Wild give Koivu seven-year extension

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, Last Updated: 10:01 AM ET

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Wild gave centre and team captain Mikko Koivu a seven-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season, the team announced on Wednesday.

Last season over 80 games he set career highs in goals (22), assists (49) and points (71). He also earned a Bronze Medal with Team Finland at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

"I am pleased to announce that our captain, Mikko Koivu, has signed a seven- year contract extension which will keep him in a Wild uniform through the 2017-18 season," said Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher. "This is an historic day for the Wild. Mikko is the flag in the ground that we will build our team around. He is our franchise player, an excellent leader and an exceptional hockey player."

Over his five seasons in the NHL, all with Minnesota, the 27-year-old has 79 goals and 176 assists in 362 games.


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