Henri Jokiharju

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Henri Jokiharju
Born (1999-06-17) 17 June 1999 (age 20)
Oulu, Finland
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Buffalo Sabres
Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2017
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2018–present

Henri Jokiharju (born 17 June 1999) is a Finnish professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing as a prospect to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League (NHL). Jokiharju was selected 29th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Jokiharju selected by the Blackhawks at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Jokiharju was brought up first in the Jokerit youth program, playing for their under-16 and under-18 teams in 2013-14 and 2014–15, respectively, before joining the under-18 and under-20 teams of Tappara in 2015–16. In his draft eligible year, 2016–17, Jokiharju went to play for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL).[2] He posted nine goals and 39 assists in 71 games for a total of 48 points. In the playoffs, the Winterhawks defeated the Prince George Cougars in six games before dropping out in five to the Kelowna Rockets, with Jokiharju adding three assists in 11 games during the playoff run. Jokiharju was named to the Western Conference Second-Team All-Star during the 2017–18 season.[3]

On 12 June 2018, Jokiharju signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.[4] After participating at the Blackhawks training camp, Jokiharju made his NHL debut on 4 October in the Blackhawks' season opener against the Ottawa Senators.[5] In his second game, Jokiharju recorded his first NHL point with an assist on captain Jonathan Toews' goal in a 5–4 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues.[6]

On 9 July 2019, Jokiharju was traded by the Blackhawks to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for fellow first-rounder, Alexander Nylander.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Both his father and brother also play hockey. His father Juha played professional hockey with Jokerit in the SM-liiga and Skellefteå AIK in the Swedish Hockey League while his older brother Juho plays NCAA hockey at Clarkson University.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2015–16 Tappara Jr. A 47 9 20 29 20 3 1 2 3 4
2016–17 Portland Winterhawks WHL 71 9 39 48 38 11 0 3 3 4
2017–18 Portland Winterhawks WHL 63 12 59 71 14 12 3 5 8 2
2018–19 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 38 0 12 12 16
2018–19 Rockford IceHogs AHL 30 2 15 17 14
NHL totals 38 0 12 12 16
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Finland
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Slovakia
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2016 United States

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2015 Finland IH18 4th 5 0 2 2 0
2015 Finland U17 5th 5 1 0 1 2
2016 Finland WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 3 3 10
2018 Finland WJC 6th 5 2 2 4 2
2019 Finland WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 2 3 5 2
2019 Finland WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 0 3 3 2
Junior totals 29 5 10 15 16
Senior totals 10 0 3 3 2

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
WHL
West Second All-Star Team 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hine, Chris (25 June 2017). "Blackhawks trade down, select D Henri Jokiharju with 29th pick in NHL draft". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Hawks Select Two Players in CHL Import Draft". winterhawks.com. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Glass, Jokiharju Named to WHL's Western Conference All-Star Teams; Glass Named Most Sportsmanlike Player". winterhawks.com. 31 March 2018. Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Jokiharju agrees to three-year contract with Blackhawks". NHL.com. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  5. ^ Fraser, Callum (4 October 2018). "Blackhawks at Senators preview". NHL.com. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ Wescott, Chris (7 October 2018). "RECAP: Blackhawks 5, Blues 4 OT". NHL.com. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Sabres acquire Henri Jokiharju". Buffalo Sabres. 9 July 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "2017 NHL Draft: Jokiharju soars to stardom with Winterhawks". whl.ca. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 17 November 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nick Schmaltz
Chicago Blackhawks first round draft pick
2017
Succeeded by
Adam Boqvist