COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Center for Columbus Blue Jackets, Mikko Koivu, said Tuesday that he had decided to retire in the middle of his 16th NHL retire season

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Columbus Blue Jackets Center’s Mikko Koivu said Tuesday he had decided to retire in the middle of his 16th birthday Withdraw NHL season

37-year-old Koivu signed a free-agent contract with Columbus earlier this season after 15 years in Minnesota when the Blue Jackets sought more depth in the middle ice

He spent the first 10 days of the season on the COVID-19 list, then scored and assisted in seven games with the Blue Jackets.He was on the line-up during a loss to Carolina on Sunday but was made for that Game scratched on Monday

Koivu said in a statement released by the club: “The bottom line is that I haven’t been able to get the level of play I need to be true to myself and fair to my teammates So the time has come for me to retire from hockey ”

Minnesota’s first choice, sixth overall, in the 2001 NHL Draft, Koivu recorded 206 goals and 505 assists with 594 penalty minutes in 1 since his NHL debut in 2005/06035 career games He added 11 goals and 17 assists with 38 penalty minutes in 59 career playoff games

The Turku-born Finn represented his homeland at many international tournaments, including the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games

“Mikko Koivu is an absolute professional and while we are disappointed that his time as Blue Jacket was short, we understand and respect the decision he made because it is the result of the deep respect he has for us Game has organization and its teammates, ”said Jarmo Kekalainen, General Manager of Columbus

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