Mikko Koivu

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Mikko Koivu
Mikko Koivu Wild.png
Born (1983-03-12) March 12, 1983 (age 31)
Turku, Finland
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 222 lb (101 kg; 15 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
TPS (SM-liiga)
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 6th overall, 2001
Minnesota Wild
Playing career 2000–present

Mikko Sakari Koivu (born March 12, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey center who currently serves as captain of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Koivu was the captain for the gold-winning Finnish national team at the 2011 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships.

Playing career[edit]

After playing in the Finnish junior leagues, Koivu began playing for TPS of the SM-liiga as a seventeen-year-old in 2000–01, the same team for which older brother Saku also once played. He was selected 6th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild and continued to play with TPS Turku for three more seasons.

Koivu moved to North America in the 2004–05 to play for Minnesota's AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, while that NHL season was canceled. The next season, he made his NHL debut with the Wild, scoring 21 points in his rookie season. In 2006–07, Koivu improved to a career-high 20 goals, 34 assists and 54 points. Injuries slowed him down in his third season; in a game against the Vancouver Canucks, defenseman Mattias Öhlund retaliated to an unpenalized elbow from Koivu and slashed him, breaking a bone in Koivu's leg. Ohlund was given a four game suspension and Koivu missed 24 games.[1]

Koivu faces off against Carolina's Jussi Jokinen

Before the 2008–09 season started, Koivu was announced as a permanent alternate captain for the entire season along with teammate Andrew Brunette,[2] assuming they were not captain for the month (the Wild captaincy was rotated among the players on a monthly basis, each season). But Koivu started the 2008–09 season as team captain for the months of October[3] and November.[4] Though rumors swirled that 'then' Wild coach Jacques Lemaire was close to ending the captain rotation and naming Koivu the permanent captain, he was replaced by Kim Johnsson in December, and went back to his role as alternate captain. In January 2009, Koivu was once again honored with the Wild captaincy after only a month's pause.[5]

On October 16, 2008, Koivu tied a Wild franchise record for most assists in a game with four against the Florida Panthers. He also added a goal for a career-high five-point game as the Wild defeated Florida 6–2.[6] In July 2009, it was announced that Koivu would be on the cover of Finland's version of the video game, NHL 10. He was also voted the best Finn by NHL.com.

Koivu was named the first permanent captain in franchise history (the team rotated alternate captains for one more season) on October 20, 2009, and during the ensuing offseason signed a then franchise record seven-year, $47 million contract extension on July 16, 2010, which went into effect during the 2011–2012 season.[7]

On January 12, 2012, Koivu was selected to his first NHL All-Star game.[8] However, he was unable to participate due to injury.

On March 18, 2014, Koivu recorded 3 points in a 6-0 win over the New York Islanders, becoming the Minnesota Wild's all-time leading scorer with 438 points in 588 games. [9]

International play[edit]

Mikko Koivu
MikkoKoivu2008IIHF.jpg
Koivu at the 2008 World Championships
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Finland
Olympic Games
Silver 2006 Turin
Bronze 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Gold 2011 Bratislava
Silver 2007 Moscow
Bronze 2006 Riga
Bronze 2008 Halifax
World Cup
Silver 2004 Canada
World Junior Championships
Silver 2001 Moscow
Bronze 2002 Czech Republic
World Junior U18 Championships
Gold 2000 Switzerland
Bronze 2001 Finland

As a junior, Koivu competed in two World Junior U18 Championships, capturing gold in 2000 and bronze in 2001. Koivu did double duty in 2001, also participating in the World Junior Championships, earning a silver medal while contributing 3 assists. He played in his second World Juniors the following year in 2002, tallying 5 points in 6 games as Finland captured another silver medal. It also marked Koivu's fourth and final medal in junior international play. These junior years also marked the start for Koivu's long-time collaboration in the national team with Tuomo Ruutu with whom he has been often paired as an effective playmaker-scorer duo ever since, in similar manner as his big brother usually finds himself together with Teemu Selänne.

Before making his North American début in the AHL, Koivu competed in the 2004 World Cup as Finland finished runner-up to Team Canada. Two years later, he appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Koivu failed to register a point as Finland finished with a silver medal.

Beginning in 2006, Koivu appeared in three consecutive World Championships. He helped Finland to a bronze medal in 2006 with 4 points, then matched his output the following year with another 4 points in 2007 as Finland improved to a silver medal. In the 2008 World Championships, Koivu became a key contributor, tallying an international career-high 9 points in 9 games as Finland won the bronze medal. He was asked to join the team in 2009, and again in 2010, but he had to decline both times due to injuries. He was part of the team that won the bronze medal in Vancouver 2010. In 2011, Koivu was able to accept the invitation and led Finland, as the captain of the team, to its second gold medal at World Championships.

He was named to Team Finland for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but due to an injury sustained in the NHL regular season he was unable to play.

Personal[edit]

On or off the ice, Koivu is known to be extremely competitive. His older brother, Saku Koivu was the longtime captain of the Montreal Canadiens, but now plays with the Anaheim Ducks and is an alternate captain there. Their father is Jukka Koivu, the former head coach of TPS, for which both Saku and Mikko have played. A few of Koivu's best friends are his national team collaborator Tuomo Ruutu of the New Jersey Devils and Koivus former teammate Kurtis Foster. He spends summers with his family and friends in Turku, Finland, his hometown. Koivu owns a suite in the Xcel Energy Center, which he shares with teammate Niklas Backstrom and former teammate Nick Schultz. It is called M&N's Suite 4 Kids and they donate it to children with serious medical conditions. Koivu served in the Finnish Army during the summer of 2011 as a conscript.[10] On October 14, 2011, Koivu donated two rooms to the Minnesota Children's Hospital epilepsy and neurological unit.

Records and awards[edit]

  • Minnesota Wild franchise record for most assists in a game (tied) – 4 (October 16, 2008, against the Florida Panthers and again on January 2, 2011, against the Phoenix Coyotes).
  • First ever permanent captain for the Minnesota Wild (October 20, 2009).
  • Selected to play in 2012 NHL All-Star Game, but unable to play due to injury.
  • World championship 2011 (as captain of team Finland).
  • Minnesota Wild all-time franchise points leader (452 as of 2013-2014 season)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 TPS SM-l 21 0 1 1 2
2001–02 TPS SM-l 48 4 3 7 34 8 0 3 3 4
2002–03 TPS SM-l 37 7 13 20 20 7 2 2 4 6
2003–04 TPS SM-l 45 6 24 30 36 13 1 7 8 8
2004–05 Houston Aeros AHL 67 20 28 48 47 5 1 0 1 2
2005–06 Minnesota Wild NHL 64 6 15 21 40
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 82 20 34 54 58 5 1 0 1 4
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 57 11 31 42 42 6 4 1 5 4
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 79 20 47 67 66
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 80 22 49 71 50
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 71 17 45 62 50
2011–12 Minnesota Wild NHL 55 12 32 44 28
2012–13 TPS SM-l 10 5 5 10 16
2012–13 Minnesota Wild NHL 48 11 26 37 26 5 0 0 0 8
2013–14 Minnesota Wild NHL 65 11 43 54 24 13 1 6 7 10
NHL totals 601 130 319 452 384 29 6 7 13 26

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Preceded by
Marian Gaborik
Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
2001
Succeeded by
Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Preceded by
Nick Schultz
Minnesota Wild captain
February 2008
Succeeded by
Marian Gaborik
Preceded by
Marian Gaborik
Minnesota Wild captain
October and November 2008
Succeeded by
Kim Johnsson
Preceded by
Kim Johnsson
Minnesota Wild captain
January 2009
Succeeded by
Andrew Brunette
Preceded by
Andrew Brunette
Minnesota Wild captain
March 2009–present
Incumbent

NOTE: In March and April 2009, and then for the start of October 2009, Mikko Koivu was captain as part of the Minnesota Wild's rotating captaincy. Early in the 2009-10 NHL season, the Wild ended the rotating captaincy and Koivu was named as the Wild's first permanent captain.