| Martin Skoula and the Czechs left Riga, Latvia with silver medals. |
The Wild went three-for-three in the Winter Olympics with Daniel Tjarnqvist of Sweden (gold), Mikko Koivu
of Finland (silver) and Filip Kuba of the Czech Republic (bronze) all winning medals. The Swedes became the first team to win the Olympics and the World Championships in the same year, but they did so without the services of Tjarnqvist.
Nevertheless, two Wild players - Martin Skoula of the Czech Republic and Mikko Koivu of Finland - brought home some more hardware from Europe at the World Championships in Latvia. Skoula and the Czechs dropped a 4-0 decision to the Swedes in the gold medal game on Sunday. Skoula finished the tournament with two assists and 19 shots on goal in nine games played.
Koivu added a bronze medal to his quickly growing trophy case in World competition. Not only did he win silver in Torino, Italy, but he also came away with a second-place finish with Finland in the World Cup of Hockey in 2004. Finland dumped Nick Schultz in Canada in the bronze medal game, 5-0.
Koivu finished the tournament with two goals and two assists in nine games. Schultz, who won gold as a member of Team Canada at the 2004 World Championships, picked up two assists in nine games and posted a +4 rating.
Three Wild prospects also participated in the tournament. Patrick O’Sullivan of Team USA scored a goal on his only shot of the tournament, picking up the game-winner against Latvia in the preliminary round. Defenseman Grigory Misharin picked up an assist in three games with Team Russia. Morten Madsen of Denmark was held without a point in three games played.