Mikko Koivu was drafted 6th overall in '01

Originally Published: August 19, 2004
SportsTicker

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 this month.

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 151 games.

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.