Tootoo in September 2014.
February 2, 1983 |
Churchill, MB, CAN
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)|
|New Jersey Devils
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||98th overall, 2001
Jordin John Kudluk Tootoo (Inuktitut: ᔪᐊᑕᓐ ᑐᑐ; born February 2, 1983) is a Canadian professional hockey player, who is currently playing for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. Tootoo has previously played for the Nashville Predators and the Detroit Red Wings. Of Inuit and Ukrainian descent, he is both the first Inuk player and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to participate in an NHL game.
Tootoo played Bantam AA hockey in Spruce Grove, Alberta. The Brandon Wheat Kings selected him in the 3rd round of the 1998 WHL Bantam Draft. Tootoo played for the Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL) from 1999 to 2003 and was selected 98th overall in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft as the sixth choice of the Nashville Predators. He became the first player of Inuit descent to play in a regular season NHL game when he suited up against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Opening Night October 9, 2003. He was also the first person of Inuit descent to be drafted by an NHL team. Tootoo wears the number '22' as a play on words of his name.
Tootoo got his first NHL point with an assist on a Dan Hamhuis goal against the St. Louis Blues on October 16, 2003 and scored his first NHL goal against the Atlanta Thrashers on October 23. Tootoo has also earned two "Gordie Howe hat tricks"—on January 10, 2004, and December 8, 2007—when he notched a goal, an assist, and a fighting major in each game.
He spent the 2005–06 season between the Nashville Predators and the Predators' minor league affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, where he played during the 2004–05 NHL lockout. On July 21, 2006 he was re-signed by the Predators to a two-year contract. On January 31, 2008, he was re-signed to another two-year contract extension.
Detroit Red Wings
Tootoo was designated an unrestricted free agent after the 2011-12 season. He signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, Nashville's Central Division rival on July 1, 2012. He scored his first goal as a Red Wing against his former team, the Predators on February 19, 2013.
New Jersey Devils
Tootoo attended the training camp for the New Jersey Devils on a tryout basis and signed a one-year contract with the teams on October 7, 2014.
Suspensions and disciplinary issues
Tootoo has faced NHL disciplinary action on multiple occasions for his actions. On March 17, 2007, Tootoo punched defenceman Stéphane Robidas of the Dallas Stars in the face during a game. Robidas was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion. Two days later the NHL issued Tootoo a five-game suspension without pay, and accusations of "dirty" play were leveled. These accusations were resurrected after an incident on October 11, 2007, in which Tootoo hit the head of Daniel Winnik of the Phoenix Coyotes with his shoulder.
On December 6, 2011, the NHL again suspended Tootoo, this time for two games, as a result of a charging incident against Buffalo Sabres' goaltender Ryan Miller in a game played on December 3, 2011. The incident occurred after Nashville's own GM, David Poile, publicly supported league action to prevent such hits on goaltenders.
Columbus Blue Jackets' forward Derek Dorsett accused Tootoo of throwing a sucker punch at him during a game on February 20, 2013. "(But) that's just Jordin Tootoo. You expect those kind of things from him." said Dorsett. "Tootoo was just being himself, being the cheap player that he is and coming in swinging. In my eyes, that should be a suspension. Those are the type of things that they're trying to get out of the game. But he's an irrelevant player, so it doesn't even matter."
Jordin Tootoo's older brother Terence played for the Roanoke Express of the ECHL in the 2001–02 season. Terence had a successful junior career with the OCN Blizzard, and was named the Express' Rookie of the Year. In August 2002, Terence committed suicide at the age of 22, in the wake of an arrest for drunk driving.
He is the paternal nephew of Manitoba Legislative Assembly Speaker George Hickes and cousin to Nunavut Legislative Assembly Speaker Hunter Tootoo. Both are members of the Canadian New Democratic Party.
Although born in Manitoba, Tootoo grew up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, where he was taught to skate and play hockey by his father. Growing up in Rankin Inlet also allowed Tootoo to learn the traditional Inuit lifestyle that includes hunting and camping.
On December 27, 2010, Tootoo voluntarily entered the NHL/NHLPA's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program to receive treatment for an alcohol problem. Following successful completion of the program, he returned to finish the season and play in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.
|World Junior Championships|
Regular season and playoffs
|1999–00||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||45||6||10||16||214||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||60||20||28||48||172||6||2||4||6||18|
|2001–02||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||64||32||39||71||272||16||4||3||7||58|
|2002–03||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||51||35||39||74||216||17||6||3||9||49|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||42||3||5||8||78||1||0||0||0||2|
|2013–14||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||51||6||12||18||104||4||0||1||1||4|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||11||0||1||1||5||—||—||—||—||—|
- Rookie of the Year, Most Popular Player, and Scholastic Player of the Year honors with the OCN Blizzard in 1998-99.
- Nominated as Manitoba's Sportsman of the Year for 2000.
- WHL Player of the Month for December, 2001.
- WHL Player of the Week for the week of December 23–30, 2001.
- Played in the 2001 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.
- Hardest shot in the 2001 Top Prospects Skills Evaluation (96.1 mph).
- WHL Player of the Week for the week of November 11–17, 2002.
- National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, 2002 Youth Award.
- "Government of Nunavut Hansard". Retrieved 2011-11-14.
- Number 22 is number one with Nunavummiut from the Nunatsiaq News
- Roose, Bill (June 18, 2014). "Red Wings place Tootoo on waivers". NHL.com. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
- "Head-hunter pays the price". TSN. Archived from the original on 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
- "Jordin Tootoo suspended 2 games". ESPN. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- "Derek Dorsett wants Jordin Tootoo suspended, calls him irrelevant". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2014-03-13.
- *Terence Tootoo's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Rankin Inlet hockey player found dead in Manitoba
- "kalluk". Asuilaak Living Dictionary. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
- The New York TImes - HOCKEY; It's a Long Way Down to Nashville
- National Aboriginal Achievement Awards
- Poster Takes Jordin Tootoo Inspiration Beyond Hockey
- "Profile: Who is Jordin Tootoo?". In Depth: Aboriginal Canadians. CBC News Online. November 17, 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-13.
- Lethbridge Herald; Now that's a role model
- Official website
- Jordin Tootoo's player profile at NHL.com
- Jordin Tootoo's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Jordin Tootoo at TSN.ca
- Jordin Tootoo at USA Today