Skip to main content

Wild: Injury forces Koivu to withdraw from Sochi Olympics

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Unable to regain enough of his health after fracturing his ankle in January, Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu announced Friday that he won't represent his home country of Finland in the Olympics.

"I just don’t feel healthy enough to feel that I can play at the level that I want," Koivu said, via the Star Tribune. "I really think it’s not fair for my teammates with Minnesota, with Team Finland, the management in Team Finland and most important it’s not fair for myself either. It’s been going on the last two weeks, but for sure the last week, just back and forth the emotions have been up and down. Had a good day, then following day it would be worse. Just the level that I’ve been skating by myself, I haven’t been practicing with my team that’s here, I just don’t think it’s fair to anyone to play for Team Finland."

According to the Pioneer Press, Koivu said it became increasingly clear over the last week that his ankle injury wouldn't be healthy enough to allow him to play in Sochi, Russia. Were he to play, he likely would have been named captain of Team Finland.

Koivu has missed 15 consecutive games since injuring his ankle while blocking a shot in a game Jan. 4. He had surgery two days later. He's still third on the team with 35 points, and plans on being 100 percent healthy when the Wild returns from the Olympic break later this month.

Next Up

Redtail Ridge Elementary

Sunbather on the roof triggers shelter-in-place at Savage elementary school

The sunbather told police he was trying to "tan and relax."

Nero

The Raptor Center's ambassador, Nero the turkey vulture, dies at 47

Nero helped save the California condors before taking up his post as an education ambassador.

Ben Leber

Ben Leber named new permanent co-host of 'Twin Cities Live'

The former Minnesota Vikings linebacker was introduced Friday afternoon.

MPR

APM Reports, maker of 'In the Dark' podcast, nixed by Minnesota Public Radio

MPR said "select programming elements" of APM Reports will be incorporated into MPR News.

storm, severe

The latest on holiday weekend severe weather chances for MN

The most significant severe threats are Sunday night and again on Monday.

Arianna Vos

Charges: Driver was drunk, high in head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman

The young woman killed in the crash was a college student studying zoology.

motorcycle

Motorcyclist killed in Ham Lake after passing in the turn lane

The motorcyclist was hit by a car turning onto the road.

Keith Ellison

Minnesota gets cut of Ford settlement over misleading ads

The $19.2 million settlement centers on Ford's C-Max hybrid and Super Duty pickup truck.

Related