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 January. Koivu, who also served as October and November captain, becomes the third player in Wild history to serve as captain for three months in one season. 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 37 points (11-26=37). He leads Wild forwards in ice time (22:06) and is second on the team with a plus-three. 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 154 points (48-106=154) in 239 career games during three-plus seasons with Minnesota. He is tied for fourth in team history with 106 assists, and his 154 points are sixth-most in team history. Koivu was the Wild’s first-round pick (No. 6 overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Only Brad Bombardir (four times in 2002-03) and Brian Rolston (three times in 2006-07) have been captain for three or more months in a season. Bombardir holds the Wild’s all-time record, serving as captains for seven total months in his career.
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.