Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu is addressing obligatory Finnish military service.

"I'm aware of it," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said from Germany today. "He's fulfilling a commitment over there that he has to fill."

Fletcher said he talked to Koivu when both were in the Twin Cities and Koivu told him his military service "wouldn't interfere, obviously, with his ability to play for us next year."

Koivu, 28, signed up for six months of service in the Finnish Army on Tuesday, starting his service at the Lahti sports school.

Koivu did not return a phone message inquiring about his service status.

Under Finnish law, young men must complete at least six months of military service but not necessarily in one stretch.

Wild prospect Mikael Granlund, the Wild's first-round pick in the NHL draft last summer, also will need to address a Finnish military commitment in the future, Fletcher said.

Fletcher is in Germany for the World Under-18 men's hockey tournament after stopping in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday night to watch the title game of the Finnish Elite League championship.

Granlund's IFK team defeated Espoo 4-2 to sweep the best-of-seven series in four games, with Granlund recording an assist in the final game.

"He played very well," Fletcher said, noting that Granlund tied for the tournament scoring title with 16 points.