Mikko Sakari Koivu (born March 12, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey center currently playing for, and serving as captain of, the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Koivu was drafted sixth overall in 2001 by the Wild, and has spent his entire NHL career with Minnesota.
March 12, 1983|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
6th overall, 2001|
After playing in the Finnish junior leagues, Koivu began playing for TPS of the SM-liiga as a 17-year-old in the 2000–01 season, the same team for which older brother Saku also once played. He was selected sixth overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild and continued to play with TPS for three more seasons.
Koivu moved to North America in the 2004–05 to play for Minnesota's American Hockey League (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. He signed a one-year contract with the Wild on July 18, 2006.
In 2006–07, Koivu improved to a career-high 20 goals, 34 assists and 54 points. Injuries slowed him down in his third season, however; in a game against the Vancouver Canucks, defenceman Mattias Öhlund retaliated to an unpenalized elbow from Koivu and slashed him, breaking a bone in Koivu's leg. Öhlund was given a four-game suspension and Koivu missed 24 games as a result of the injury.
On June 30, 2007, the Wild re-signed Koivu to a four-year, $13 million contract worth $3.25 million annually.
Before the 2008–09 season commenced, Koivu was announced as a permanent alternate captain for the entire season, along with teammate Andrew Brunette, 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 and November. Though rumors swirled that then-Wild Head Coach Jacques Lemaire was close to ending the captain rotation and naming Koivu the permanent captain, he was replaced by Kim Johnsson in December, reverting to his role as alternate captain. In January 2009, Koivu was once again honoured with the Wild captaincy after only a month's hiatus.
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. In July 2009, it was announced that Koivu would be on the cover of Finland's version of EA Sports' video game NHL 10. He was also voted the best Finn in the League by NHL.com.
Koivu was named the first permanent captain in Wild franchise history on October 20, 2009. During the ensuing off-season, he signed a then-franchise-record seven-year, $47 million contract extension on July 16, 2010, which went into effect during the 2011–12 season.
On September 18, 2017, the Wild signed Koivu to a two-year, $11 million contract extension worth $5.5 million annually.
On February 6, 2019, Koivu was ruled out for the remainder of the 2018-19 season after suffering a tear in his Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and meniscus in his right knee. The incident occurred the night before in a game against the Buffalo Sabres. He ended his season with eight goals and 29 points in 48 games.
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 three assists.
He played in his second World Junior Championship the following year in 2002, tallying five points in six 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 older brother Saku usually found himself with Teemu Selänne.
Before making his North American debut in the AHL, Koivu competed in the 2004 World Cup as Finland finished runner-up to Canada. Two years later, he appeared in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. 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 four points, then matched his output the following year with another four 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 nine points in nine 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.
Koivu was part of the team that won the bronze medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 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.
Koivu was again named team captain of Finland for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey competition in Toronto. He was the only Finnish player to return to the tournament after playing in the 2004 edition.
Koivu's older brother is Saku Koivu, the longtime captain of the Montreal Canadiens and alternate captain for the Anaheim Ducks before his retirement in 2014. Their father is Jukka Koivu, the former head coach of TPS, for which both Saku and Mikko have played. A number of Koivu's friends include Tuomo Ruutu of the New Jersey Devils and Koivu's former Minnesota teammate, Kurtis Foster.
Mikko, his brother Saku and Miika Kiprusoff along with former Supercell owners Ilkka Paananen and Mikko Kodisoja are all minority owners of HC TPS Turku Oy, the company which operates TPS Turku hockey team.
Koivu spends summers with his family and friends in his hometown of Turku, Finland. He owns a suite in the Xcel Energy Center, which he shares with former teammates Niklas Bäckström and Nick Schultz, called M&N's Suite 4 Kids, and the group donates it to children with serious medical conditions. Koivu served in the Finnish Army during the summer of 2011 as a conscript. On October 14, 2011, Koivu donated two rooms to the Minnesota Children's Hospital epilepsy and neurological unit.
Records and awardsEdit
- Won the Finnish Champion (Kanada-malja) in 2000–01 SM-liiga season
- Won the silver in 2003–04 SM-liiga season
- SM-Liiga Regular season Victory (Harry Lindblad Memorial Trophy): 2003-04
- 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.
- Gold Medal at IIHF World Championship 2011 (as captain of team Finland).
- Minnesota Wild all-time franchise power-play points leader (as of October 5, 2015)
- Minnesota Wild all-time franchise points leader (500 as of 2014-15 season)
- Minnesota Wild all-time franchise games played leader (744 as of February 28, 2016)
Regular season and playoffsEdit
- "Koivu Re-Signs With Wild". NHL.com. Minnesota Wild. 16 July 2006. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund suspended four games for hit on Mikko Koivu". USA Today. 2007-11-18. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- Brothers, Bruce (30 July 2007). "Busy Wild re-sign Koivu, Skoula". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Wild names alternate captains". Minnesota Wild. 2008-10-09. Archived from the original on 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
- "Wild names Mikko Koivu October captain". Minnesota Wild. 2008-10-10. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- "Wild names Koivu captain for November". Minnesota Wild. 2008-10-31. Archived from the original on 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
- "Wild names Mikko Koivu captain for January". Minnesota Wild. 2009-01-02. Archived from the original on 2009-01-11. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
- "Koivu has goal and four assists as Wild win". NHL.com. Minnesota Wild. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Koivu has goal and four assists in Wild win". Associated Press. 2008-10-16. Retrieved 2008-10-16.[dead link]
- Andresen, Glen (20 October 2009). "Wild names Mikko Koivu captain". NHL.com. Minnesota Wild. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Minnesota Wild signs Mikko Koivu to 7-year, $47M extension". USA Today. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
- "Wild Captain Koivu Picked For NHL All-Star Game". minnesota.cbslocal.com. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Wild's Mikko Koivu will miss All-Star game". NHL.com. St. Paul, Minn. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- Tribune, Star. "Koivu becomes all-time Wild leading scorer". Michael Russo.
- "Koivu's Wild Career To Add Another Record To List - Minnesota Wild - Blogs". wild.nhl.com. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
- "Koivu agrees to two-year contract extension with Wild". NHL.com. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Wild captain Mikko Koivu to miss remainder of season". Minnesota Wild. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
- "Mikko Koivu to miss Olympics". ESPN.com. St. Paul, Minn. 7 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Mikko Koivu named Team Finland captain for World Cup". NHL.com. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- "Nyt on TPS:ssä rahaa – miljoonäärimiehille lisää valtaa" (in Finnish). Ilta-Sanomat. 2015-01-07. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
- "Red's Notebook". The Montreal Gazette. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2011-05-09.[permanent dead link]
- Doyle, Mike (16 September 2014). "Busy Offseason For Koivu, Niederreiter". NHL.com. Minnesota Wild. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
- Olsen, Rob (18 October 2018). "Eight Wild players expecting new babies in coming months". fox9.com. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
- Russo, Michael (5 October 2015). "The Old Man and the 'C': Wild captain Mikko Koivu rolls with the changes". Star Tribune. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Eurohockey.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Minnesota Wild first round draft pick
| Minnesota Wild captain
| Minnesota Wild captain
October and November 2008
| Minnesota Wild captain
| Minnesota Wild captain
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 season, the Wild ended the rotating captaincy policy and Koivu was named as the Wild's first permanent captain.