Mikko Koivu got a big taste of what it's like to celebrate the pinnacle of success this offseason. A hundred thousand hockey fanatics flooded downtown for one gargantuan party to celebrate the championship of a team Koivu captained. Koivu was treated like royalty, getting to twirl with the president on stage, and getting to address the screaming, crying, drinking crowd that considered him the king of heroes. Unfortunately for Wild fans, this gala took place across the Atlantic in Helsinki, Finland, rather than on the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul. In May, Koivu helped lead Finland to its first world championship in 16 years. "I think people here don't understand how big a deal it is for us when you win it," Koivu said. "When you see people running in the streets and swimming in the water fountains naked, it was just nuts."
Desire to win burns in Wild captain Koivu
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Sep 22