ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The busy travel and game schedule of National Hockey League players typically means things like birthdays and holidays with friends and family are missed.
That's why it was extra special for Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu to spend the eve of his 30th birthday with older brother Saku Koivu of the Anaheim Ducks.
"There's a lot of times where when we come here or they come to California, it's a back-to-back game or you don't really have time to enjoy it, so it was fun," Saku said. "Obviously it's a big day for him, 30th birthday; just goes to show how time flies. It feels like he just came over here and now it's already 10 years."
Saku said the two had a "quick, quiet dinner" Monday in St. Paul. Of course, being it's Mikko's birthday, older brother picked up the check, right?
"No, I bought that," Mikko said. "As usual."
Anaheim plays at Minnesota on Monday, when Saku will look to improve the Ducks' record to 3-0 against younger brother Mikko's squad. The Wild will look to run their winning streak to three games.