11 years ago today Saku Koivu played in his first game after battling cancer for seven months. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Today in NHL History- April 9

Normally, I would not post such a short article, but this one is worth it. Enjoy the history and the heart warming story from 2002.

April 9

1987- Yet another record for the Great! Wayne Gretzky made playoff history 26 years ago. He passed Jean Beliveau to become the leader in league playoff scoring. Gretzky still holds this record today. However, the names below his 122 playoff goals have changed. Mark Messier is second with 109 goals, while Jari Kurri is third with 106 goals. Brett Hull is fourth with 100 goals, and Glenn Anderson is fifth with 93 goals.

2002 –  Saku Koivu returned to the Montreal Canadiens after a seven-month absence. This seems like an ordinary return from injury, but it wasn’t. Koivu returned after battling cancer. He didn’t stop there either. Koivu has been playing ever since and has registered 169 goals in the last eleven years. Currently with the Anaheim Ducks, he has netted eight goals and has collected 17 assists this season.

On another note, the Canadiens won this game against the Devils to clinch their first postseason appearance in four years.

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