Mikko Koivu, a TPS Turku forward, is one of the brightest prospects
When did you start playing hockey?
I was about five or six when I started playing.
Where was it?
In my hometown Turku, of course. I was born there, began my hockey
Who brought you to the game?
My brother Saku was one of the main forces, but besides him also
Who is your hockey role model?
Saku teaches me a lot, he gave me many tips, but Peter Forsberg
Your favorite team in Europe?
I don´t have to take a long time to think about it. No doubt,
And in the NHL?
Another simply question, Minnesota Wild.
Were you happy that Wild has drafted you or would you prefer
It would be great to have the opportunity to play with Saku, but
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HF: First of all I would like to thank you for taking time to do this interview. It is very much appreciated. Like last year when Switzerland tied Russia 3-3 in the opening game, Switzerland started well this year again with a 3-0 victory over Finland. What are your impressions of that game?
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Red Deer Rebels center Mikhail Yakubov was selected 10th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. This is his first year in North America. He previously played for Lada Togiatti in Russia.
Hockey’s Future: What were your thoughts about being drafted by such a classic team like Chicago?
Mikhail Yakubov: I was just happy to be selected, it really didn’t matter which team.
HF: Many Russians stay at home in Russia and play before trying to crack an NHL roster, why did you come over to North America?
MY: I signed with Chicago and they sent me to Red Deer, they felt I would get more playing time.
HF: How so enjoy playing in Red Deer?
MY: It’s been a lot of fun, the team is good and I get to play a lot. The long road trips are tough though.
HF: Being that this is your first season in North America, how has the lifestyle adjustment affected you?
MY: It’s been a very easy transition. The lifestyle in Canada is a little different than Russia but not that much.
HF: What do you feel the strongest/weakest parts of your game are?
MY: I’m not really sure. I’m always trying to improve both offensively and defensively.
HF: The Blackhawks never even interviewed you prior yo the Draft because they didn’t think you would be there at Number 10, were you surprised they selected you?
MY: I didn’t try to guess who would take me. I just figured I would go in the first round and that’s what happened.
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