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Minnesota Wild to retire Mikko Koivu jersey number March 13

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SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Wild announced today that they will be retiring Mikko Koivu’s jersey number during a special pre-game ceremony on Sunday, March 13 when the team hosts the Nashville Predators at 5 p.m. Koivu will be the first player in franchise history to have his jersey retired.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that Mikko Koivu will be the first player in team history to have his jersey retired,” said Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold. “Mikko has done so many great things for our organization on the ice and in our community over his 15 year career here. He truly deserves this honor and I look forward to celebrating this historic moment with his family and all of our fans. enthusiasts at Xcel Energy Center on March 13.”

He had 711 points (206-505=711), 594 penalty minutes (PIM) and a plus-68 differential in 1,035 games in 16 NHL seasons (2005-21). Koivu is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played (1,028), assists (504), points (709), over/under rating (plus-70), shots on goal (2 270), power play points (251), power play assists (191), shorthanded points (25), shorthanded assists (15), multi-point games (153), faceoffs won (10 354), faceoffs taken (19,290), shootout attempts (107), shootout goals (42), game-clinching goals (18) and playoff games played (59). He ranks second in team history in goals (205), power-play goals (60), shorthanded goals (10), penalty minutes (592), playoff points (28) and playoff assists (17), T-2nd in overtime goals. (5) and third in game-winning goals (33).

“Nobody worked harder than Mikko during his time with the Minnesota Wild,” Wild general manager Bill Guerin said. “He was a fiery competitor and a fantastic captain on and off the ice. Mikko is the franchise leader in many categories, but the impact he had in our community and the bonds he made with Wild fans will live forever. We look forward to sharing this special honor with Mikko and all of our great fans on March 13.”

Koivu was drafted by the Wild with the sixth overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft on June 23, 2001 at the National Car Rental Center in Sunrise, Florida. He played the next three seasons with TPS Turku in the Finnish Elite League before coming to North America. Koivu spent the 2004-05 season with the Houston Eros of the American Hockey League. He made his NHL debut on November 5, 2005 in San Jose and scored his first NHL goal on November 6, 2005 against Jean-Sébastien Giguère in Anaheim. Koivu was named the first full-time team captain in team history on October 20, 2009. After 15 seasons with the Wild, he signed as a free agent with Columbus on October 10, 2020 and has played seven games with the Blue Jackets. before announcing his retirement on February 9, 2021.

Being an active member of the community and giving back to those in need has always been a big part of Koivu’s life. From supporting children’s medical initiatives in Finland to announcing in October 2011 that he was sponsoring two private patient rooms at the Children’s Minnesota Neuroscience and Epilepsy Center in Saint Paul, Koivu has always had a big impact in his community. . He continues to live in the Twin Cities and is a board member of the Children’s Foundation.

Mikko Koivu Career Notes:

  • Played his last game with Minnesota in Game 4 of the 2020 Qualifying Round against Vancouver (8/7/20).
  • Played in NHL’s 1,000th game and scored the game-clinching goal in a 3-2 shootout win over Dallas (12/1/19).
  • Scored his 200th career NHL goal against Chicago (2/2/19). Mikko and Saku Koivu (255) became the 14th group of brothers to score at least 200 NHL goals.
  • Recorded an assist for his 700th career NHL point against Dallas (12/1/19).
  • 2017 Frank J. Selke Trophy finalist.
  • Appeared in 744th career NHL game against Florida (2/28/16) to pass Nick Schultz for most career games played with Minnesota.
  • Recorded a career-high eight straight games with at least one point (3-7=10, 10/15-10/30/15).
  • Ranked third in the NHL in faceoffs won (989) and fourth in faceoffs won (1,791) in 2014-15, setting career highs in both categories.
  • Scored three points (2-1=3) against Los Angeles (3/28/15) to set the franchise record for most career multi-point games (115).
  • Had three assists for the New York Islanders (3/18/14) to become the Wild’s all-time leading scorer.
  • Ranked fifth in the NHL in faceoffs, sixth in faceoffs won and seventh in TOI/game among NHL forwards in 2012-13.
  • Named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game but did not play due to injury.
  • Won a career-high 23 meetings against Carolina (10/7/10) and Arizona (12/31/11).
  • Tied the Wild’s record with four assists, including 200th NHL career, and was a career plus-4 in the 400th NHL game against Arizona (1/2/11).
  • Recorded a career-high 27:41 against Dallas (4/10/10).
  • Named first full-time team captain in Wild history (10/20/09).
  • Set career highs in goals (22), assists (49) and points (71) in 2009-10.
  • Whistled for a career-high 12 PIMs against Tampa (11/28/08).
  • Scored a career-high five points (1-4=5) at Florida (10/16/08).
  • Recorded nine points (1-8=9) in the first three games of the 2008-09 season to become the first NHL player to record nine or more points in the team’s first three games of the season since Adam Oates in 1993-94.
  • Scored his first career game-winning goal at Colorado (2/22/07).
  • Scored his first career power-play goal against Columbus (11/30/05).
  • Recorded his first three NHL assists against Nashville (11/19/05).
  • Scored his first career NHL goal at Anaheim (6/11/05, Giguere).
  • Made his NHL debut at San Jose (5/11/05).
  • Ranked second to Houston Aeros in goals and appeared in the 2005 AHL All-Star Game.
  • Drafted by Minnesota with the sixth overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft (6/23/01).
  • Played in 14 international tournaments for Finland, including the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (captain).
  • Served as team captain as Finland won silver at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
  • Finland’s leading scorer as captain at the 2012 IIHF World Championship.
  • Served as captain when Finland won gold at the 2011 IIHF World Championship and 2000 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.
  • Won a silver medal with Finland at the 2007 IIHF World Championship, 2006 Olympics, 2004 World Cup of Hockey and 2001 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • Won a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics, 2008 and 2006 IIHF World Championships, 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship and 2001 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.