Yet another NHL star and captain has been ruled out of this years Sochi Winter Olympics as Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will not travel and play for Team Finland at this year’s hockey tournament.
The news was revealed via Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Koivu was injured on January 5 against the Washington Capitals, and had surgery on the injured ankle the very next day in hopes of being able to play for his country. Unfortunately for him, however, doctors didn’t clear him in time to be able to participate in what could be the last Olympic games that NHL players participate in.
Koivu is the second Finnish player to be ruled out of the Olympics today as Tampa Bay Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula will miss the next three weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his ankle that was suffered last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The loss of Koivi, and Filppula, puts a big dent in Finland’s chances of bringing home the gold in Sochi this year. With stacked teams like Canada, Russian, Sweden and the United States, Finland is going to have its back against the wall the entire tournament. Still, anything can happen when it comes to the game of hockey.