Jussi Jokinen

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Jussi Jokinen
Jussi Jokinen 2013-12-21.JPG
With the Penguins in December 2013
Born (1983-04-01) April 1, 1983 (age 32)
Kalajoki, Finland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Florida Panthers
Dallas Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning
Carolina Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 192nd overall, 2001
Dallas Stars
Playing career 2001–present

Jussi Petteri Jokinen (born April 1, 1983) is a Finnish professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Florida Panthers (NHL). Drafted by the Dallas Stars in 2001 in the sixth round, 192nd overall, with which he spent his first three NHL seasons with, Jokinen has also played in the NHL for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jokinen is of no relation to Olli Jokinen of the St. Louis Blues, but has a younger brother, Juho, who also plays ice hockey. Jussi Jokinen is widely considered shootout and faceoff specialist in the NHL. [1]

Playing career[edit]

Professional[edit]

Jokinen was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the sixth round, 192nd overall, at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his four seasons before his NHL debut playing for Kärpät of the SM-liiga, the top Finnish league.

In his rookie year in 2005–06, Jokinen gained a great reputation in the NHL as one of the top shootout specialists in the NHL.[2][3] Until being stopped by Vesa Toskala, he was a remarkable nine-for-nine in shootouts before his first unsuccessful attempt.[3] He can be seen pulling some unique dekes, such as the one-handed, slide-in goal (as made famous by Peter Forsberg) — also known as "The Paralyzer" — in shootouts.

With the Hurricanes in 2009.

On November 16, 2007, Jokinen scored four goals against the Colorado Avalanche in a 6–1 win.

At the NHL trade deadline, on February 26, 2008, Jokinen was dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning, along with Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick, in exchange for Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist.

On February 4, 2009, Jokinen was placed on waivers by the Lightning and later, on February 7, 2009, was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick.[4] During the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs, on April 21, he scored the latest regulation game-winning goal in NHL playoff history, with 0.2 seconds remaining in the third period, as the Hurricanes defeated the New Jersey Devils 4–3 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.[5]

On June 29, 2009, the Hurricanes signed Jokinen to a two-year contract worth $3.4 million ($1.5 million in 2009–10 and $1.9 million in 2010–11).[6]

As of November 19, 2009, Jokinen has scored a total of 25 goals in 46 shootout attempts, with an impressive 54.3% success rate. Eight of those shootout goals were game-winners.[7]

Jokinen re-signed with former Finnish club Kärpät during the 2012–13 NHL lockout, committing himself there until the resumption of the NHL season in January 2013.[8]

On March 26, 2013, Jokinen was placed on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes.

On April 3, 2013, Jokinen was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick in 2013.[9] In his first game with the Penguins, Jokinen scored Pittsburgh's lone goal in regulation and tallied the only shootout goal for the team's 2–1 victory over the New York Rangers.[10]

In the 2013–14 season, on October 8, 2013, Jokinen scored his first hat-trick with the Penguins in a 5–2 win over his former team, the Carolina Hurricanes. Jokinen enjoyed his most productive season since 2010, totalling 21 goals and 57 points in 81 games with the Penguins.

On July 1, 2014, as an unrestricted free agent, Jokinen signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Florida Panthers.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Kärpät SM-l 54 10 6 16 38 4 1 0 1 0
2002–03 Kärpät SM-l 51 14 23 37 10 15 2 1 3 33
2003–04 Kärpät SM-l 55 15 23 38 20 15 3 4 7 6
2004–05 Kärpät SM-l 56 23 24 47 24 12 3 4 7 2
2005–06 Dallas Stars NHL 81 17 38 55 30 5 2 1 3 0
2006–07 Dallas Stars NHL 82 14 34 48 18 4 0 1 1 0
2007–08 Dallas Stars NHL 52 14 14 28 14
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 20 2 12 14 4
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 6 10 16 16
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 25 1 10 11 12 18 7 4 11 2
2009–10 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 30 35 65 36
2010–11 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 70 19 33 52 24
2011–12 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 79 12 34 46 54
2012–13 Kärpät SM-l 21 7 14 21 10
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 33 6 5 11 18
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 7 4 11 6 8 0 3 3 4
2013–14 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 21 36 57 18 13 7 3 10 10
2014–15 Florida Panthers NHL 81 8 36 44 34
NHL totals 741 157 301 458 284 48 16 12 28 16
Liiga totals 237 69 90 159 102 46 9 9 18 41

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 Finland WHC17 9th 3 1 3 4 4
2001 Finland WJC18 3rd 6 2 0 2 2
2002 Finland WJC 3rd 7 2 6 8 2
2003 Finland WJC 3rd 7 6 2 8 2
2005 Finland WC 7th 7 0 1 1 2
2006 Finland OG 2nd 8 1 3 4 2
2006 Finland WC 3rd 9 2 6 8 2
2008 Finland WC 3rd 9 1 3 4 4
2010 Finland WC 6th 7 2 1 3 20
2012 Finland WC 4th 10 5 4 9 8
2014 Finland OG 3rd 6 2 3 5 0
Junior totals 23 11 11 22 10
Senior totals 51 11 20 31 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=663836
  2. ^ Kevin Allen (January 31, 2006). "Shootout is Jokinen's specialty". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-09-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Star not lost without shootout". CBC.ca. 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-21. 
  4. ^ NHL.com (2009). "Hurricanes acquire Jussi Jokinen from Tampa Bay". NHL.com. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  5. ^ "Wild finish has Devils, 'Canes all tied up". National Hockey League. 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  6. ^ "Canes Agree to Terms with Jokinen on Two-Year Deal". carolinahurricanes.com. 2009-06-29. 
  7. ^ "Jokinen's deft shootout skills set him apart". National Hockey League. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  8. ^ "Jussi Jokinen signs new contract with Karpat". Rotowire. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  9. ^ Rossi, Rob (April 3, 2013). "Penguins add Carolina forward Jokinen". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 
  10. ^ "Endgame: Penguins 2, Rangers 1 (SO)". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2013-04-05. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  11. ^ "Florida Panthers sign six free agents". Miami Herald. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 

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