Tootoo in September 2014
February 2, 1983 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
New Jersey Devils
|NHL Draft||98th overall, 2001
Jordin John Kudluk Tootoo MSM (Inuktitut: ᔪᐊᑕᓐ ᑐᑐ; born February 2, 1983) is a Canadian professional hockey player who is currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Tootoo has previously played for the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils. 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 is widely regarded as one of the NHL's best active agitators, and is able to annoy, fight, and distract other players to help his team win. Nearing the end of the 2016-2017 NHL season, Tootoo has racked up 64 goals, 96 assists and 1008 PIMs in 717 career NHL games since entering the league in 2003.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Suspensions and disciplinary issues
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Team Tootoo Foundation
- 5 International play
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 Awards
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Tootoo played Bantam AAA 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 team on October 7, 2014. He played with the team for 68 games during the 2014–15 season. He scored 10 goals, had 5 assists, and sat for 72 PIM ranking 55th most penalty points in the NHL. On May 8, 2015, he was re-signed to a second one-year $825,000 contract.
As a free agent on July 5, 2016, Tootoo left the Devils to sign a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. On February 28, 2017, Chicago agreed to extend Tootoo's contract through the 2017-2018 season.
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.
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 the former Manitoba Legislative Assembly Speaker George Hickes and cousin to former Nunavut Legislative Assembly Speaker and former Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Hunter Tootoo.
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.
In 2012 during the NHL hockey lockout Jordin Tootoo took it upon himself to head up to his home town of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut in order to host the first Team Tootoo hockey camp for the local kids. Tootoo's main focus of the camp was making sure the kids were having fun and being able to enjoy themselves as a community. “It’s going to be a really positive atmosphere. You’re going to learn hockey skills, but you’re also going to learn life skills and teamwork,” he said.
Team Tootoo Foundation
In 2015 the New Jersey Devils nominated Tootoo for the 2015 NHL Foundation Player Award. Tootoo's recognition comes from all the work his Team Tootoo Foundation has done in his hometown of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and nationally. The inspiration that motivated Tootoo to start his foundation in 2011 was the suicide of his older brother Terence back in 2002. The main focus of The Team Tootoo Fund is to raise awareness for suicide prevention and anti-bullying programs for youths at risk. Having dealt with mental illness and suicide himself in the past he believes to be a strong influence for individuals struggling, often speaking out and sharing his story. 
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New Jersey Devils||NHL||68||10||5||15||72||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||New Jersey Devils||NHL||66||4||5||9||102||—||—||—||—||—|
- Rookie of the Year, Most Popular Player, and Scholastic Player of the Year honours 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 Award, now the Indspire Awards, 2002 Youth Award.
- Meritorious Service Medal (Canada), 2017
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