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 March. Koivu, who also served as team captain in October, November and January, becomes the second player in Wild history to serve as captain for four months in one season. Left wing Andrew Brunette and Koivu were named permanent alternate captains for the 2008-09 NHL season in October.
Koivu, 25 (3/12/83), leads the Wild in scoring this season with a career-high 56 points (16-40=56) in 61 games and ranks second on the team with a plus-three rating. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound native of Turku, Finland, has collected 173 points (53-120=173) in 264 career games during three-plus seasons with Minnesota. He is fourth in team history with 120 assists, and his 173 points are sixth-most in team history. Koivu was the Wild’s first-round pick (No. 6 overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
Brad Bombardir served as team captain four times in 2002-03. Bombardir also 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.