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Tired Of The Perennial Losing With The Wild, Mikko Koivu Joins The Finnish Army

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu has had all he can stands and he can’t stands no more. With his sixth NHL season in the books playing for the Wild – and a third consecutive season without a playoff appearance – Koivu has decided enough is enough and is throwing his NHL career away to pursue a military career in the Finnish army, enlisting on Tuesday. Crazy stuff.

Nah, just kidding. Like all Finns, Koivu has a six-month obligation to serve in his nation’s military and it is an almost certainty that he will not be seeing any battlefields anytime soon. Via the Star Tribune:

Koivu said last week it was “the right thing to do.”

Don’t worry, though. Koivu joined the Lahti sports school, where several professional Finnish athletes have fulfilled their requirements.

“I’m not going to war,” Koivu said, laughing.

Sure, laugh it up now, Koivu. But what happens when you are called to serve a tour of duty in, um, whatever hotspot the Finnish army is currently embedded in. Although my guess is said hotspot somehow involves taking it easy while maxing and relaxing in one of Finland’s world-renowned saunas, something Koivu and fellow Finn teammates Antti Miettinen and Niklas Backstrom were more than pleased to showcase when the Wild were in Finland to open up last season. Which sounds nice.

Koivu’s in the army now (for a bit) [Star Tribune]