Koivu has served as captain for Team Finland since 1998 and won medals in all three Olympic appearances, including silver at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, and bronze in 1998 at Nagano and 1994 at Lillehammer.
Koivu has also won gold at the 1995 World Championship, silver at the 1994 and 1999 World Championships, and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and bronze at the 2008 World Championship.
The Turku, Finland native has appeared in 97 international games and 14 tournaments for Team Finland, collecting 34-76--110 points. At the 2006 Games, Koivu was named a tournament All-Star and tied for the scoring lead (3-8--11). In 1998 at Nagano, he finished tied for first in scoring (2-8--10). At the World Championships, Koivu was the leading scorer in 1999 (4-12--16), the tournament’s Best Forward in 1995 and 1999 and a Tournament All-Star in 1994, 1995 and 1999.
It's cool when you think about how many great American players have played the game and the two players that were at that 18-game point streak and what they've done in their careers. It's pretty cool right now, but it was kind of overshadowed by the loss.
— Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after breaking the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against the Kings