The Minnesota Wild have re-signed longtime center and captain Mikko Koivu to a new $11 million dollar contract with an annual average of $5.5 million per season. Koivu was drafted sixth overall by the Wild in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Before joining the Wild, Koivu spent two and a half seasons in Finland with TPS Turku wherein 161 career games he put up 22 goals and 46 assists for 68 points. He also had 108 penalty minutes and a plus 20 rating.
Koivu made his North American debut during the 2004-05 season. During that year he’d play for the Houston Aeros in the AHL appearing in 67 games for the club. And in those 67 games, he had 20 goals and 28 assists for 48 points with 47 penalty minutes with a minus-one rating.
The following year though he would play for the Minnesota Wild and become a regular for the team from then on out. He was named an assistant captain in the 2007-08 season and would hold the “A” for the team until 2009-10 when he would become the captain.
Coincidentally his best offensive season came when he was named the captain, during that year he put up 22 goals and 49 assists for 71 points with 50 penalty minutes despite the minus-two rating. The closest he’s come to that was the year before when he had 67 points in 79 games.
Besides playing in the NHL, Koivu has still been active in the Finnish Elite League as TPS’ franchise owner from 2007-08 to 2016-17. On top of that, he’s also played in a significant amount of International tournaments.
In 1999-00 Koivu won a U-18 World Junior Championship Gold medal, however, the following year he’d only win a Bronze medal for the same tournament as well as a Silver medal for the U-20 World Juniors. He’d win another Bronze medal, but this time the in the U-20 World Juniors. He also played in the Olympics on two occasions. In 2005-06 he won a Silver medal and in 2009-10 he’d go on to win a Bronze with team Finland.