|2011-12: Appeared in his 16th NHL season, his third with Anaheim…scored 11-27=38 points with a +7 rating and 50 PIM in 74 games…ranked tied for first on the club in takeaways (35), second in shifts-per-game (24.5), tied for second in plus/minus, and third in assists…among team forwards, ranked fourth in TOI (18:07)…also led Anaheim in faceoff wins (646) and faceoff percentage (52.4), and ranked second in faceoff attempts (1,233)…finished the season with assists in three of his last four games (0-3=3) and 0-5=5 points in his last eight contests, Mar. 21-Apr. 7…appeared in his 1,000th NHL game on Mar. 12 @ COL and his 200th game as a Duck on Feb. 26 vs. CHI…became the fifth Finnish-born player to reach the 1,000-game milestone, joining Teppo Numminen (1,372), Teemu Selanne (1,341), Jari Kurri (1,251) and Olli Jokinen (1,042)…in addition, was the 33rd European-born player to appear in 1,000 NHL games…collected 4-3=7 points in a three-game stretch from Jan. 6-10, including consecutive three-point contests on Jan 8 vs. CBJ (1-2=3) and Jan. 10 vs. DAL (3-0)…became the 12th different Duck to score a hat trick (36th time total) on Jan. 10…marked his second career hat trick and his first since Nov. 18, 2002 w/MTL vs. PIT…missed eight games with a groin strain, Dec. 10-29...collected his 100th point as a Duck, Oct. 23 vs. PHX.
CAREER: Signed a one-year contract extension through 2012-13, May 9, 2012…has recorded 12 45+ point seasons in his career, including eight in the last nine campaigns…held the Canadiens’ captaincy for 10 yrs. (named on Sept. 30, 1999), tied with Jean Beliveau as the longest serving captains in Montreal’s franchise history…has been named to the NHL All-Star team on two occasions (1998 and 2003) and has won both the Bill Masterton Trophy (2002) and King Clancy Memorial Trophy (2007)…2010-11: Appeared in his 15th NHL season, his second with Anaheim…made his Ducks playoff debut in 2011, ranking second on the club with 1-6=7 points in six CQF contests vs. NSH…his six-game point streak (1-6=7) from Apr. 13-24 equaled the second-longest of the entire NHL postseason (tied with five other players)…the streak was the second-longest of his postseason career…tallied two assists (0-2=2) in Game 5 of the CQF, Apr. 22 vs. NSH…appeared in 75 regular season contests, ranking sixth on the Ducks in points, scoring 15-30=45 points in 75 contests…marked the 12th time in his career he scored 45-or-more points…led Anaheim in faceoff wins and faceoff percentage (707-of-1339, 52.8%)…also ranked tied for sixth on the club in GWG (3)…had nine multi-point games on the season (two multi-goal, four multi-assist)…missed six contests due to a groin injury, Feb. 23-Mar. 6…scored 1-1=2 points, including the GWG to help the Ducks lock up the fourth seed in the Western Conference in a 3-1 win, Apr. 9 @ LA…had a four-game point streak (2-6=8), Jan. 22-Feb. 5…scored 2-1=3 points for his first three-point game since Apr. 2, 2010, Feb. 11 @ CGY…collected his 500th NHL assist on Cam Fowler’s PPG, Feb. 2 vs. SJ…returned to Montreal for the first time since joining the Ducks in 2009-10, Jan. 22 @ MTL, earning an assist…appeared in his 900th NHL contest, Dec. 21 @ BUF…scratched with the flu, Dec. 15 @ WSH…appeared in his 100th game as a Duck, Dec. 5 vs. PHX…recorded his 700th career point as part of a two-goal night Nov. 7 vs. NSH…became the fourth Finnish player and 33rd European to score 700 points, joining Jari Kurri (601-797=1,398), Teemu Selanne (613-664=1,277) and Tomas Sandstrom (394-462=856)…had a season-high five-game point streak (5-2=7), Nov. 5-12…it was his longest since Oct. 11-25, 2008 (five games with MTL, 4-6=10)…2009-10: Appeared in his 14th NHL season, his first with Anaheim…collected 19-33=52 points with a career-high +14 rating and 36 PIM in 71 games…eclipsed the 50-point mark for the seventh consecutive season...ranked tied for 10th in the NHL in GWG (6) and tied for fourth in OTG (2)…among team leaders, ranked first in plus/minus and faceoff percentage (51.4), second in shooting percentage (15.3), fourth in assists and points, and tied for fourth in goals…concluded the year on a season-high five-game point streak (4-7=11), Mar. 31-Apr. 11…within the five-game streak, had goals in a season-best three consecutive (4-4=8), Mar. 31-Apr. 3…his two OT goals (Mar. 19 vs. NYI and Dec. 8 vs. DAL) gave him nine in his career…had a career-tying 1-3=4 points and a career-high +5 rating, Mar. 31 @ COL…was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for Mar. 29-Apr. 4 (4-4=8 points in four games)…faced his former Montreal team for the first time, Mar. 7 at Honda Center…scored his 200th career NHL goal and 10th career SHG, Jan. 5 vs. DET…became only the fourth player to record his 200th goal in an Anaheim uniform, joining Selanne (1996-97), Paul Kariya (1999-00) and Petr Sykora (2003-04)…appeared in his 800th NHL game, Oct. 21 vs. DAL…scored his first goal as a Duck (PPG), Oct. 6 @ MIN…faced younger brother Mikko (MIN) four times in 2009-10, becoming the seventh Duck to oppose his brother in a regular season game…missed four games with a sprained knee from Jan. 17-23 and five games due to a groin strain from Nov. 11-19…2008-09: Appeared in his 13th NHL season with Montreal…played in all four of Montreal’s CQF contests vs. BOS, earning 0-3=3 points…had a career-high four-game goal streak (4-2=6), Oct. 15-25…led the club in GWG (5) and ranked third in points and assists…also led the team in faceoff percentage (54.1%) and second in faceoff wins (607)…assumed 10th place on Montreal’s all-time points list with an assist, Feb. 25 @ VAN…moved to sixth on the Canadiens’ all-time assists list with two helpers, Feb. 13 @ COL…missed 17 games with a lower body injury, Dec. 13-Jan. 20…scored his 600th career NHL point (goal), Oct. 20 vs. FLA…2007-08: In his 12th NHL season, appeared in seven postseason contests, earning 3-6=9 points in seven games…missed the first five games of the CQF vs. BOS with a foot injury…finished tied for second on the club in postseason scoring and co-led the club in assists…had 16-40=56 points in 77 regular season games…appeared in his 700th NHL contest, Jan. 31 @ WSH…collected his 400th career NHL assist, Jan. 3 vs. TB…2006-07: Was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership qualities and humanitarian contributions…set career highs in goals, assists and points (22-53=75)…led Montreal in both assists and points…also put up career numbers in PPG (11) and shots (154)…tied a career best with an eight-game point streak (3-12=15), Mar. 22-Apr. 7…matched a career high for assists and points in a game (0-4=4), Mar. 27 vs. NYR…earned his 500th career NHL point (assist), Jan. 9 vs. ATL…appeared in his 600th career game, Dec. 14 vs. TB…2005-06: Collected two assists in three games in Montreal’s CQF series vs. CAR…missed the remainder of the series due to an eye injury…led the club in assists and finished second in scoring (17-45=62) during the regular season…also led the Canadiens in faceoffs won (759) and faceoff percentage (53.8%)…registered his 300th NHL assist, Jan. 16 vs. DAL…collected his 400th career NHL point (assist) in his 500th career NHL game, Oct. 8 @ TOR…2004-05: Appeared in 20 contests with TPS Turku in Finland, earning 8-8=16 points…2003-04: Finished first on Montreal in playoff scoring with 3-8=11 points…appeared in all 11 of Montreal’s postseason contests vs. BOS in the CQF and TB in the CSF…was limited to 68 regular-season games due to a knee injury that kept him out 13 games at the start of the season…ranked third on the team in scoring (14-41=55) and second in assists…had a career-tying six-game assist streak (3-7=10), Mar. 5-16…2002-03: Appeared in all 82 contests for the first time in his career…established then-career highs in goals, assists and points (21-50=71)…led the Canadiens in scoring and assists…appeared in his 400th career game, Jan. 30 @ NYI…scored his 100th NHL goal, Jan. 25 vs. WSH…recorded his 300th career point in a 6-2 Montreal win, Dec. 21 vs. BUF…earned his 200th NHL assist, Dec. 6 @ COL…had a four-point game featuring his first career hat trick (3-1=4), Nov. 18 vs. PIT…was named to the 2003 NHL All-Star team…2001-02: Participated in all 12 playoff games vs. BOS in the CQF and CAR in the CSF, tying for the team lead in playoff scoring (4-6=10)…won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey following his return to the NHL after battling non-Hodgkins intra-abdominal lymphoma…missed 79 games due to the illness…2000-01: Co-led Montreal in assists and scoring (17-30=47) despite playing only 54 games…recorded a then career-high seven-game point streak (6-5=11), Feb. 24-Mar. 10…matched a career high with a +4 rating, Mar. 14 @ CAR…equaled a career high for points in a game with 2-2=4, Feb. 28 vs. PIT…established a career best in TOI, logging 26:12 on Jan. 20 vs. NYR…played in his 300th career NHL contest, Dec. 30 @ EDM…1999-00: Named the 27th captain in Canadiens’ history, Sept. 30…missed 40 games due to a dislocated shoulder and 13 games with a knee injury…1998-99: Was second on the club in scoring…collected his 200th career NHL point, Apr. 13 @ TB…1997-98: Set then-career highs in assists and points (14-43=57)…led the club in assists and finished second in scoring…appeared in his 200th career NHL game, Apr. 4 vs. CAR…recorded his 100th career assist in a 6-1 win, Mar. 9 vs. FLA…named to his first All-Star Game…set a career high in assists and matched a personal best in points (0-4=4), Oct. 4 @ BOS…1996-97: Led the NHL in scoring (13-25=38) before suffering a knee injury, Dec. 7 vs. CHI…posted a then career-high seven-game point streak (4-6=10), Oct. 24-Nov. 6…earned his 100th NHL point, Apr. 10 @ WSH…appeared in his 100th NHL game, Nov. 13 vs. FLA…1995-96: Ranked fourth in scoring among NHL rookies (20-25=45)…tied for first in the NHL in PPG (8)…finished fifth among Canadiens in scoring…scored his first career NHL goal, Oct. 23 vs. LA (Dafoe)…made his NHL debut in Montreal’s season opener, Oct. 7 vs. PHI…1994-95: Was named the Finnish Player of the Year after leading the Finland Elite League in scoring…was also named to the First All-Star team…Miscellaneous: Won his fourth career Olympic medal (bronze) as captain of Team Finland at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver…joined teammates Jere Lehtinen and Ville Peltonen for a share of the all-time Olympic men's hockey record with four career medals (V. Tretiak, former USSR, and J. Holik, former Czechoslovakia, also have four)...he also won medals in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway (bronze), 1998 in Nagano, Japan (bronze) and 2006 in Torino, Italy (silver)…has also appeared for Team Finland in the World Hockey Championship on eight occasions, winning gold in 1995, silver in 1994 and bronze in 2003 and 2008…participated in the World Cup in 1996 and won silver with Finland in 2004…also played for Finland at the World Junior Championship in 1993 and 1994.
PERSONAL: Resides in his hometown of Turku, Finland during the offseason…Saku and his wife, Hanna, have two children: daughter Ilona (7) and son Aatos (6)…enjoys taking bike rides with his kids, watching movies and going out for nice dinners with his wife and friends…says that if he weren’t playing hockey, he’d be a soccer player in Italy…cites U2, Live, Bruce Springsteen and Finnish singer Lauri Tahka as his favorite musical acts…idolized fellow Finn Jari Kurri growing up…says his favorite hockey memories are participating in four Olympics with Team Finland.