|The former Canadiens captain, who retired after finishing his career with Anaheim, will get one more chance to feel the love when he is feted ahead of a game against the Ducks on Thursday night at the Bell Centre.|
There was something special in the way that Montreal Canadiens fans embraced Saku Koivu.
And the Bell Centre crowd showed it again on Thursday night with a standing ovation in a 30-minute pre-game tribute to the former Canadiens captain ahead of a game against the Anaheim Ducks.
The nearly five-minute ovation brought tears to the 40-year-old Koivu, who retired after spending the last five years of his 18-year NHL career in Anaheim.
“I always felt that I was respected as a player and for the way I played the game, but what makes me feel humble was the way I was loved by the fans,” Koivu said before the tribute. “Sometimes you think about why it happened, why they took me as their own.