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Saku Koivu retires after 18 NHL seasons
Saku Koivu retires after 18 NHL seasons

Classy center Saku Koivu, who was the first European-born player to serve as captain of the Montreal Canadiens and also courageously overcame cancer during his career, announced his retirement Wednesday after 18 NHL seasons, the last five with the Ducks. Koivu, 39, represented his native Finland at four Olympics — winning four medals — as well as at seven World Championships, and was a two-time NHL all-star. He also won the Bill Masterton trophy in 2002 for  dedication and perseverance and won the King Clancy award in 2007 for leadership and humanitarian actions. His 10-year term as captain of the Canadiens tied him with the legendary Jean Beliveau for the longest tenure...

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