of feel sorry for players who never got a chance to be a Montreal Canadien” – Cammalleri

  6. Chris says:

    Glad to see you’re waiting on the whole story to come out before making pronouncements on the guy’s moral fibre.

  7. HABS_FAN_NS says:

    They better give him a Standing O tonight. I wish he was still here. He deserved a lot more than what he got for all he did for the city and the organization as a whole

  8. pricefor25 says:

    This guy deserves every min. of standing ovation. he gave it all here in montreal. he played with heart. I still choose koivu over gomez anytime.

  9. showey47 says:

    “toronto maple leaf all-star defenceman?” LMAO

  10. Laszlo says:

    Expect a 10 minute standing ovation when this guy enters the ice. Montreal will never forget Saku, not even the booing elite. 

  11. SmartDog says:

    To clarify.  Him = Koivu, yes?

  12. RJ says:

    Gomez is not worthy of wearing #11! Please vote him FIRST STAR because that is what he is — on and off the ice.

    “My face is my mask,” Gump Worsley

  13. SmartDog says:

    I guess being dumped by the Habs and sentenced to being a Laff is a pain you can’t get over.  Makes sense.

    “It bothers me…there are old coaches in the league today that don’t know how to deal with these young personalities.” – Mike Peca on JM handling of PKS

  14. WindsorHab-10 says:

    Saku Koivu = CLASS.

  15. Clay4bc says:

    Koivu just exudes class. A true champion whose number 11 had better be in the rafters along with all of the other legends. A great player, but an even greater person.

    He is truly missed. And I would trade him for our current number 11 in a heartbeat.

  16. Clay4bc says:

    Good luck to you, man. Keep fighting.

  17. SmartDog says:

    Wow.  Komiserik accused of punching a woman in the face in a night club?  O’Byrne has nothing on this! 

    Imagine, Gainey wanted to make this guy Captain.  If you’re still thinking that good guys like Bob Gainey don’t make mistakes, wake up!  Everyone does.  Though only very, very few people ever punch a woman in the face.  Kind of a big mistake.

    “It bothers me…there are old coaches in the league today that don’t know how to deal with these young personalities.” – Mike Peca on JM handling of PKS

  18. Habsolute says:

    Saku had better get a standing ovation and had better NOT get booed!  He gave himself to this city and it wasn’t his choice not to return, the team went in a different direction.  Saku is a classy man and let’s show him the respect he deserves!

  19. ants says:

    I will be at the game tonight and cheering for both Saku and the Habs.  I have been looking forward to this game all year!  I miss him so much.  We lost a lot of heart, soul and talent.  Good luck Saku, good to have you home!

  20. sims says:

    anyone going to the game tomorrow bettter blow the roof off the bell center when he steps on the ice

  21. zaq007 says:

    I miss this guy so much…

  22. captaink4life says:

    I will most definitely be voting for Captain K as the first star of tonight’s game. I hope many of you do the same :) 


    You will always be a Canadien in my eyes, Saku

  23. gatorhabs says:

    Thank you, Saku, thank you.


    But I still hope you lose tomorrow. <today>


  24. W35T5ID3 says:

    Hats off to Captain Koivu whom i will never forget and who gave his all to this city and the team.I hope number 11 gets raised to the rafters one day because he was not just a great hab ,he was a great human being and in my mind is still a Montreal Canadien.Maybe one day when he has retired we will see him as a hab once again in a managing or coaching capacity.That’d be amazing!Cheers to Captain K for all the great memories!

  25. shuttle-lemaire-lafleur says:

    Wecome home Saku, your heart and leadership were tremendous while you were with the Habs and your courage to overcome cancer are and always be an inspiration to me as I fight my own battle with this disease.

  26. Habsolute says:

    Saku had better get a standing ovation and had better NOT get booed!  He gave himself to this city and it wasn’t his choice not to return, the team went in a different direction.  Saku is a classy man and let’s show him the respect he deserves!

  27. Bugs says:

    Not surprised. Wasn’t Grabby accused of the same thing during the Couver Olympics? Must be a leafer thing…ex-Hab-turned-leafer thing, that is.

  28. Bugs says:

    Man, this no-hyperlink situation is really crampin my style… Anyway, a little low-down on what Engqvist brings to the team, for those who wanna know more:

  29. CHCanadien says:

    I hope Saku gets a well deserved long standing ovation and cheered every time he touches the puck.

  30. LA Loyalist says:

    Finally we get to collectively say “thank-you”. Bless you and your family.


    “To failing hands we’ve passed the torch.”

  31. habs365 says:

    sorry to hear that..remember saku, you can do it to..all the best

  32. LA Loyalist says:

    Looking forward to your report :)

  33. christophor says:

    how about a long standing-o to remind him of the famous standing-o he experienced?  no need for the 3 stars to cause even more embarrassment.  love the guy, but thats misplaced appreciation. the standing-o option is better. 

  34. fbkj says:

    ill be at the game, ill let you know how it goes man

  35. Chris says:

    Well stated.  :)

  36. crabvader says:

    Omit Zholtok… Poor guy passed away…

    Other than that, I like the sarcasm.

  37. fbkj says:

    how dare he not win us the cup… we surrounded him with bashkirov, petrov, poulin, tucker, traverse, zalapski, ward, zholtok, lindh, mc cleary, stock, odjick, bulis etc etc etc… point is, with the firepower he was with throughout the majority of his time as captain and he had the balls to not go all the way, lets all boo… lets not forget he only mastered 3 languages was too linguistically stupid to say anything beyond merci… i <3 gionta’s cue cards


  38. habs365 says:

    there’s a lot of players on the Habs right now..he’d have no problem replacing

  39. JSP1990 says:

    Anyone know where I could get a Habs Koivu jersey?

  40. fbkj says:

    you mean a game worn one?

  41. LA Loyalist says:

    I got an autographed Koivu stick (“Montreal”) for my kids room from NHL It’s a pain to have to check back on the bidding, but… as for a jersey you just order them online with the name you wish and number, they’re expensive and take a few weeks. 

    As for “game worn”, that will probably be a charity auction thing or

    When we met Koivu at a Ducks’ event some people brought Montreal stuff and he graciously signed it. I said thank you to him then and we will all say thank you to him tonight.

    Hopefully everyone will have some closure now.



  42. von says:

    I hope the fans do the classy thing that they should… A nice “Saku! Saku!” chant followed by a standing O.

    Definitely going to be rocking my old Koivu jersey today.



    “Obviously it would be great, but they don’t really hang conference titles in this rink. They raise Stanley Cup banners.” – Carey Price

  43. HABZ24 says:

    honest i had this feeling after seeing philly masacre sens yest, i thought oh man were gunna pound the sens 6 or 7 to 1.  and man whatta game. if i could predict like that all the time. this gets the scoring juices flowing lets hope. saku was one of the best captains we ever had, im not saying that cause im a part finn myself. saku played 110 percent every every game, he was a gentlemen who gave to charity, even contributed to the finnish church on dr.penfield st. if the plans to vote saku as 1t star ill do it for sure.

  44. christophor says:

    sure, if he has that kind of game.

  45. diehardhab says:

    Hey guys, there’s a movement on facebook if you haven’t heard to make koivu tomorrow nights first star. Here is the link to the page. Hope you all join!

    The torch be yours to hold it high!

  46. fbkj says:

    felt bad typing it but i still have the canadiens magazine cover with him, zubrus and petrov on the cover

    i mean no disrespect

  47. crabvader says:

    Saku is my hero.

  48. SeriousFan09 says:

    If injuries hadn’t slowed him down… a tragedy his career was marred by ill health, but credit him for his perseverance, lesser man would not have been able to do as he did.


  49. fbkj says:

    id die to get kanye west saying “french people dont like finns”

  50. CHsam says:

    Man……… I look at Koivu, and I still see #11 C …. Damn.

    Love the guy

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