Thursday, August 19, 2004
Updated: August 20, 4:02 PM ET
Mikko Koivu was drafted 6th overall in '01
HELSINKI, Finland -- Finland will have a second set of
brothers on its 2004 World Cup of Hockey roster as center Mikko
Koivu was added to the team Wednesday, replacing Esa Pirnes of
the Los Angeles Kings.
Pirnes, who collected three goals and eight assists in 57 games
with the Kings last season, suffered an ankle injury in June and
is unable to participate in the World Cup, which begins later
Selected sixth overall by Minnesota in the 2001 draft, Koivu
will join Team Finland at the beginning of training camp Friday. He has spent the past four seasons with TPS Turku of
the Finnish Elite League, recording 17 goals and 41 assists in
The 21-year-old Koivu joins Montreal Canadiens captain Saku
Koivu on Finland's roster. Brothers Jarkko
Ruutu of the Vancouver Canucks and Tuomo Ruutu of the Chicago
Blackhawks were named to the team's original roster in May.
Finland will get the World Cup underway when it plays the Czech
Republic on Aug. 30 at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki.