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Koivu, Granlund On Way To 2016 Worlds

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Forwards Mikko Koivu and Mikael Granlund will both play for Finland in the upcoming 2016 IIHF World Championship.

The tournament begins Friday, May 6 in Russia, and runs until May 22. Finland opens play May 6 against Belarus (12:15 p.m. CT).

Koivu and Granlund have each represented their country on many international occasions, and were both named to Finland’s preliminary roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. That tournament begins Sept. 17, and runs through Oct. 1.

Both played for Finland at the 2010 Olympics, earning a bronze medal. Koivu captained Finland’s World Championship team in 2012 and 2011; Finland won gold in the latter tournament. Granlund ranked second on Finland and tied for fifth among all players at the 2011 tournament with nine points (2-7=9) in nine games. He also represented Finland at the World Championship in 2013 and 2012.

Granlund also played in the 2014 Olympics, which Koivu was selected for, but had to miss due to injury. In Sochi, Granlund led Finland and was tied for third in the tournament with seven points (3-4=7) in six games. Finland won a bronze medal, and Granlund was named to the 2014 Olympic All-Star Team.

He also was a member of three Finnish World Junior teams, in 2012, 2010, and 2009. He was the leading scorer on his team in 2012 and 2010, served as Finland’s captain in 2012, and combined for 21 points in 19 World Junior games.

Koivu was also a member of Finland’s silver medal-winning 2006 Olympic team. He participated in the 2007 World Championship, and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He has earned bronze medals at the 2008 and 2006 World Championships.

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