Meet Mikko Koivu, a center for the Minnesota Wild.
Mikko Koivu got his start in hockey in his hometown of Turku, Finland where he was born on March 12, 1983. Mikko Koivu is one of two Koivu brothers currently playing for the NHL (brother Saku now plays for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks after spending many seasons as the captain of the Montreal Canadiens).
Clearly Mikko Koivu grew up in a hockey family, and though Mikko may find himself on the other side of the puck as Saku in the NHL, the brothers frequently play as teammates internationally.
Minnesota picked Koivu in the first round of the 2001 NHL draft as the 6th pick overall. Koivu has been with the Minnesota Wild hockey team ever since. In the 2010 offseason, Mikko Koivu signed a franchise record seven-year, $47 million contract extension that will keep him in Minnesota through the 2017-2018 season.
Mikko Koivu is by far a Wild fan favorite and is the captain of the Minnesota Wild hockey team. He is a locker room leader and a lot of fun to watch on the ice. Put on your Mikko Koivu jersey and buy your Minnesota Wild tickets and head over to the Xcel Energy Center this season to see Mikko Koivu and the entire Minnesota Wild roster in action.