Hockey

The Associated Press - Friday Feb. 7, 2014 15:37 ET

Mikko Koivu, Valtteri Filppula out of 2014 Olympics for Finland

Injuries force NHLers to drop out of Sochi Games

Mikko Koivu faces off against Philadelphia
Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu won't be joining Team Finland at the Sochi Games next week. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Minnesota Wild centre Mikko Koivu decided his surgically repaired right ankle has not healed enough to allow him to play for Finland in the Olympics.

Koivu, who had surgery after fracturing his right ankle while blocking a shot on Jan. 4, has been out the past 15 games for Minnesota heading into the Olympic break.

Koivu, a two-time Olympian, was one of the most experienced players and a possible captain for Finland, which won the bronze medal in the 2010 Games in Vancouver. A captain for the Wild, Koivu has eight goals and 27 assists in 44 games this season.

Valtteri Filppula also out

Valtteri Filppula of Finland will also miss the Olympics after the Tampa Bay Lightning centre was hurt in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Lightning announced Friday that Filppula has a non-displaced right ankle fracture and will be out for three weeks.

Filppula, who had been selected to play for Finland at the Sochi Games, was injured in the third period of Thursday night's game in Tampa.

He has 20 goals this season.

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