1. Mikko Koivu Buries Shootout Winner in his 1000th Game
Minnesota Wild fans will know that only one number has ever been retired in Wild History- #1 for Wild Fans. While it’s sweet, it is sort of tacky. Besides, every organization LOVES their fans and would retire a jersey for them, the Wild just actually committed and did it.
What I think SHOULD happen, is that when the first full-time captain in Wild History retires, the Wild Fans banner should come down, to allow for the organization to properly ordain a foundational piece in Wild History’s Immortality in the Franchise, Mikko Koivu’s Number Nine.
He was the first player to play all 1000 of his first 1000 NHL hockey games in a Minnesota Wild sweater, he’s the franchise point leader, and a mentor for the future of the Wild’s organization. His 1000th game came on December 1st against the Dallas Stars. The game would go to a shootout, where he would bury the Shootout Winner with his patented move:
With how COVID-19 is impacting the Sports World, Mikko Koivu may have played his last game as a member of the Minnesota Wild. His contract is up this season, and when allowed to waive his No-Move Clause to be traded to a contender, he said no, wanting to stay with Minnesota. One could infer it was to stick with His franchise for the lifetime of his career. He also could sign a team-friendly deal to return, no one but Mikko Koivu knows.
But, one thing is for certain. Mikko Koivu burying the Shootout Winner in his 1000th game is most certainly the top moment of the season for the Minnesota Wild. Check out Fox Sport’s Becoming Wild on Mikko’s 1000th Game here.
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