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St. Louis Blues Andy McDonald and Minnesota Wild Mikko Koivu
Minnesota Wild Mikko Koivu delivers a hip check to St. Louis Blues Andy McDonald in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on October 23, 2009. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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Mikko Sakari Koivu (born March 12, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey center and captain for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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 whom 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.

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