Mikko Koivu as captain
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01-25-2013, 09:56 AM
Join Date: Oct 2011
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Maybe us Finns see things differently, but most people here see Mikko Koivu as a great captain. He's very popular and respected among fans and Finnish players in Finland, other European leagues and the NHL. All this despite seeing what he's like after a loss. He most definitely reacts to losses very badly even when he's only playing a tournament with the national team, not just in the NHL when the Wild's having a losing streak. The media here defends his behavior for the most part, they know what he's like and accept it. Perhaps people (including the media) here put less value on post-game interviews than in America.
He also likes to keep a lot of things between just him and the team, and I think he has that right. He wants to win more than anything and pleasing the media doesn't help the team win. He's there to lead the team, not to give great interviews to reporters. Some people think he's intimidating, but I feel that if you're scared of him, you're the one who's a fool. He seems to have a strong will and personality in general, which is not a negative thing at all.
Mikko doesn't toot his own horn and doesn't care if someone doesn't like him, but other people, including teammates and coaches are more than willing to sing his praises. Very few players get as much respect here from everyone as Mikko does. He has shown strong leadership and there will be a lot of confused and angry Finnish hockey fans if someone else is suddenly named captain in the national team.
Says it all right here. Even if he is a surly ******* with the media, who cares. You have never heard one bad thing about him from a team-mate, coach, or front office. They respect him and thats what matters. I personally like that our captain is pissed off as hell after a regular season loss. He has fire.
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