SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.
- Minnesota Wild
President and General Manager Doug Risebrough and Head Coach Jacques Lemaire
announced today that center Mikko Koivu
will serve as team captain for the month of November. Koivu also served as team captain in October, leading the Wild to a 6-2-1 record. Left wing Andrew Brunette
and Koivu were named permanent alternate captains for the 2008-09 NHL season
earlier in October.
Koivu, 25 (3/12/83), leads the Wild with 13 points (1-12=13), and his 12 assists are the second highest total in the National Hockey League
. He leads Wild forwards in ice time (22:00
) and became the first player since Wayne Gretzky
in 1993-94 to begin the season with at least 12 assists in his team’s first seven games. Koivu had a career-high five points (1-4=5) at Florida on Oct. 16. Koivu led Wild forwards in time on ice (20:54
) in 2007-08, when he notched 42 points (11-31=42) in 57 games. He ranked second on the team with a plus-13 rating. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound native of Turku, Finland, has collected 130 points (38-92=120) in 212 career games during three-plus seasons with Minnesota
. Koivu was the Wild’s first-round pick (No. 6 overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Minnesota will continue to rotate its team captaincy on a monthly basis this season based on the player who has shown the greatest leadership qualities