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Blue Jackets Announce Mikko Koivu is Retiring

Mikko Koivu has decided to hang up his skates…

Mikko Koivu Blue Jackets retires

As per a report by a number of sources on Tuesday, followed up by an official announcement from the team, veteran center Mikko Koivu has decided to retire part way into the 2020-21 NHL season. A completely unexpected development, Koivu has is hanging up is skates following a 16-year playing career.

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The Blue Jackets’ General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today that Koivu was deciding to leave the NHL. Now 37, the center has recorded 206 goals and 505 assists for 711 points throughout his career. He played in 1,035 career games with the Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild.

There was a lot of talk about Koivu potentially choosing to retire in a Wild uniform, but he elected to go one more season after the Wild confirmed they didn’t intend to re-sign him at the end of the season. He wound up getting into only seven games for the Blue Jackets and scoring two points.

Koivu has scored 10 or more goals 12 times, scored 40 or more points on 11 occasions and hit the 50-point mark seven times during his NHL career. He will be remembered as one of the greatest members of the Wild organization and this is sad news.

Mikko Koivu Wild
Mikko Koivu Wild

As per a statement made by Koivu and published via the NHL:

This was not an easy decision for me as I have loved every minute of my short time in Columbus and really hoped to be able to help this team accomplish its goals this season, but the bottom line is I haven’t been able to get to the level of play that I need to be true to myself and fair to my teammates, so the time is right for me to retire from hockey. I have been extremely blessed and I am eternally grateful to the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets organizations for the opportunities they have given me to live out my dreams of playing in the National Hockey League for the past 16 years.

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