Which Koivu Will Be the Captain for Finland?

saku_koivu_2013A Koivu will captain Finland at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Which Koivu, however, is unknown.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Tuesday that Anaheim Ducks forward Saku Koivu will be named captain of the Finnish Olympic team. If he is unable or unwilling to play — Saku, 38, has been out since sustaining a concussion Oct. 27 — then his younger brother, Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu, will be the captain.

“It’s a question between the Koivu brothers as to who will be the captain,” Finland Olympic coach Erkka Westerlund told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I’ve known Mikko since he was this high [holding his left hand four feet off the ground]. … He’s a strong leader on our team. He knows what he wants. He can help the teammates play better.”

Mikko Koivu has been captain of the Wild since the start of the 2009-10 season, and said he’d be honored to wear it for his country.

“My brother’s earned it,” said Mikko, who won a silver medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics and a bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. “It would be their call obviously, but that’s what I told Erkka: ‘I have no problem if Saku gets it.’

Source: NHL.com Staff