Mikko Koivu does not want to spend much time discussing personal achievements.

Bring up the fact that the Minnesota Wild center will play in his 1,000th NHL game against the Dallas Stars on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW+, NHL.TV), and you'll be met with the same stern and stubborn look that he's worn since breaking into the League in 2005-06. 

That's just Mikko.  

"I don't know," the 36-year-old said when asked about the milestone. "I think it's probably something you'll probably think about it and appreciate it more after you're done or after the season. 

"You're thinking back and thinking about all the years that you've been here, and you're thinking about the teammates and the friends that you've made during the time here. It's kind of emotional, too, once you start to think about the years and how fast it's gone."

All those years and seasons, and all 999 NHL games to this point, have been with the Wild.

Koivu leads Minnesota in games played, points (699) and assists (496), and is within striking distance of Marian Gaborik's Wild-record 219 goals (Koivu has 203). 

"When you think Minnesota Wild, the first thing that comes to anybody's mind in the hockey world is [Koivu]," goalie Alex Stalock said. "He's been here, he's had the 'C' on for years now; No. 9, that's what you think of."