Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 5/9/12
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ANAHEIM, Calif. The Anaheim Ducks announced Wednesday that the club signed center Saku Koivu to a one-year contract extension through the 2012-13 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. Koivu, 37 appeared in his third season with Anaheim in 2011-12, scoring 11-27=38 points with a 7 rating and 50 penalty minutes (PIM) in 74 contests. He co-led the team in takeaways (35), ranked second in shifts-per-game (24.5), tied for second in plusminus and third in assists. The 5-10, 180-pound center led the club in faceoff wins (646) and faceoff percentage (52.4), while ranking fourth among team forwards in time-on-ice (18:07). On Mar. 12, 2002 at Colorado, Koivu played in his 1,000th NHL game. He became the fifth Finnish-born player to reach the milestone, joining Teppo Numminen (1,372), Teemu Selanne (1,341), Jari Kurri (1,251) and Olli Jokinen (1,042). In addition, Koivu was the 33rd European-born player to appear in 1,000 NHL games. A native of Turku, Finland, Koivu is a veteran of 16 NHL seasons, 13 of which were played with the Montreal Canadiens. In 1012 career NHL games with Anaheim and Montreal, he has scored 236-540=776 points with a 3 rating and 745 PIM. Koivu originally signed a one-year contract with Anaheim on July 8, 2009 and an additional two-year deal on July 1, 2010. He has appeared in 220 career games as a Duck, earning 45-90=135 points with a 13 rating and 122 PIM. Koivu served as the Canadiens team captain for 10 years (1999-2009), tied for the longest serving captain in Montreals 100-year history (also Jean Beliveau). He is a two-time All-Star, having been named to the 1998 and 2003 All-Star Games. He has also appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on nine occasions, earning 17-38=55 points in 60 contests. Selected by Montreal in the first round (21st overall) of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Koivu won the Bill Masterton Trophy following the 2001-02 season, presented annually to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. This honor followed his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, as he returned to the ice just seven months after he was diagnosed in September 2001. He helped Montreal advance to the Conference Semifinals that season, appearing in all 12 of the Canadiens postseason contests, earning 4-6=10 points. Koivu has also been honored with the 2007 King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his work with the Saku Koivu Foundation, formed in 2002 to help raise funds for cancer-fighting equipment. The King Clancy Trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution to his community.
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