NHL All-Star Weekend: Minnesota Wild Will Be Represented By Nick Johnson, Not Mikko Koivu

The 2012 NHL All-Star weekend is rapidly approaching and, although it looked like the Minnesota Wild were going to be shut out of the event, that's no longer the case. Mikko Koivu won't be attending as he continues to recover from an upper-body injury, but rookie Nick Johnson has been selected to represent the Wild this weekend in Ottawa.

Johnson, a rookie this season, is replacing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as the rookie in the All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday. If anyone's unfamiliar with what that consists of, Johnson will be competing in the following competitions: Fastest Skater, Breakaway Challenge, Accuracy Shooting, Skills Challenge Relay, Hardest Shot and the Elimination Shootout

."We're real happy for him," Head Coach Mike Yeo said on the team's website. "It's quite an honor, and I'm sure he's pretty excited about it. We're excited for him. I don't know if he would have expected, necessarily, that at this time of the year he'd be playing on the first line and going to the all star game, but it's a real credit to him."

For more on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NHL hub at SBNation.com/NHL.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Minnesota

You must be a member of SB Nation Minnesota to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Minnesota. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.