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Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu to Miss Olympics for Finland

Updated: 02/07/2014 2:51 PM
Created: 02/07/2014 12:36 PM KSTP.com
By: Nick Tabbert

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will miss the 2014 Winter Olympics, he announced Friday. The Wild forward, who may have been the captain the Finland Olympic team, made the announcement at a press conference Friday afternoon, saying he did not feel healthy enough to play.

"I'm not going to the Olympic games this year. I just don't feel healthy enough to feel that I can play at the level that I want," he said.

Koivu suffered a broken ankle during a Jan. 4 game against the Washington Capitals and has not played in a game since. He said he will try to back to full strength when the Wild begin to practice on Feb. 19.

This would have been Koivu's third Olympics. He won a silver medal with Finland in 2006 and a bronze medal with Finland in 2010.

Koivu has eight goals and 27 assists in 44 games for the Wild this season.

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu, left, celebrates a goal with Zach Parise.
Photo: AP/Jim Mone

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