Saku Koivu honoured by Canadiens, fans in ceremony

The Montreal Canadiens honoured former captain Saku Koivu in an emotional ceremony prior to their game against the Anahiem Ducks on Thursday night.

Team, fans thank former captain

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu was brought to tears in an emotional tribute at the Bell Centre. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Saku Koivu received a lot of love from the Montreal Canadiens and their fans Thursday night as the team paid tribute to the former captain's 13 seasons with the Habs.

Koivu was on hand at the Bell Centre as a moving video chronicled the Finnish player's career in Montreal was shown before the Canadiens' game against Anaheim. The highlights included Koivu's triumphant return following chemotherapy treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma during the 2001-02 season. 

Koivu captained the team from 1998 until his departure to Anaheim after the 2008-09 season. No. 11 still holds a place in the hearts of Montrealers, and that affection was on display Thursday. The feeling is clearly mutual.