Minnesota Wild Players in The Olympics: Who Will Strike Gold?

Nick MaxsonCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 17:  Mikko Koivu of Finland checks Andrei Stas of Belarus in the second period during the ice hockey men's preliminary game on day 6 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Canada Hockey Place on February 17, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Mikko Koivu, along with four other Minnesota players, is trying to bring home some impressive hardware at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Koivu, along with Antti Miettinnen and Niklas Backstrom, is representing Finland and the team made their mark early, defeating Belarus earlier today by a score of 5-1.

Mikko Koivu had three assists in the game and his older brother Sakku (who plays with the Anaheim Ducks) notched one assist on the game's first goal by Ollie Jokinen.

Mikka Kiprusoff started in net today, but it would not be surprising to see Backstrom in at least one game during the preliminary round.

Martin Havlat and Marek Zidlicky are respresenting the Czech Republic and will play their first game tonight against Slovakia.

They are part of with an impressive roster that includes Patrick Elias, Milan Michalek, Tomas Fleishmann, David Krejci, and Tomas Plekanec.

The Czech Republic took bronze in Torino and won the gold medal in 1998 in Nagano.

Finland took the Silver in Torino, but have yet to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics.